8 Things You Need to Know About Being A Babysitter By: Madeleine Gamard

Most people think that babysitting is such an easy job, but it's really not. There's so much things you have to remember and be able to do: From meeting the parents, scheduling a time/date, changing diapers, and even first aid. If you're struggling or if it's your first time, then here are 8 things you need to know about babysitting.

1) Get to know the parents. When it's your first time babysitting, schedule a time to meet up with the parents. It's important to get to know the parents and gain their trust before they leave you alone with the baby. They will be asking you a lot of questions (some might be personal) so be prepared to answer them. Be sure to also get their numbers to schedule for dates and/or in case of emergencies.

2) After you got to know the parents, now is the time to discuss the payments. Most parents offer the babysitter an average $7-$10 an hour. There are parents that pay based on the number of kids you'll be babysitting. So not a lot of babysitters will get paid 7-10 dollars an hour. If it's your first time, then discuss the payment with the parents. You want to make it comfortable between you and the parents. You don't want to go to over board. This will be best for the parents and yourself.

3) Get to know the kids. Before the big day/night, plan a day where you can hangout and get to know the kids. This can definitely help you be successful in the job. Most babysitters don't do it, but I recommend it. Getting to know the kids can make them feel more comfortable around you when the parents aren't home. Plus, it's great time to know what the kids like and don't like.

4) Be sure that you know how to change diapers, feed the baby, and be certified in first aid. All these listed, are so important when babysitting. You never know what kind of emergencies can occur while you're doing your job. If you don't know how to do any of these, then take a babysitting class. There's so many classes that can teach you how to take care of a baby. They'll teach you how to hold a baby properly, how to change diapers, even perform CPR on them. Remember you want to be prepared before the big day.

5) Make sure that you DO know ALL emergency numbers like: fire department, poison control, and the local police. Also, know where the first aid kit is in case of emergency. You also want to make sure that you follow all the instructions. From snacks, activities, and bedtime. Most importantly, make sure you plan fun activities for the kids like: playing board games, going outside to the park, solving puzzles, etc. You don't want the kids to be bored. Have fun with them and enjoy the moment.

6) Whenever you're babysitting, don't call your crush or your friends. You should be playing with the kids, not gossiping. Don't feed the kids hot dogs or hard candies. You don't want them to choke or have an allergy attack. Be sure to NEVER invite friends over. This is not the time to leave the kids and go out and party. Remember you're being paid to watch over them not leave them.

7) Tonight is the big night where you have to watch the kids alone. Remember to follow all house rules, have all your emergency numbers ready, and don't do anything stupid. If you follow all these steps then it's going to be a successful night for you. HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!

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