When we babysit, we are not only caring for kids, but we are being an example for Christ! That being said, here are our top ten tips.
You are a role model for them and they will likely repeat the things you say. Even if you don’t say “bad words”, remember that saying anything that’s mean, suggestive, derogatory, or otherwise inappropriate will make you a poor example.
While it’s okay to answer a phone call from Mom, don’t spend the evening Snapchatting your friends. If you watch TV, let the kids pick the show instead of you catching up on your favorite series. But most of all, play with the kids. This alone will make you stand out as a star sitter.
But a small sweet won’t hurt.
Take special care to know their allergies, medical conditions, birthdays, and special parent instructions.
This shows that you put thought into your work, and the kids will likely ask their parents to have you come back. (Even if it is just for the toy!)
Make plans in case of fire, natural disaster, choking, or power outage. Be extra prepared by taking a course on emergency response or first aid.
This means more than just being modestly dressed, although that’s also important. Wear clothes that you can move around and play in, or possibly get dirty or spit up on! Don’t wear dangly jewelry around babies. Think about what you wear.
Are you allowed to take the kids outside? Can you eat anything in the fridge? Are certain rooms off-limits? Questions like these don’t make you sound like an incompetent babysitter, but rather a thorough and respectful one!
Come prepared with a few active games, quiet games, songs, and stories that you can all participate in. It’s healthier for the kids, and more impressive to the parents.
Written by G4C Editor Jessica Lippe
These tips were taken from the Winter 2015/16 issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. Subscribe today to get extra advice on babysitting, plus so much more, all for free!