Babysitting Tips

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Babysitting Tips

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Sara Matrinez, Staff Writer

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Managing kids can be a challenge. One moment their snuggling for stories and telling you about their imaginary friends. The next, they’re biting their siblings and running around all crazy.

How do you cope? You plan ahead.

Babysitting requires skills in creativity, adventure, and play. But those skills are no help if you don’t know what to do when a kid has a playground tumble or you’re not prepared for the realities of a 2 year olds temper.

Have a Business Plan

Planning starts before you get a babysitting job. To get clients you need to know where to find them. If you’re new at babysitting, spread the word by telling family, friends, and neighbors until you get more experience. Think ahead of the kids you’re going to take care of.

Be Prepared

Do you know how to change a diaper? How to bathe a child? Find out before you show up to your first day of work. Your first priority is to keep the kids safe. The best time to prepare for an event is before it happens. Even something as simple like fixing lunch, a little advance planning saves you time and worry. Organize your day, what time you’ll feed them, what they’re going to eat, what time and for how long.

Be an Entertainer

Parents love babysitters who helps kids have fun and learn while still keeping discipline. Get the kids out door if you can. Ask their parents and make sure it’s okay. If you can’t walk or go to a park ask the parents what are some options in the neighborhood.

Speaking of rules, it’s tempting to be the “cool” babysitter who lets kids get away with things parents never allow. But you can’t be a child’s friend all the time. Kids will challenge you. But even though kids try to fight rules they actually need and thrive best on structure and limits. You earn a child’s trust and affection,which makes it the best part.

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