Topic – How to Be a Good Babysitter

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How to Be a Good Babysitter

Have you ever babysat for a younger brother or sister? Have family, friends, or neighbours asked you to babysit? Would you like to earn some money by babysitting?

Babysitting is often a first job for young people like you. But babysitting is more than just a job. It is a great responsibility. When you babysit, you are responsible for another person. It is your job to keep that person safe, healthy, and happy. That is quite a lot to ask. So how can you make sure that you can do the job well? Here are some very important tips to follow to help.

1. Take a babysitting course. Courses are often offered through schools, hospitals, or community organizations. Most courses focus on child safety and first aid.

2. Learn about the child you will be babysitting before you do the job. This will mean a visit with the parents or adult you will be working for. Find out as much as you can about the child. Allergies and fears are very important things to know, as well as favourite foods and games. Write down what you learn.

3. Ask about household rules. What time does the child go to bed? Can the child watch television? For how long? Which shows? What snacks can the child have? Remember that you are taking the place of the parents and need to follow their rules. You are responsible for the house too. Make sure you keep everything clean and tidy.

4. Make sure you have a written contact list. You should know how to contact the parents. As a backup, it is good to get the phone number of another adult that you could call in case you cannot contact the parents. Also, have emergency numbers written down.

5. Plan what you are going to do with the child. Plan games that the child might like to play. Think about books you can read together. Doing something is always better than sitting in front of a television or a video game.

6. Stay focussed on the job. Your main responsibility is to the child, so do not phone or text friends when you should be watching the child.

7. Have fun. Say positive things, smile, and laugh. The more fun you have with the child, the happier the child will be with you. Most children will be anxious when their parents leave, so it is important to make babysitting a positive experience for both of you.

If you do not feel ready to babysit but would like to in the future, think about being a helper. A helper is someone who looks after children while the parents are home. This will give you experience but with less responsibility. You can also talk to others who babysit. Find out what they do that works well. Read about babysitting on the Internet or in books. The more you know, the more prepared you will be to try babysitting—and to do a great job.

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