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(August 09, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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It seems like an easy job - until youíre facing a bunch of kids under the age of eight. Babysitting can be tough, but there are certain things that can make it easier or at least more tolerable until the parents come home with your hard-earned money.

Bring Something New and Exciting

Kids are rowdy, and they like things to be new and exciting. If you bring something along that keeps them occupied and interested, your job will be a lot easier. Of course your budget isnít huge or you wouldnít be babysitting in the first place, but there are plenty of cheap things to throw in your backpack. Consider dominos, a new box of markers or gel pens, coloring books and a deck of cards. You might also bring a movie or CD if you know ahead of time that television is okay according to your chargesí parents.

Save Your Energy

When the parents leave, donít use up your energy all at once. Running, chasing, playing outside and doing crazy dances are great ideas, but can wear you out fast. You want the kids worn out for bedtime or nap time, but you donít want to be worn out, too.

Pace yourself. Play hard and rest. Play hard again and rest again. Use those neat things you brought to keep the kids occupied. Donít become the main attraction yourself or youíll wind up sore and tired.

Donít Break the Rules

As tempting as it may be, donít break the rules. Sure you might come off as the coolest babysitter around if you let them drink juice in the living room, but how are you going to explain the inevitable stain on the carpet to an angry mom? You may not agree with the rules the parents have set, but until youíre the parent of your own kids, you have to live with them. And then youíll probably forbid juice in the living room, too. Follow the rules and play it safe. After all, you donít want to ruin your babysitter reputation.

Use Common Sense

Think before you act. These are kids youíre dealing with, not friends. Donít tell them your secrets or try to pull pranks on them. When we were growing up, a babysitter locked my sister outside as a kind of joke. My parents never hired her again and we also never spoke to her family again.

Doing something stupid, even as a joke, can really hurt your reputation and it might also hurt one of the kids youíre supposed to be watching. Save stunts, dare devil tricks and your more off color vocabulary for the privacy of your own home Ė not someone elseís.

Bring Some Homework

Finally, when the kids are asleep, you need something to keep you occupied. Bringing some homework along is far better than sitting around surfing the channels, eating all the good stuff out of the fridge or maybe poking around in closets. Keep yourself busy with something you need to do anyway and youíll be set. Watch the kids, make a little money, and get your homework done Ė all before you get home to chat with kids your own age.


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tutugirl

22/Female
Greensboro, NC
Posted On: September 22, 2009
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tutugirl

22/Female
Greensboro, NC
Posted On: September 22, 2009
but they gave me a 100$ buck it was awsome so i start again next summer
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tutugirl

22/Female
Greensboro, NC
Posted On: September 22, 2009
im 12 i babysitted 3 kids a baby a lil girl an they made me take charge of a 13 yearold who accted like he was 3 he cried when his dad and mom left he liked milk in a bottle still and luv to color kitty books he draws like amoron and his hearts look like d,c,k,s he was annoying
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jlove929

105/Female
Morrow, OH
Posted On: July 19, 2009
I babysit my little brother. He probably inherited hyperness from my dad like me, so he is always hyper. And to top it off, he is three. But I love him and I like babysitting.
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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: July 16, 2008
OMG HIRING YOU TO BABYSIT OK HIRING UTO WRITE N)T OK
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denim_girl_101

36/Female
Cleveland, GA
Posted On: February 23, 2008
my daughter babysits her little cousin.
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chompyoliver

20/Female
Posted On: September 28, 2007
Ahh, Babysitting...I love little kids so its really fun. And HEY! I'm making some money and I'm having fun. What could be better?
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dRaMa_QuEeN_51

20/Female
Posted On: August 25, 2007
i agree with islay12! i took a babysitting course and so i know pretty much what to do. the problem is getting the job in the first place!!! my neighbors' kids are like 16 and my parents co-workers kids are like my age. what's a girl to do get a decent job??!!
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: August 19, 2007
yes! totally. does one of parents' co-workers have kids? that's a great place to start, because they are already friends (or at least aqquaintances) of the family. realatives are good as well, along with neighbors. and sometimes you might (only if your comfortable with this and it is allowed) put up signs at a preschool or around younger grade class rooms.
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islay12

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: August 18, 2007
But is there any tipsfor people who need to first get a job so they can babysit and use these tips?
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pau_myself

28/Female
Argentina
Posted On: August 15, 2007
I have never babysitted and I think i'm now too old to do it; I think it's a work for teens more than for young-adults. Anyway the article is great and the advices are good too.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: August 14, 2007
littler, sorry. my keyboard is acting up.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: August 14, 2007
baby sitting is a great way to earn money, and I find as long as you show respect to the kids, they'll respect you. and if you need money, but don't like littleer kids, try tutoring in reading or math, maybe even science and history. then you don't need to worry about diapers or making dinner, and it loks really REALY good on a resume or college application. and you can work on your homework too
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 13, 2007
OK U KNO WAT,4 THE PERSON THAT SAID I PROVED GAMERBE1517 RIGHT,I DIDNT PROVE ANYBODY RIGHT BCUZ SHE IS NOT A TEACHER AND SHE IS NOT THE SMARTEST PERSON ON EARTH,JUS BCUZ SUM1 DONT SPELL WORDS HOW THEYRE S'POSE TO BE SPELLED DOESNT MAKE A DIFFERENCE ABOUT ANYTHING. AND I DIDNT SAY WAT I SAID ALL BCUZ OF MOVIES. OK,NOW IM DONE END OF CONVERSATION.....
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french_horn_lu

19/Female
Sappington, MO
Posted On: August 13, 2007
i agree with Miss_11 .............actually i gotta babysit tonight!!
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