Talk to your sitter about appropriate dress
Let's talk about the elephant in the room. When a babysitter shows up to work in an outfit that unabashedly draws all eyes, it can be, well, really awkward.
A friend of mine described a scenario that may be familiar: My friend and her husband were heading out for a date night. The couple was going to dinner at a romantic restaurant. It had been a while since she and her husband had been anywhere without the kids and she was really looking forward to the evening. She had put on a flattering outfit and felt great. When the babysitter knocked on the front door, she entered the house wearing a very low-cut t-shirt and fitted, if-you-dare-wear-short-jean skirt with platform heels. She looked sexy and fabulous, a little too fabulous, actually, given babysitting tasks ahead of her that evening which included cooking and feeding a toddler spaghetti, cleaning up the mess afterwards, playing Legos on the floor, and reading bedtime stories.
After such a display of fabulousness, Mom was feeling a little less fabulous herself when she headed out the door. In fact, she was downright irritated and angry about the lack of professionalism and consideration the babysitter – who was making a fair wage at her expense-- displayed. She was concerned about the quality of care her children were going to get that evening. How could someone with such poor judgment in how she presents herself for a job be a responsible babysitter?