Babysitting Tips & Tricks Every Sitter Should Know
Posted on by Beirut Abu Hdaib
You have aced your babysitting interview and you are ready for your first babysitting job. You are probably excited and yet anxious about taking on this huge responsibility. Although you should take this job seriously, you also need to relax and be prepared. We can help you do that by sharing with you these babysitting tips and tricks that are easy to follow and yet very effective.
Try to Remain Positive & Relaxed
Both parents and kids can feel if you are tensed so stay relaxed and try to remain positive. When you begin babysitting, make sure that your tone with the child is always positive, even when stating rules or giving instructions. This will help the child trust you more and be more comfortable around you.
Be Kind, Gentle & Patient
Now that you have begun your first babysitting job, you want to make sure that it won’t be your last and the way to do that is by being gentle, kind and patient. If you feel that your patience is running out, breathe deeply and count to ten. The last thing a child needs is an angry, irritated babysitter!
Always remember that by being the babysitter, you are the caregiver for the child and you need to be always focused on his/her needs. Make sure that you don’t get distracted by your phone or the TV and that your attention is direct at the child at all times.
Once you land the babysitting job, be sure you know the age and gender of the child. Learning his/her preferences in advance is also a plus. By being proactive and planning the things you will be doing with the child ahead of time, you will guarantee a much smoother experience with the child during babysitting time.
Keep A Diary
If you find yourself enjoying babysitting and you see that the kids are enjoying too, make sure to keep a diary with the kids’ names, preferences, allergies, etc. This will help you stay organized and on track during each babysitting visit.
The most important quality of a babysitter is honesty so be sure that you are honest with the parents from the beginning and with the child as well (whenever possible). Miscommunication and deceit are always destructive in a relationship with the child and his/her parents.