Babysitting can be a great way for a teenager to make some spending cash of his or her own. It is easy to work in some babysitting jobs around school and study time. Parents always need a part time evening babysitter to give them time to go out in the evening. But there is more to babysitting then just being in the house. A babysitter needs to be not only attentive to the child they are watching but polite and respectful to the parents that are paying them.
There are many things that to a teenager probably won’t seem like a big deal but to the parents paying you they can seem very annoying. Annoying the parents is not a way to get a repeat client. A repeat client will mean more money that you will make. So treat this as a real job and remember that you are being paid to do a job. So here are some tips to ensure that you are viewed as a polite and respectful babysitter.
Remember that you are in their home to watch their children. So refrain from spending that time on the phone talking to your friends. Even if the parents will never know that you are on the phone, you are not there to socialize with your friends. You attention needs to be on the children.
When it comes to watching TV it is ok to sit and watch TV if you are sitting and watching a program with the children. Make sure that the program you are watching is appropriate for the children to be watching. Something that a teenager might find to be fun to watch may not be suitable for a small child. Check with the parents before they leave as to what they allow the children to watch and stick with the parents’ guidelines. It is not ok to sit and watch TV while the children run around the house unsupervised.
Uphold the bedtime the parents have given their children. Make sure the children have had their baths and are in bed on time. There is nothing a parent hates more than coming home late to find that their children are still up. So do your job and make sure they are in bed on time.
Straighten the house back up before the parents come home. This does not mean that you are required to clean the parents’ house. It does mean that if the kids or you have made a mess while you were babysitting that the mess gets cleaned back up. Your job is to watch the children and this job includes cleaning back up after them.
Do not invite friends over without permission. Even with permission I would recommend steering clear of doing this. If you don’t have permission this is very rude. A lot of people do not want strangers in their home while they are gone. If you do have permission it is still not a good idea. The reason being if you have friends over then you are more likely to get distracted and not be paying attention to the children.
I hope these guidelines have helped you to become a more responsible, polite and respectful babysitter. Babysitters that adhere to these guidelines get asked back to baby-sit. When parents get a really good babysitter they usually will tell their friends. Word of mouth referrals work great to get even more babysitting offers.