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Teenagers can earn a good hourly wage by helping families in their location. You can search for babysitting jobs nearby to determine if there is anyone looking for your services. Often times, parents will prefer that you have had good experience working with kids or siblings in the past. It might be difficult to get a job if this is your first time applying.
Parents often need someone to watch their children at all hours of the day. If they work a 9-5 day job, then they often need someone to look after the kids from the early morning and into the late day. Others work a late shift or have other activities to attend which causes them to be away from their home for some time. If you have more than one small child, this can be problematic.
Teens looking to become a babysitter should be very patient with toddlers and learn to play with them. You should also not pamper them or give into their crying or neediness. There might never be a real need to discipline the child, but you should adhere to the rules set aside by the parents.
The parent will often provide you with a set of guidelines such as what time the child needs to be in bed, what kind of food they are allowed to eat, and what should be made for dinner. In some situations, experience babysitters may also be asked to help out with homework or other tasks.
Taking care of an infant can be very difficult and requires a bit of training and expertise. Changing diapers and adhering to a feeding schedule are both very important and should not be left up to someone that has never handled this kind of situation. If you are thinking about getting a job as a babysitter in your area, then you will want to talk to someone that can give you advice or train you in the essential skills.
Taking care of children can feel like a full-time job with long hours. You need to be mentally prepared to handle children for a long period of time. This is especially true if you need to look after more than one kid in the house. Never let one child run off out of site while you are paying attention to another. This can lead to a bad situation where the child is left without supervision and can be dangerous depending on where they are playing. Always take the time to get to know your surroundings and remove any dangerous objects and think ahead of time what you can do to prevent injuries or other misfortune.
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12 year olds
13 year olds
14 year olds
15 year olds
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