• Expectations

    • If not out long then just play with the kid and keep her/him entertained

    • If parents are gone for the night or all day then you may have to feed, play, help with homework, get child to bed  

  • Style

    • Find out the bed time

    • What are the rules

    • Parting style

 
  • Get the Digits

    • Get the phone numbers

    • Find out where their are going

    • Have a phone to call

      • Diet

        • Foods they can and cant have

        • Any allergies

        • Policy for snacks  

      • Medicine

        • Any medications from the child

        • How much to give them

      • Routines

        • Bath time

        • story

      • Toys, Games, and Activities

        • Childs favorite thing to do

        • What toys do they like

      • Personality

        • Get a good idea of the kids personality

      • Siblings

        • Find out if the kids get along

Getting to Know You Meeting

  • Getting permission from your parents

  • Prove that you are responsible

  • Take a babysitting course

  • Care for your siblings

  • Care for your pets

  • Be your mom’s helper

  • Babysit in your own home

 Some tips 

  • Adventures in Babysitting, Elizabeth Faucher

  • Henry Reeds Babysitting service

  • Kristy’s Great Idea
  • The babysitting Bible 

 great books on the topic?

 

  • Household Safety

    • Tv policy

    • Fridgh policy

    • Outside play

    • off - limits places

  • The Child’s Safety

    • Play games

    • Watch a movie

    • Plan an activity

  • Your Own Safety

    • Have a phone hands

    • Keep an eye on all the kids

  • Emergencies

    • Have the parents on speed dial

    • Make sure you know were the parents are

 

Safety First

 

  • Know the Do’s and Don’ts

    • Make sure you are in charge

    • Tv policy

    • Again the fridge policy

  • Understand and Respect Cultural Differences

    • Make sure you don't say something that may hurt their culture or their beliefs

  • Universal Rules

    • No guess

    • No snooping

    • No age inappropriate activities

House Rules

 

 Keeping Kids Happy

  • Have Fun with the Children

    • Play games

    • Watch a movie

    • Plan an activity

  • When the Kids are Fussy

    • Ask is he hungry

    • Is he tired

    • Is he hurt

    • Is he bored

  • When the Kids Misbehave

    • Let them know who is boss

    • Be clear about rules

    • Change the situation

    • Be fair   

 
  • HOW Will You Charge

    • By the hour

    • By the job

    • Per child

  • How MUCH Will You Charge

    • Number of children

    • How hard they were

    • How wealthy are they

  • How You Get Paid

    • Tell the parents that you want to be paid in cash

  • Advertising and Promotion

    • Word of mouth

    • Flyers and posters

    • Classified ads

    • Recommendations

The Business

 

  • Tidy up

  • Give parents a report

  • Be honest

  • Ask for more business

Tips for Doing a Great Job

 

  • From Stormy

    • She was 12 when she started

    • Babysitter at home

  • From Joel

    • He started at 14

    • Babysitter in his neighborhood

    • The child was 8

  • From Lauren

    • She started in 5th grade

    • He neighbors baby

From the Mentors