While the parents are away, the kids will play — and potentially drive their babysitters to the brink of madness. I always refused to go to sleep until my parents came home when I was a kid, and you know what? I was letting my sitter off easy.
So, what do sitters do to get through the long hours until the proper authority figure shows up? They could just make snacks, put on a black-and-white movie no one likes, or give them "extra credit" math homework to keep them quiet.
But instead, they get creative, and for that (as well as so much more), they definitely deserve a raise.
For example, they sometimes take the kids they're watching to an epic fantasy world.
When a friend asked this babysitter how the gig was going, she responded, "Well, she insisted that I was a mermaid because of my hair and I had this thing in my closet."
One mermaid tail, I get. But I'm really struck by the baby-sized mermaid tail costume she somehow found lying around as well.
Kids say the darndest things, that's for absolute sure. But in the end, you never know what exactly is going to come out of their mouths.
For example, this person thinks the might have heard the kid they're babysitting say the f-word... Not once, but twice.
Others try to keep kids occupied until mom and dad get home by praying for divine intervention. Like this kid, who is busy counting the pages in the Bible. I hope for him that none of the pages stick together. They're so thin, it's so annoying!
You'll have to get used to the fact that tears, especially when you're babysitting younger children, are just par for the course.
To avoid completely losing your mind when babysitting, make the most of the things you already have. Look around you and you'll be surprised.
Make sure to beware of all the hazards.
Check in with the parents:
Don't be afraid to bribe them with food:
Sometimes the kids will entertain themselves for awhile:
Or give them an art project:
They'll love it.
But keep an eye on them!
A very close eye.
The best thing a babysitter can do is keep the kid in one piece until mom and dad get home. More than that, and you're asking for trouble.
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