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Babysitting? - February 14th 2015, 06:42 PM

I am needing some babysitting advice!

This is my first real babysitting job, so I want to try to do the best I can. He's 9 years og age, so he isn't young. He'll be in bed by 9:30... So it isn't that diffcult. And he'll have dinner, so I don't worry about that.

Also... I am extermely nervous about this. My anixtey is getting really bad, So... How do I deal with that?
Note: I am certified in child CPR/first aid.'


   
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Re: Babysitting? - February 14th 2015, 07:24 PM

Hey,

I think it's a good idea to bring an easy two-player board or card game that you can offer to play with him if he seems bored. The best thing to do is keep kids occupied. And some kids are fine entertaining themselves with a book or toys or something, but it's good to bring something the two of you can do together just in case. Remember that you're in charge, and that you have authority to tell the kid if he's misbehaving. Figure out any questions you have for the parents before you go so you can ask them right when you get there.

Other than that, make sure he's not around anything dangerous. Safety should be easier since he's nine and probably has a certain common sense, but be sure to keep an eye on him.

Good luck, and have fun

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Re: Babysitting? - February 15th 2015, 04:33 AM

Try brainstorming some activities the night before that the two of you can do together. Board games or card games are always good starting points since kids love to win! Try thinking of some outdoor activities you can do with him too, such as going on a walk or playing an old fashioned game of tag or hide and seek. If his parents are okay with you taking a mini field trip, perhaps you can take him to the park and then out for ice cream. If you come prepared with activities, it will help take away some of the nerves.


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Re: Babysitting? - February 16th 2015, 12:26 PM

Hello there!

I support the idea with boaed games: kids love them, and it will help you build a contact and relations with them. Parks, zoo and other outside activities are nice too, if parents do not mind.

And do not worry: you'll be good with that, I am sure :-)
   
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