Top 10 Resources for Babysitters

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On the surface, babysitting seems like one of those jobs that anyone can do. All you have to do is watch and play with other people’s kids while they are on a date or at an event and then when they get home you get paid for hanging out with their children and keeping things in order. That doesn’t seem too hard, right? But those who have babysat before know that it’s not always as easy as that. From difficult children to unforeseen emergencies, there is always something that can and will go wrong. Some days things may go off without a hitch, and some days may be a nightmare.

As fun as it may seem, when it comes down to it babysitting is a job and it deserves to be treated with the same respect as any other job. This means that there is a certain amount of preparedness that is your responsibility and that there will be good days and bad days. However, the good news is there are a lot of different ways that you can prepare for a potential babysitting job! Here we have included 10 very helpful websites that include everything from setting yourself apart from other competing sitters to staying safe while on the job to different and unique ways to have a good time with the kids while babysitting.

  1. http://www.money-and-kids.com/babysitting-guidelines.html - The questions addressed on this webpage will help you as a potential sitter define if babysitting is the right job for you. Just because everyone else is babysitting doesn’t mean that it is a good fit for you specifically, and you need to make sure that it is something you will enjoy doing while on the job. Watching kids is not for everyone!
  2. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/babysitting/ - This is a comprehensive website appealing to the business side of babysitting. It will help you with everything from the technical side of babysitting (such as pay, family differences, characteristics you should possesses to be a good babysitter, etc.) to the different age groups of children and what to expect with each of those stages to making your own babysitting flyers that you can distribute to promote your business.
  3. www.redcross.org - Here you can find your local Red Cross chapter and sign up for babysitter training classes, as well as pick up some general babysitting and interviewing tips. One of the things that sets the Red Cross website apart from others is that it has several different PDF’s that you can download that will help you with everything from ensuring you have all the correct emergency contact information to safety inspection checklists to making your own business cards.
  4. www.heart.org - The American Heart Association website helps you find local classes for obtaining your CPR and First Aid certifications – both of which are vital to know when taking care of children, and look good on your resume. Not to mention these skills are good to know for your everyday life as well and are transferrable to other jobs, such as working at a daycare and lifeguarding.
  5. www.babysitting-rates.com - Even though this website is geared toward the families doing the hiring, it can help give you a good idea of what you can expect in terms of pay, and also includes a Babysitting Rate Calculator link at the bottom of the page. This way you not only know what to expect to be paid, but it will give you an idea for a rate that is fair if the parents ask how much you charge.
  6. www.smartbabysitting.com - This website is chock full of babysitting tips and tricks, with a blog that is written by a mom that used to have a successful babysitting business. The whole website is dedicated to helping your babysitting business and preparing you for any and every situation. The author of the blog also has a $5.00 downloadable book on general babysitting, how to make more money doing the job, and what she learned through her years of babysitting.
  7. http://www.ehow.com/how_2198044_babysitting-kit.html - Having a babysitting kit to take with you on your babysitting job is a good idea that will be fun for you and the kids alike. This website will teach you how to make a personalized babysitting kit, and give ideas as to what to keep inside the kit. This way you will never run out of things to do and the kids will enjoy having new toys and activities that are different from what they already own. Plus it will show the parents that you really care about your job and that you are there to ensure that you and their children have a good time, not just to collect a pay check.
  8. http://www.babysitters4hire.com/tips/1647-babysitting-activities/ - This site gives a lot of ideas for different kinds of games you can play with the kids you’re babysitting and factors in all sorts of different things to make the games fun and unique, such as if it’s raining outside, if it’s close to a holiday, different seasonal games, etc. This way you can have different things to play in any situation, rain or shine!
  9. http://www.money-and-kids.com/babysitting-safety.html - Here you will be able to take a good look into everything you need to be considering when it comes to being safe on the job. This details all the information you need to get before the parents leave and what you need to be doing after the parents leave to ensure that everyone is safe and sound during your watch. It is easier to prevent something bad from happening if you are prepared for every potential situation.
  10. http://www.dltk-kids.com/ - This website is overflowing with tons of craft ideas to do with kids and is constantly being updated and added to so that you have fresh ideas. You can just pick a craft, print it out, and go! It’s the perfect way to bring a little creativity and fun to your job, and is better than just sitting in front of the TV or leaving the kids to find their own things to do.

Babysitting is a great way to get fun and rewarding job experience on your resume. Every successful babysitting experience you have can help lead to more opportunities and referrals so that you can continue babysitting and possibly even expand your job. Like everything else, though, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure that the job is the right job for you, that you’re well-equipped to handle the stresses of the job, and that it is an enjoyable not miserable experience.

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