How do I tell someone that I would rather them not babysit at my home?

Kristie - posted on 01/19/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am due with another baby in a couple weeks. I have already found a sitter for my other kids, and we had all the arrangements made. My problem is now in the past week she has let me know that she would like to watch the younger kids at her house during the day and at night when the others get home from school she wants to come to my house. I am deep cleaning everything and planning to make some casseroles to put in the freezer ahead of time this way when I come home from the hospital I won't have to do so much. I didn't want anyone here while I was at the hospital because I don't want to have to come home and reclean everything right after I have a c-section and have a new baby. I am just wondering if I am wrong for wanting her to keep the kids at her house and if not how do I tell her in a nice way. Thank you.

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Meg - posted on 01/20/2012

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Whatever situation you are most comfortable with is best. Simply let her know you would prefer the kids remain at her house and explain that it will make it easier for you to get things done, and to come home without a worry. You are hiring her, so you can set the terms as works best for you, just be diplomatic and kind about it, and I'm sure she'll be receptive!

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