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
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.
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.