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  Five Tips for Successful Babysitting (Doll Article)

(July 07, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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If you’re babysitting this summer, you might need a little help keeping your sanity. Young kids have a lot of energy, and anyone with a younger brother or sister can agree to that. Babysitting requires more than just sitting around watching the kiddos entertain themselves, you need to be ready and willing to play supreme entertainment master when you tackle a babysitting job.

Get Ready

When you hang out by yourself all day, you can skip meals or not drink enough water and still get by. You’ll get tired and worn out, but you’re just sitting around so no big deal. Naturally that’s totally unhealthy, but you already know that. When you’re working with someone else’s kids, though, you need to be in fighting form. That means you need to eat up and rest up so that you are ready to take on anything that comes your way. A solid lunch or dinner might just be what you need to make it through fifteen rounds of karaoke or the pilgrimage to the neighborhood swimming pool.

Bring Something Neat

Nothing is cooler than new stuff – especially stuff that isn’t your own. Grab a bag and throw some random items into it. Maybe some sunglasses and funky hats. Or grab your face paints from theater class and show the little munchkins what you can really do. Even just a brand new box of $1 crayons and white typing paper can be very exciting if you play it up and play along.

Plan an Activity

If you’re babysitting for hours on end, the easiest and most stressful question to ask your charges is, “So what do you want to do?” You’re likely to get bombarded with suggestions most of which aren’t allowed anyway. It’s far better to offer the kids choices such as, “Do y’all want to watch this movie I brought or go play in the backyard?” Then everyone is clear on the options and can choose. If you bring a movie, be sure you have parental permission to show it to their kids.

Play Along

Kids can normally play well alone, but playing with the ultra cool babysitter is always more fun. Invite yourself into whatever game the kids are playing and really get to know the little ones. If you play your cards right you might even have a chance to play the Princess instead of the Evil Stepmother after a few rounds of pretend Cinderella.

Ask for a Tour

If you run out of exciting ideas or just need a break in the action, ask the kids to give you a tour of the house. While you are being led along looking at the various posters and favorite art projects, inspiration will hopefully strike and you’ll be back in business with a great new idea for a quiet activity or something more vigorous to kill time easily. If you simply can’t come up with something new to do, opt for a traditional favorite such as hide and seek which can be played for hours if necessary.


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jlove929

105/Female
Morrow, OH
Posted On: July 19, 2009
I had to put my three year old brother to bed one night, I ended up breaking down crying at midnight begging him to go to sleep, cuz he would scream every time I turned out the light and I didn't want a headache.
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: July 11, 2008
Some* XP I seriously have bad typing grammar...
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: July 11, 2008
I baby-sit my four-yr-old nephew and two-yr-old neice tommorow. I shudder to think of it, but oh well.

This will help most definite! Now if only I could convince my mom to convinve my sister to to start paying me and gaining come actual money.
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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: July 9, 2008
Anybody who wants a babysitter of wants to qualify themselves as a master babysitter, contact me NOW!!!!!!!!!!
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TinkerBell1995

19/Female
Wilmington, DE
Posted On: July 8, 2008
I love babysitting. I do it way too much, but at least I have some spending money this summer.
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: July 8, 2008
i mean you
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: July 8, 2008
really ive been babysitting my younger cousins since i was 8 its really no big deal just tell the kids "go do what ever tou want just as long as none of you get hurt" and then give them something to eat
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: July 8, 2008
I used to baby sit two beautiful girls.They loved it when I'd bring crafting material. We would all make ourselves jewel filled crowns. I also saved halloween costume stuff and I'd bring that over too so we could play dress up.

Good Article!
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Rocketship_

105/Female
Japan
Posted On: July 8, 2008
Good article :]

It'll come in handy when I have one niece, and two nephews in the house. Haha...
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