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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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xxSCENEqueenXX

22/Female
Germany
Posted On: August 13, 2007
gamerbe1517 love the SPiD3R PiG and Mrs 11 thing. lol especially how Mrs 11 proved you right again. I may not always spell things right or have proper grammer but i type so it's readable.

and on the whole babysitting thing, i never tried it, but i'm kinda schitzo so i don't think i'd do well being alone and in charge of little kids if something bad happens. I watch too many scary movies... I'd serioussly freak out. lol
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gamerbe1517

23/Female
AZ
Posted On: August 12, 2007
Oh wow, alabamablonde1 you are so right.

I was in complete error.

I'm so sorry to everyone I didn't need to announce Mrs 11's intelligence to everybody when she shows it so clearly. I hope I can be forgiven
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fluffycake1

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: August 11, 2007
lol

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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: August 11, 2007
quite, not quit. dumb a*ss sticky keyboard, curse you!
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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: August 11, 2007
Oh my gosh, mrs_11, your so right for once, we didn't need her to tell us your IQ. You told us all quit clearly

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girlteen

19/Female
Posted On: August 11, 2007
-JezZ

Don't listen to the IDIOTS who SCREAM at you!!

U got great tips and personaly their dum.

I hope to use them in the future!

and IDIOTS

-girlteen
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 11, 2007
FIRST OF ALL GAMERBE1517 I DONT KNO WHO U THINK U TALKIN TO BUT U NEED TO GET YOU S* *T STRAIGHT. OK? BCUZ U DONT EVEN KNO ME SO I DONT NEED SUM DUM A ZZ LIKE U TELLIN ME WHO I AM OR WAT MY IQ IS OR SUM OTHER STUPID S* *T LIKE THAT BCUZ I KNO WHO I AM. AND ALL THAT OTHER S* *T U TALKIN BOUT INSULTIN SUM1 INTELECT FCK THAT S* *T BCUZ U THE ONE BEIN THE STUPID AZ Z IDIOT AND TALKIN S* *T ABOUT WAT OTHER PPL GOT TO SAY. AND I DONT REALLY CARE IF U IS A DUMB AZ Z SPELLIN ALL YO WORDS CORRECTLY OR NOT CURSIN BCUZ I SAY WTF I WANT AND I SPELL MY WORDS HOW I WANT, SO TAKT THAT AND SHOVE IT UP YO AZ Z!!!
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MBranch

19/Female
Harleysville, PA
Posted On: August 11, 2007
I babysit toddlers. I need to know some games to keep them quiet for 15 min. or so. I normally have the responsobility of making somthing to eat.
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gamerbe1517

23/Female
AZ
Posted On: August 11, 2007
To Mrs 11 and SPiD3ER PiG

Don't try to act hardcore with the keyboard.

You look like idiots.

You sound like morons.

You're 13 and 14 years old and you act like you're toddlers.

Grow up.

Stop being imature undereducated douche bags

or take your crap elsewhere.

You have the mentality of a child

and no one wants you here.

Because, (that's how it's really spelled not BCUZ or any other garbage like that) this:

WHo NeeDZ DeeZ Dumb-A** TiPz

can only dictate an IQ below 30.

You wanna be listened to?

Try acting like an intelligent human being,

not a retard with turrets.

P.S.

Hey look at that! Aside from copying one of your comments I mannaged to insult your intelect without using a single profanity! You should try and do that sometime too.
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Dollmaker1103

23/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 11, 2007
I babsit for relatives or close friends only then they don't get too angry if you break the rules slightly.

Great tips
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de1

107/Female
Stockton, CA
Posted On: August 10, 2007
I don't baby-sit but I think the article had some good ideas.
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coleyfelix

19/Female
San Marcos, CA
Posted On: August 10, 2007
Mrs_11, how come your comments are always so negative? I've read the last three articles and in each of them you have commented really rudely.

Anyways, I thought it was a really good article. I baby sit sometimes, and it can be really difficult!!!
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 10, 2007
IM NEVER BABYSITTING ANYONES KIDS BCUZ IVE HEARD TOO MANY STORIES ABOUT BABYSITTERS BEIN MURDERED AND SH*T. EVEN IF THE PAY IS GOOD,IM STILL NOT BABYSITTING,AND PLUS,ALOT OF LITTLE KIDS THESE DAYS R SO BAD THEY MAKE U WANNA JUST STEP ON THEM.BUT I WOULDNT DO THAT.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: August 10, 2007
i babysit alot, and i need to add a trick. i was nannying two young boys a few weeks ago, and the paren were a little stressed out because of the vacation they were taking, so i had them clean their rooms. the older one did it with out too much complaining, but the younger one had a problem. i told him to pretend that he was his favorite super hero, and all of his toys and stuff were the villans. to put them in jail, he had to put them where they go. his room got really clean, and the parents were really happy. for a girl version, she's a fairy, and all of her toys are magic things that she needs to put away or she can't do any magic. to kids, it's like playing a game, and they may even want you to play!
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: August 10, 2007
I babysit my sis sometimes and my friend sent me this e-mail about this baby sitter who asked to watch tv in the parents room where there was a creepy clown statue, which wasn't a statue at all. It was actually a murderer. it was one of those fowarding things.
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