Babysitting 101

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

i got a gif saying what i wanted and its from one of my fav movies ever?!?! heck yeah!!

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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.

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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!

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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)

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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.


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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.



Wrap-Up// May 2017

June 2017

May is finally over! Which means.. School is out and summer is here!! Yayy! I’ve been very sick off an on for all of May, so sorry for the lack of posts. While I was off being sick I got some stuff done. Here’s what I did



  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan {Read}
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan {Read}
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan {Read}
  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan {Reading}
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis {Reading}

I was very busy during May, and I was battling various sicknesses, so I did not get to read as much as I would have liked, but I did enjoy all the books that I did get to. And if you can’t tell Rick Riordan is a fave at the moment!!

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  • Newsies the Musical Soundtrack
  • Heathers the Musical Soundtrack
  • The Light Behind Your Eyes by My Chemical Romance
  • Dear Happy by Dodie Clark
  • Ode to Sleep by Twenty One Pilots

All very good songs that you should listen to!! (warning: The Heathers sountrack is explicit)

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  • On May 4th I performed in my first ever full play, A Midsummer Nights Dream by Shakespeare which I have some posted you can read about it somewhere.
  • As I said earlier I was very sick on and off throughout May so that’s a thing.
  • Within my Thespian Troupe I was nominated for 2 awards, Best Fairy (in our production) and Most Likely to Fall Off of the Stage!!
  • I had my band concert for my school’s Symphonic band that I play euphonium in! We kinda screwed up the ending of our Doctor Who theme song piece, but otherwise we did great!
  • I took all of my final exams for school and officially graduated the seventh grade!
  • I also made a lot more friends, and became closer with a lot of people in my thespian troupe. Unfortunately most of these friends will be going off to highschool next year… Where I will probably never get to see them again.. how fun

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  • I’ve really been liking Heathers the Musical this past month. I’m not sure its exactly healthy but.. oh whale
  • Heroes of Olympus/ just Rick Riordan in general. Rick is a god. Also #Percabeth. goalsssss
  • Dr. Pepper. Dr. Pepper is some good stuff
  • Lying on my back outside with the lower half of my legs sticking into our pool while reading. Especially if there is a light rain.
  • Isabelle Hyde. If you like twenty one pilots or mcr, go check out Isabelle Hyde on youtube. please
  • Theres this one youtube channel called scribs(they used to be galactibun) and they do these animatics on songs from musicals and they’re reallllyyyyy good. Their Connor Murphy(Dear Evan Hansen) is an obsession in itself!

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1) I want to read at least 10 books. Its summer I should be able to do this. 7 of these books should be from my TBR list. My TBR list is superrrrr long and I own a lot of the books from it, so this shouldn’t be too difficult.

2) I want to get better at needle felting. I started this recently and I kinda suck at it.. Like I made this bird (from a kit too) and it looks a little… sick? diseased? not at all like a bird?

3) I should work out more and eat healthier. Probably not gonna happen but.. oh whale.. those cookies are just too good to leave alone..

4)I want to post on each blog with at least 5 QUALITY posts on each. Also probably not going to happen

5) I want to deep clean and rearrange my bedroom, and me and my mom are starting that today so yayy!!!

What are y’alls plans for this month?



Wreck This Journal Giveaway for 140 Followers

Samantha is giving away a Wreck This Journal! Go check it out!


Hi everyone!  So.. This post was supposed to go up weeks ago, and it was also supposed to be for 100 followers.  But now, it’s for 140 followers, and I’m so excited!  I never really thought that redheadwithabook would take off like my doll blog did, but it did!  And I’m so thankful that this whole blog is loved. ❤

I decided to call you guys something, like a family for this blog, and I decided on Bookish Beans.  So thank you Bookish Beans!

Anyways, so yes, this IS a giveaway!

I am giving away ONE copy of a Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.  There are tons of posts I’ve seen all over the internet about people’s completed Wreck this Journal, and I think it’d be so cool if one of you could get one for free!  I also have one, so we can be #twinning.


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Goals// Summer 2017


Summer is approaching!!! I’M SO EXCITED!! In fact at the time I’m writing this I have 7 school days left! My last day is May 31st! I love goal-setting and writing lists (and of course, summer! ) So I bring you,MY GOALSFOR

  • Keep up with Good Quality Blog Posts

-Now that I’ll actually time I might as well use it to make my blogs have better content for once!

  • Start Learning to Play Bass Guitar

-My dad plays bass guitar and I think it would be fun if learned!

