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  Ten Tips to Survive a Night of Babysitting (Doll Article)

(January 22, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Whether you love kids, or you just love the money that comes from watching someone elseís children for a few hours in the evening, babysitting can be a tough job. Children of all ages can be demanding and if youíre not prepared adequately, you can find yourself out of energy long before your charges are ready for bed. Here are ten tips to survive your night of babysitting with grace and style.

1. Wear play clothes. Sneakers and athletic gear are always good choices as its likely youíll be playing outside or at the least chasing a toddler around the kitchen at some point in the evening.

2. Bring treats. Bring along a box of brownie mix and let the children help you create a delicious treat for their parents. The process is organized entertainment that creates a yummy result.

3. Go online. Hop onto the internet to show the children new activities their parents would approve of. Consider dress up games or other activities from kid safe sites like TheDollPalace.com.

4. Bring a bag. Bring a bag of coloring books, markers and a board game or two. New toys are thrilling to kids of all ages and quiet toys are thrilling to babysitters of all ages, too.

5. Take a walk. Take the kids outside before bedtime for a walk around the block. Let them explore the sidewalk and see if there is a park nearby. Just be sure to okay your plan with the parents so that they know how to reach you in an emergency.

6. Bring a snack. Even though most parents graciously offer you the contents of their refrigerators, bring a snack in case you donít find something you like. A healthy snack provides energy, and you definitely need that. You might want to be sure you have enough snack to share with everyone.

7. Donít start a game you canít finish. Unless you have the energy for a game of tag that lasts all evening Ė donít start it. There is no such thing as a single round of hide and go seek.

8. Stay near the phone. Parents like to call and check on their children, so be sure you are always near the phone. Consider clipping it to your belt or pocket to have it close at hand.

9. Make it an adventure. For everything the children donít want to do, find a way to make it an adventure.Let them take a bath with the shower curtain drawn to form a secret cave. Have a tooth brushing contest. Be creative and get through the tough stuff faster.

10. Relax and clean up. When you do get the children to bed at last, relax and enjoy your break. Then hop up and pick up any messes left behind to be sure you are invited back for another day.


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TheElin_

21/Female
Sweden
Posted On: July 27, 2008
great tips, thanks you!
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 30, 2008
so i pretty much know how to handle kids
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 30, 2008
and i have been since i was 8 years old im the oldest cousin (except for sheena and her parents got divorced and she lives with her dad and her mom is the one related to us)

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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 13, 2008
I HAVE LIKE 10 COUSINS AND I BABYSIT THEM ALL THE TIME
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Brittanybrit12

19/Female
Cincinnati, OH
Posted On: January 30, 2008
i still have a question with this artical:it is too hard to get the kids to bed any advice on how to get the kids to sleep i would really appreciate it!

thanks! brittany
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ilovezelda

24/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: January 28, 2008
I at times babysit my niece and nephew and it's hard. A two and neraly four year old can get OUT OF CONTROL when you dont watch out. If you ever babysit two or more make sure your games include either both or take turns and keep close eye on both, and if they're brats it's probablly cause they're bored, try putting on music and dancing, wears them out soon, active, and fun!
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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: January 26, 2008
Im in fourth grade but im kind of a assistant babysitter,i baby sit my cousins ever friday,they are....4,3,and 1.Yikes!!!
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The_Aquanator

20/Female
Japan
Posted On: January 25, 2008
I babysit my three brothers, and baby sister. It can be fun, (At times) but, when I babysit my siblings, We can KINDA get into fights.... (heh-he...) I don't get paid for babysitting my siblings, but I DO get a BUNCH of mint from watching other kids!

Awesome article!

~Emo Dudet!
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CRIMESCENE_

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 25, 2008
I've never babysitted before, but then again my mum works as a nursey teacher - in a nursery full of bouncy, hyper kids. And I've grown to hate them. So I don't think I'll take up babysitting anytime soon.

Good tips, though. And great article! :]
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 24, 2008
i baby-sit all the time. since i was ten. let me tell you, kids will be mean to "test" you if you haven't spent time with them before. i once had a kid that said "don't come in my house, i'll arrest you." he was five. the next time i came, he was showing me apicture he drew at school, hugged my before bed time, and was very polite. just be all "i'm sorry you feel that way, but i have to stay untill your parents come home." and then be really nice. play fun games. NEVER BRIBE A CHILD!!!!!! do not offer goodies for them to calm down. one exception to that, howeer, is if one gets a little scrape or a bruise. to distract him/her, give them a cookie or a favorite toy to keep their mind of of it while you clean it up.
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Ellie_Emo_xD

20/Female
Australia
Posted On: January 24, 2008
i babysit my sisters all the time

anyone want 2 sisters, 11 and 10???

crazy, annoying (you have no idea)

im home alone thankgoodness mum let them go to work with her.

but next time i babysit ashton ill remember them tips, thanks
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yoshie

21/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: January 24, 2008
i ahve a book that sayz the same as this.
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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 24, 2008
these are pretty good tips. babysitting is really hard sometimes. another thing you shouldn;t do though is start a game of tickle monster, if the kid likes being tickled. they will get you back and it is not fun. trust me
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CinnamonDragon

20/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: January 24, 2008
I baby sit for my church. Normally the little girls are ok with coloring and movies. The boy's however, aren't. Their kind of annoying.... Lol, but great artical. I do a lot of that stuff.



~Cin
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superhero_1

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 24, 2008
Greatt! Thanx!

-Kayley,x
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