An easy option for teenagers to earn for themselves is babysitting but babysitting is an activity that requires a lot of care and understanding and studying some things, because babysitting involves small children you should be able to tackle them and also take control of a situation, if there is any. You might be able to get along well in some cases and some can be frustrating, there are tips that you can follow to ensure you can have a good experience.
Analyse what’s comfortable for you
Know what your comfort level is and know where you might have limitations too. Before you get into babysitting acquiring knowledge about the child Is very important, this would come for your aid when you are looking after.
Parents hold an interview before they hire a babysitter this is a good time for you to ask whatever you want to know, be specific, ask If the child has any allergies, is there any activity they enjoy, is there something they dislike, about their routine if they have any special preferences for food, medicines if any they are taking and also familiarize around the house, where the emergency kit is and things like that. Knowing things in advance would help you with preparing for it and you can even take things to entertain them.
Take classes to learn
If you have no prior experience with babysitting you can take up some child care classes, small children are prone to many accidents so knowledge about taking care of children will be beneficial to you plus it would give the parents more confidence in you.
It is also a good idea to have a first aid training, you never know when an emergency may arise and, in such cases, quick action is needed having this skill can help you deal with any unfavourable situation and take note of the emergency numbers that you have to contact.
Communication is the key
Just because you are babysitting doesn’t mean you have to know everything, the child you are babysitting in most cases is not someone you know personally and although you might have asked questions there still might be something that you may have difficulties with in those cases don’t forget to communicate with the parents, maybe for example you have realized the child’s formula is over and you want to know where its kept don’t hesitate to contact the parents and ask them.
Kids love to play and do fun activities; it might seem easy to place them in front of an electronic device. But try to engage in activities that have physical involvement, like Hand in Hand Activity kits. Before that ask the parents about their play times and if it’s okay to have them play outside.
Be well organized
Parents usually have a schedule arranged for their child this is mostly based on their daily routine and activity so try to stick to this.
Be disciplined and set some rules
Although it’s not good to restrict children some boundaries and rules have to kept in order, they grow up well, talk to their parents about these rules and try to stick to them
Be watchful, gentle and caring
Children should be treated with love and be watchful of them and keep close to them at all times.