  • Read 30-40 books

-I have a lot of books to read and this seems like a reasonable goal

  • Learn at least 5 more songs on ukulele

-I play ukulele. And I want to know more songs. Wowww

  • Learn 2 or 3 more scales on euphonium

-I also play the euphonium and I only know 7 out of 12 scales so I wanna work on that

  • Work out, like at least a little bit

-I’m really out of shape. I can use summer to change that

  • Meet Haley!!!!!!!!!!


  • Spend more time with my dolls

– I haven’t had much me and my doll time because of school, so I’m excited to have time!

  • Deep clean (and maybe rearrange) my bedroom & keep it that way

-My room needs help. Like major help. So that is what summer is for.

– I think we can make this happen!

What are your goals for the summer?


I did a Shakespeare thing


I haven’t posted in forever and so hears a long post explaining what I was doing that made me so busy. Pretty much.

All of my life I’ve absolutely loved the idea of theatre. I’d been in random little like 15 minute musicals in elementary school but I’d never been in a full show. But this year my school got a theater program! So this spring pretty much all my life dreams were fulfilled and my school had it’s first EVER full production. We did A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare! Like the actual legit Shakespeare. That stuff is hard, man!

I was cast as Fairy, (my character didn’t have an official name so my director just called me “Julia Fairy”)! If you know anything about this play then I’m that fairy who has the “Over hill, over dale” scene with Puck! I was also an attendant for Theseus. And the girl who played Theseus was also double cast. She played Mustardseed and Theseus. This meant that we both had an EXTREMELY quick costume change. We had to get out of dresses, wings, makeup and flower crowns, and into black shoes, dress pants, a white BUTTON DOWN shirt, black BUTTON DOWN vest, and my hair had to be pulled into a low ponytail in about 1 and a half minutes. Boy, was that difficult. Especially the buttons.. We never got it down fast enough even once during a rehearsal. And then on the night of our show with the help of lottttsssss of prayer; we did it.We timed it perfectly. Theseus was getting her hair into a low bun as we walked onstage! God is good.

Overall the show went soooo well! I had so much fun and I’m so sad that its over! I seriously don’t know what to do now that I don’t have rehearsal everyday. I’m going to miss the eighth grade cast soooooooooo much! I made so many friends through this and I’m so sad that some of them will be leaving to go to highschool! I got a poster signed by the cast which is great but I get super depressed every time I look at it!

Also for the show I got my hair curled for the first time in my LIFE! A curling iron had never touched my hair before last Thursday and now I can say that it has been curled!!

I’m already so excited to be a part of Thespians next school year!

Advice from me, a theater kid; to you, a possible future theater kid: Keep praying and the right opportunities for you will come as God plans them.

Now that the show is over I can hopefully post on my blogs more! If I’m not busy in drowning in my post-performance depression..

Have a nice day y’all!


A Look at My TBR List


I am so very sorry that I have only posted like once this month. This month has been absolutely insane for me. I’ve had after-school rehearsals all most every day for my schools A Midsummer Night’s Dream production (we open in less then a week!!!), a LOT of end of school-year exams (taking one of my algebra exams today.. :/ ), I’ve had more homework than I can humanly keep up with, one of my classmates passed away (r.i.p. Marcus), and I’ve been sick for about the past week. How fun. I hope to start posting more again soon, but no promises. But anyways..

I wrote out my to be read list for all of the books that I want to get to reading sometime soon and it is very very long. I think last time I counted it has 53+ books on it, and I’ve added books on since then. So let’s get into…

Don’t judge my bad graphics.. I’m working on it.

Brace yourselves, this isn’t everything but it still might be a lot to take in!

  • The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan



I’m currently on chapter 17 of The Lost Hero right now, and its really good! I’m so excited to read the rest!

  • A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass



I love love love Wendy Mass books, and I can’t wait to read this one!

  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner



My friend has been BEGGING me to read this, so I’ll get around to it, sooner or later.

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



I’ve wanted to read this since it came out! Maybe I’ll actually get around to it someday soon!

  • The Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey



I read the first chapter of book one and gave up.. whoops.. I hope to try again relatively soon!

  • The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare



I picked the first and fourth books of this series at Goodwill a while ago and I’ve heard many things about this series and I can’t wait to get to it!

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


This sounds so cool, and I’ve only heard great things about it!

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart


I’ve heard about the greatness of this from several reliable sources and I hope it doesn’t take too long for me to get to it!

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs



This seems so cool!

  • Everything, Everything & The Sun is also a Star, both by Nicola Yoon



A movie is coming out for Everything Everything soon, and the covers are really pretty so I’m definitely going to read these (eventually)

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


This has been recommended to me many a time so I plan on reading it!

Have you read any of these books? Are you planning on it? Do you have a to-be-read list? What’s on it?