Landing the Job
Question: "I would first of all like to say that your
site is VERY helpful. I printed out pages on bathing and discipline
and how to make a little booklet to help me on the job! There is
one question I have though...I have been trying very, very hard
to get a Babysitting job and nothing seems to work. I am a responsible
13 year old who has taken safety classes, what's the deal?"
Do not give up hope. There are several things you can do to help
land a babysitting job. Consider a few of these options:
The first step is to determine whether or not you are ready for
the responsibility of babysitting. Babysitters need to be mature,
responsible, able to react effectively in case of an emergency,
and they need to have an awareness of young children's needs (developmentally).
Be sure to discuss this issue further with your parents. Ask them
if they think you are ready for babysitting responsibilities.
Second, you may decide to advertise your services in order to get
started. If you decide to advertise be sure to discuss it with your
parents and get their help. One really good source that may be overlooked
at times is word of mouth. Another useful and safe source may be
to talk to your local organizations like the PTA (Parent-Teacher
Association or a church group). Others have advertised on local
in-store bulletin boards. However, this may cause some concern for
safety because it is an anonymous and public process. Be certain
to get permission from your parents before advertising in a public
Third, do your homework. A good babysitter must prepare. You may
consider taking a training course on babysitting through your local
YMCA or local Red Cross.
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