As teenagers, we are no longer small children, therefore we’re gonna need some money. However, we are also not adults which means we are not trusted with an actual job. Basically, teenagers need money but its hard for them to get it.
There a couple common jobs that can be trusted to teenagers. A main one is babysitting. I’m sure you all know what babysitting is, because you’ve probably had a babysitter yourself when you were younger! But I am here today to give you some tips and tricks, to hopefully make your babysitting career a little easier.
These people are entrusting their precious little child’s life into your care, for a period of time! The parents are trusting you to know what you’re doing, and so is the child! Its frankly quite terrifying! But even if you’re freaking out, try you’re to remain calm and chill, like the kid would expect you to be. If the kid senses that you’re nervous or uncomfortable they could make your job a whole lot more difficult. (aka probably crying and tantrums and such) But if you’re really too nervous, maybe refer to #5 on this list.
Everyone already knows the basic Emergency number, 9-1-1. But before babysitting, you may want to familiarize yourself with some other numbers such as the poison control center. Make sure you also know:
- A phone number where you can reach your employer if necessary
- a neighbor (of employer) or close trusted person’s phone number for emergnecy purposes (ask employer about this)
- And make sure you know emergency numbers for police, ambulance, fire, and poison center and such.
(hopefully the emergency numbers won’t need to be used, but they’re good to know if there’s a situation like the one above)
This is best if you’ve never met the kid/ parents before. Obviously ask the parent if you can, and don’t just show up like 15 minutes early without doing so, because that’s just weird. But if they say you can, try to get there a bit early so they can familiarize you with things such as: important rules that the child must follow, foods the child is allowed to eat, how long the child can watch tv, etc., before they leave. Very helpful and professional.
When getting information like what I mentioned in #3, make sure you get the routines and schedules of the child’s bedtime schedule, eating schedule and such. Very important.
If you really are way too nervous to start babysitting, you might want to ask your parents if a babysitting class is the right next step for you! Last summer I attended a 2-day babysitting with course with two of my friends at my local women’s hospital! It was definitely very informative and helpful. It also taught me how to CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, which could help save the life of a child I’m taking care of!
This is one of my favorites, haha! XD Basically if a kid needs to get in bed, but doesn’t want to, you could say something like “Don’t you dare get in bed!”(not violently) Works almost every time! (on younger children)
Basically what I’m saying here, is don’t be dumb and use common sense.
- Don’t wear clothing to a babysitting job that maybe be inappropriate or have foul language written on it.
- Don’t use foul language yourself around the parents or children.
- Don’t let the kid do something you think/know the parents wouldn’t allow.
- Supervise children of all ages CONSTANTLY. No being on your phone the whole time!
- Pay even closer attention to younger children while they’re eating and to make sure the don’t choke.
- Be gentle with the kids.
- BE SMART AND THINK YOUR WORDS AND ACTIONS THROUGH. Thank you.
You’re here for two possible reasons.
1) You have a love for kids and want to help parents
-In this case, don’t forget why you’re there! Remember to be a happy and positive influence in the child’s life! Your goal should make it enjoyable and safe for the child, while helping out the parents.
2) Ya need some cash
-In this case you should still remember why you are there! Do a job deserving of the money you want to get. Even if you’re just there to get paid, make sure you still take good care of the kid so you’re really deserving of the money you get.
I hope you guys like this post and it helped you out somehow!
Leave any more tips you may have, or fun babysitting stories in the comments below!!
p.s. be more chill & natasha, pierre, and the great comet of 1812, are both veryyy good musicals. okay? okay.