Want to Babysit?
Want to babysit, but don’t know where to start? If so, you’ve reached the right place! Whether you don’t know how to get yourself out there, or the idea of staying alone with a young child you don’t know well just freaks you out, keep reading!!!!
“I REALLY want to start babysitting. I love little kids and need some money anyway. But….I don’t really know how to make myself known, and all the little kids I know well already have sitters when their parents are away. Any tips?”
Make flyers or business cards to hand out in your neighborhood, to your parents’ friends, at church or school or anywhere! If your church or any place available offers a nursery or daycare, volunteer to help out with the kids to get some good experience with them. When their parents pick the children up, hand out cards or flyers and explain that you helped out with them. Another way is to ask your parents if they have friends with little kids who need a sitter. And don’t hesitate to put up baby-sitting flyers in your neighborhood- just don’t put anything TOO personal on the sheet (Your first and last name, phone number, email, and experience with kids is a good start). Good luck!
“I love kids and want to babysit really bad! But…..I’m a little freaked out about the idea of staying alone at a stranger’s house with a kid I don’t know well. How can I overcome my fear?”
Why don’t you start off baby-sitting for people you or your parents know well? That ought to make you feel much more comfortable at their house and with their child. If you want to start taking the reigns or just can’t find anyone, try offering to be a mother’s helper. A mother’s helper is a person who comes and entertains, plays with, and watches the child as their parents go off and do their own thing, like work in their office or garden, and can’t have all eyes on their children. After you feel comfortable, maybe you can start baby-sitting full time.
“I really want to babysit! But…I’m only 11 and I’m afraid my parent’s won;t let me because I’m too young.”~Madison, age 11
First, you need to talk to them and find out whether they feel comfortable about you baby-sitting. If they do, then read above about how you can make yourself known! If they say no, ask about being a mother’s helper. Like told above, a mother’s helper is someone who comes and entertains, plays with, and watches the child as their parents go off and do their own thing, such as work in their office or garden, and can’t have all eyes on their children. Another option is sharing with them the idea starting off baby-sitting people you know really well, such as cousins who live close by or family friends. If they still say no, accept their choice. It won’t be too long until people will start asking YOU to babysit!
“I already have a family to babysit and I will start next week. I just don’t know how much to charge. Help!”
Different girls have different prices. The price range usually is four dollars an hour to eight dollars an hour depending on how many kids you are babysitting. Madeline babysits three children and gets eight dollars an hour! I babysit two little boys and also get eight dollars an hour! When I babysit just one of the two boys I only charge five dollars an hour. Here is an example of a money “calendar”: Monday- babysit Gia, 1 child is 5$ an hour! Tuesday- babysit Luke and Amelia, 2 kids is 8$ an hour! Wednesday: babysit Brandon, Jake, Megan, and Rachel, 4 kids is $ 10 an hour. I would not go any higher than ten dollars an hour for one child and so you earn the right pay for such a wonderful job I would not go any lower than 3 dollars an hour. Another option is asking the parent how much they offer. Have fun!
“What if the people who you want to babysit FOR think you are too young?” – AGfan
Then you will just have to wait. Because the parents will feel insecure if you keep pushing them to babysit their kids. You could try a Red Cross Babysitters class at $60 but it is very worth it. More parents will trust you with their children knowing that you know what to do in an emergency. The class shows you what to do if a baby has stopped breathing, goes over what to feed children depending on their age, etc! You can also try another family that maybe you know better and it could be your mom’s friend that wants you to baby sit her children!