Mum leaves hilarious 'guidelines' for babysitter

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When you leave your kids with a new babysitter for the first time, it's usual to want to leave a few pointers to help the evening go smoothly, right? The baby has her last bottle at 9pm, don't give the toddler sweets after 7pm, three books at bedtime ā€“ that sort of thing.

But this mum took a different tack with her babysitter, leaving a 10-point list of guidelines for the babysitter to follow, and Twitter is cracking up.

The babysitter's boyfriend shared the two-page list recently with the caption, "My girl went to go babysit and this is what the parents left her."

The list opened with this suggestion: "I encourage the kids to watch as much TV as possible so they will leave me the hell alone. Feel free to do the same."

Feeding the children could be challenging. The mum wrote, "They do still breastfeed on demand, just download a video on YouTube. It's not hard or I wouldn't do it."

As for solids, "Don't waste your time cooking or providing healthy snacks, just give them pizza and leave."

And the classic babysitter move of inviting a boyfriend over is also covered: "If you have any boys over, just make sure they have an uncle/dad/brother/friend that I can call later."

The witty mum finished her note with something we probably all should tell our babysitters: "Do not believe ANYTHING the kids tell you."

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People on Twitter are loving the note, retweeting it nearly 17,000 times.

"Best parents ever, I wanna be like them when I grow up," said one.

Some were confused and unsure whether the note was a joke, or whether the authorities should be called. Even the original poster admitted, "We still tryna figure out if that's a joke or not."

Others only saw the funny side. One wrote, "Thanks for sharing. It's definitely a joke and one that I'll try when my child is old enough."

Another said, "LMAO I'm pretty sure this was a big sarcastic joke."

Either way, this mum is encouraging parents everywhere to up their note game next time they have a new babysitter come to their home.Ā