Babysitting is an awesome way to make some cash pretty easily. However, there are many responsibilities that come with it. So before you start with babysitting, check out these must-knows!
Write down or keep in mind:
All emergency numbers: the local police, fire department and the child’s doctor’s office. In case you don’t know these numbers you should dial the universal emergency number of your country (e.g. 911 in the U.S. or 112 in Europe).
Where the first aid kit is kept. Also, having gone through a first aid course would definitely give you props.
Things you have to follow:
All the instructions given by the parent, such as when the child is supposed to go to bed, what diet the child follows, what is or isn’t allowed to do in the house etc. That also includes all family rules about how long is the child allowed to watch TV, be on the computer, talk on the phone and so on.
Ask questions, especially when a very young child is involved. If you are unsure of something, don’t hesitate to ask the parents. It’s always better safe than sorry.
Show the parents that you are a mature and responsible person who is able to take a good care of their child.
Be aware that children may put you in situations that are frightening or very uncomfortable to you. If that happens, do not overreact, just treat them as you would treat your own brother or sister.
Once you get into the house, walk through it and close all doors and windows you don’t want the child to get into. Also look for potentially dangerous objects and put them away.
Count on the fact that it may take some time before you build a friendship with a child. Each child is different and behaves differently once away from his or her parents.
Have some fun activities ready, e.g. playing board games or doing crafts. If the kids enjoy their time spent with you, you are more likely to be called back.
Definitely do not:
Don’t invite your crush or friends over. Remember, it is not your house and besides, keep in mind that you are at work, so be professional about it.
Don’t spend the time chatting with your friends on the phone. Use the family phone for emergencies only.
Don’t feed children any potentially allergenic foods (such as peanut butter) unless told otherwise. Also do not give them anything they may easily choke on (such as hard candy).
Don’t leave the children alone at any time (alright, you don’t have to accompany to bathroom, if they are old enough) and once they go to bed, check up on them periodically.