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I finally convinced my mom to let me babysit! So next week i'm taking the safe sitter class at the Y. So I told my grandma today that my mom said yes. And she couldnt believe it lol. So I told my mom what she said and I was joking around and she said yeah you can babysit. But only here. She meant my house like when her and my dad are around! That's not even babysitting! and knowing my mom she would hold the baby the entire time and if i tried to do something she would yell at me and tell me i was doing it wrong...thats what she does with my cousin anyways!How do i convince her to let me really babysit? THANKS!!!!


Hey girl, I think you should take the class still, and by actually going through with the class maybe you can convince her that with all the skills you learned you're ready. I would be persistent and keep showing her your responsible and ready!

Lauren R.

by stixgirl101 on 7/6/2010 10:58:31 PM


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by madi323 on 7/6/2010 12:06:39 AM


Mod, I'm really mad right now, and sad. My younger cousins, some 2 years younger than me, are all spending the night together. I always feel left out. I'm the oldest! They ignored me today, like always. I left without saying good-bye-I tried saying "I'm leaving now" but no answer. I'm always the one never going on trips with them or spending the night. What should I do at future get-togethers?


Hey girly, I totally understand how you feel. Sometimes I feel like that with my bro and sis, who are super close. You could try talking to one of them alone about it, and let her know that you really want to hang with them more often. Or, you could start organizing some get togethers yourself and inviting them. Invite them over to sleep over, or hang out more often. Maybe, that'll bring you guys closer and they'll start including you more. It's possible that they could be not including you because of the age difference. Maybe they think you wouldn't want to hang out with them because you're older. Try inviting them to do stuff more often.


Becca G.

by cats-r-the-best on 7/3/2010 10:13:13 PM


Hey Girls! I'm 12 years old and I really want to start babysitting. I have some families in mind. The one I think I know the parents best it just so happenstheir kids are kind of wild and can get out of hand. What should I do about this. Also, Do you think it would be ok to make flyers on the computer and stick them in the families mail boxes around the neighborhood that I know the best and if so what should I include in them?

by chickadeefo on 7/2/2010 4:50:26 PM


Thx gl, but i am still confussed, how do i get parents to want me to babysit? i mena i am getting a job next week but i want more babysitting jobs, my mom says a flyer, is that a good idea??? i am almost thirteen, i have like 10 kids i can sit but do teh parents want me to introduce myself to them?

by peaceloveact on 6/27/2010 1:54:06 PM


Hi, I'm 13 and I havn't babysat anyone elses kids except for my siblings! I barely know my neighbors because we just moved in last summer and the neighbors close to us don't have any kids! I need some MAJOR pointers!

by aviatorsrock101 on 6/26/2010 4:05:52 PM


I am 11 yrs. old. I have a two yr old cousin and i help my grandma babysit him all the time. I would like to babysit some neighbor kids. but am i too young. I love babies adn kids and am VERY mature for my age.

Hey girl! You could always be a mothers helper, and help out the mom by babysitting while she's home, so she can get household tasks taken care of without having to look after the kids.  
Megan R.

by dramaqueen92798 on 6/23/2010 6:06:04 PM


mod- im going to turn 13 in a couple months, do you thats old enough to babysit, even babies?

hey girly, if the parents and you are comfortable with it, then it's fine. You might think about taking a babysitting or first aid class at a community center first! 
Alissa S.

by aa97 on 6/23/2010 11:56:05 AM


Ok so i wanna start babysitting, but i am 11 and im not sure if my parents want me in a house alone with a kid... i have a cell. i think i would be fine.. but do u think i should wait a little till im older to babysit? i live in a neighborhood where i dont know anyone and most people are drinkers... wat should i do?

Hey girly, I think the best thing to do, if you think you're ready to start babysitting, is to offer to babysit for people you and your parents know, like your cousins or your parents friends. Knowing the kids you're watching beforehand is really helpful, and you'll also be familiar with the family, so you're parents will feel more comfortable. You could also take a babysitting class if there's one offered at a community center or school!
Alissa S.

by Sam1220 on 6/23/2010 3:57:02 AM


what should I put on a babysitting flier? I have babysat several times and I am great with kids, and have taken the babysitting course but just do not know how to word it.

by beachluver97 on 6/22/2010 10:43:54 PM

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