Babysitting Tips for TeensBabysitting is often one of the first jobs teens or preteens will have.
Depending on the individual, and the ages and needs of the child(ren) to be cared for, kids may be ready to begin babysitting from about the age of eleven.
Whether it is caring for younger siblings, neighborhood children, friends or acquaintances it is important for them to be prepared before taking on such a big responsibility.
Local babysitting clinics
Many local hospitals, police departments, and Red Cross chapters offer babysitting clinics to prepare teens to become responsible babysitters
these classes focus on safety as well as how to choose age appropriate games and activities for the children you are caring for.
Even if your teen does not take a babysitting course it is a good idea to take a course in CPR prior to caring for children. Contact your local hospital or Red Cross chapter to find out how to sign up.
How parents can prepare young teens
It is also important for parents to help prepare their teens and preteens to become dependable, trustworthy, and cautious caregivers.
The following are some helpful babysitting tips for teens you can share with your future babysitters:
Choosing the right babysitter
Parents of the children who are going to be cared for by a babysitter also have a duty to help prepare the babysitter.
As a parent, your child's safety and well being is always your first priority and as such, you need to be careful about who you entrust with their care.
Be honest in evaluating your child's needs versus a babysitter's experience.
An eleven year old may not really be ready to take care of an infant, although he/she might make a perfect afternoon companion for your five year old while you complete your grocery shopping.
A thirteen year old with young siblings might be more attentive to your two toddlers than the sixteen year old more interested in chatting on her cell phone.
Does your child have special needs? How many children are you expecting the babysitter to care for? Should you hire two sitters?
Ultimately, you know your child and his/her needs. Take the time to know your sitter as well and make sure your child's needs match up with the sitter's experience and skill level.
Tips for parents seeking babysitters
The following are some helpful babysitting tips from the perspective of the parents of the children to be cared for:
For even more information as well as a downloadable emergency contact form to fill out, be sure to check out this additional babysitting safety information.
In a related topic, your child may not be ready to begin babysitting or caring for others, but you may be wondering if he/she is ready to begin staying home alone. If so, see our tips for "Home Alone".
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