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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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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 9, 2007
**your

xXxLilyxXx
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 9, 2007
Thanks for the tips. I was actually just discussing baby-sitting with my friends last night.

But, alas, my first baby-sitting job just moved away. That's a long story.

I suppose I could hand out flyers or something to get the jobs. Could you maybe post an article on how to get jobs or whatever.

COngrats on they child Superhero_1.

xXxLilyxXx
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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: August 9, 2007
LMAO, that depends on the kid. XD My older bro was (and still kinda is) mesmorized (sp?) by the TV but I get restless. Little kids today are so into technology that that would probably work on nearly all of them though.

BTW, congrats on your child Superhero_1!
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its_skiz_not_s

20/Female
Germany
Posted On: August 9, 2007
I don't babysit, sadly.

I really don't like little kids.
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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: August 9, 2007
Nice article! I'm not a babysitter (I hate kids, lol) but these tips are good.
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pumpkinlover1

22/Female
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Posted On: August 9, 2007
Thanks for the tips. (could us some. 5 boys that all look alike is hard to handle)
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The_Aquanator

20/Female
Japan
Posted On: August 9, 2007
Hey, I loved those hints, I've been babysitting enough to have 4 jobs, & I've earned almost $100! Thnx 4 the tips! it'll help alot!!!
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Athenablue

21/Female
Renton, WA
Posted On: August 9, 2007
babysitting is ok i guess
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PheonixDragonf

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: August 9, 2007
I've made a good few bucks babysitting.
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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: August 9, 2007
Im a baby sitter to my brother Andrew,4 years.My cousin Seirra,3 years.And Seirras sister,Peyton,10 months.
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superhero_1

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 9, 2007
I Babysat From 12-16 And All Those Things You Told Me Is What My Mum Told Me When I First Started Babysitting And It Is Easier For Me Cos I Got A Child.
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: August 9, 2007
i got a book called the babysitters handbook and it says most of the stuff u say just its in more detail and it has games you can make up and play
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