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I am babysitting two girls for a week. They are six and eight years old and the way I'm getting paid is that both me and her daughters go to French school so we finish a week before English schools and in our area there are no camps that week so the mom said that she would be paying 50$ a day for camps so I'm getting 50$ a day so after that week I will have 250$ which is pretty good.

by *~*Sarah*~* on 5/22/2013 10:59:01 PM

 
 

Hey, i'm 12 and I've convinced my parents to let me start babysitting and they're fine with it, but I have no-one to babysit. Most of my parents friends don't have kids, and they say fliers wouldn't work as most strangers don't want a babysitter they don't know. Can you pleaseee help me?!

by umyeahthatsme on 12/22/2012 8:16:18 AM

 
 

i am 12 years old and i have a baby sister age 3 my mom has school 8:00am to 2-5pm and her boyfriend has work occasionally

how can i get my mom to let me babysit my sister for money

we live in apartments and how could i get her to let me put up some fliers for babysitting and i could have them brimg the kid over instead pf going there (safer) ??

by Lover_2299 on 7/22/2012 9:26:08 PM

 
 

Mod Mod Mod!!!
I want to get into the babysitting biz but what
would be the best way of transportation? I'm nervous to ask mom or dad because they don't really like to just drive places when I need something small or picking up a friend. I don't mind walking if it's say, a couple blocks or houses away... Also, what do you think a reasonable price would be per hour?

 

 

 

Hey girl. Try biking or asking your parents nicely (emphasize that it is safer if they drive you). When I baby sat I was paid 5-6 dollars an hour, but I am not sure about what girls are paid now. Sarah, another intern here says, that she was paid minimum wage. 

mary h.

by minkymouse on 7/25/2011 4:28:27 PM

 
 



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I had a one babysitting job and I thought it went pretty well, but I never got called back. Instead now my bff is babysitting for them almost everyday. Even when she went on vacation for a month, they still didn't get me. Now I hardly get any jobs. Am I a bad babysitter? I love kids, and we had so much fun but I don't know what I did wrong.
How can I get more jobs? There's not many kids around here and I would really like some more work. PLEASE HELP ME!




hey! you probably did fine, just focus on meeting more people to work for, ask your mom or dad to ask around for you too Smile 
Helen S.

by honeycakes on 1/22/2011 2:01:51 PM

 
 

This is SO helpful for beginners

by solar8 on 11/27/2010 1:08:57 PM

 
 

mod mod mod
i want to start babysitting my little brothers(i have 3),but i don't thing my mom will let me really babysit (sometimes i watch my brothers while my dad runs to do a quick errand, but thats it) for several reasons
1.im only eleven
2.i don't have a cell phone and we don't have a home phone
3.she is really protective




Hey girlie, I understand why she would be hesitant, especially since you're so young and you don't have any way to reach her if there's an emergency. Just prove that you're responsible in the little bit of time that you do get to watch them and see if she'll change her mind. 

Lauren T.

by isyrocks on 11/26/2010 11:02:50 PM

 
 

im 11 and i babysit my sis sometimes an d iw ant to start babysitting but ami to young. Also yes i do cook and i know have to take care of younger children from hanging around ;ittle cousins.

by Aaryn on 11/14/2010 5:19:24 PM

 
 

How much should I ask for I don't know what's a good price for my babysitting

by minicocounut on 11/10/2010 9:08:45 PM

 
 

Hi I need help my mom is not really supporting me I really want to get some extra cash so I can buy my own laptop but my mom says shes not sure she knows I love kids and enjoy the resposibility of a kid but IDK what to tell my parents so they let me do this job.

by minicocounut on 11/10/2010 7:41:11 PM

 
 

MODMODMOD how old should you start babysitting?




Hey girl, I'd say 13 or 14 but it all depends on the parents of the family you're babysitting for, your maturity and what they're comfy with.

xoxo 
Alyssa B.

by peaceluvsmile on 11/9/2010 5:12:53 PM

 
 

Im 13 and I babysit my 2 lil sisters when my mom goes to the store. But my dads in the house asleep. My mom babysat in a house alone when she was like 10. I realy want to start but dont know how to convince my mom. I cook on a stove all by myself and am planning on learning infant cpr.

by pittypatter2 on 11/7/2010 3:27:27 PM

 
 

MOD i want to start babysiting but my mo says that its an insult that i want to want to work for other people because she doesnt pay me enough for folding laundry and stuff like that. i really need some extra money. how do i convince her to let me babysit?




Hey girl, tell her you want to babysit not just for a little more spending money but because you really like kids. 

xoxo 
Alyssa B.

by harleyangelbaby on 11/2/2010 6:56:12 PM

 
 

mod!
i am a certified babysitter since April.i havent had much buissness on my own.(usually with my friends).and i have posted flyers an did got a call but i had to say cuz it was my moms birthday party!but how do i get more clients?

 

I would ask your parents to see if they could ask their work friends, neighbors or other people they know. Since these people would know your parents, they'll probably be more likely to trust you to watch their kids. It can be tough for a parent to give a call to someone they don't know. However, I'm sure it helps that you're a certified babysitter! Good luck!

Vanessa J.

by babygirl1265 on 10/9/2010 11:20:37 AM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD how old do you have to be to babysit

 

Hey girl!  It really just depends on what the parent and the babysitter are comfortable with.  Some places offer babysitting training - for example, the Red Cross offers it for 11 to 15 year-olds.  xoxo

Marie H.

by thepeace808 on 10/9/2010 12:15:54 AM

 
 

i really want to babysit so i can get some extra money but i also love little kids. im 11 am i to young to start babyitting or petsitting? im real responsible and i can be very mature and im stong too if it will ever come to a chance i need it problably wont please respond thanks

by GL_girl10 on 10/8/2010 8:16:40 PM

 
 

MOD i wanna buy an MP3 player with my babysitting money something under 90 bucks preferably touch screen
thanks~ muenessa678




Hey! check out Ematic mp3 players Smile 
Helen S.

by muenessa678 on 9/30/2010 8:05:18 PM

 
 

MODMODMODMOD Hey. I babysit my neighbors kids. They are a five year old, an 2 year old and a 6 month old baby. i dont get paid because theyre my neighbors and stuff which i get but i was them 3 times a week and when he does pay me. my mom takes it away because she thought i asked for it.grrr... also i want to babysit 1 of my bgf lil brothers but my mom wont let me unless we watch him at my house cause they live a few blocks away. shuld i ask if its alright if i ask if i can watch him at my house. and wat if she says no to it at my house but yes at her own. wat shuld i do. HELP

 

 

Hey girl! If you truly want to babysit him, then I'd ask if you can at your house. I don't see why his mom wouldn't go for that.. if your mom is home Smile

xxx

Becca G.

by chicaloco859 on 9/29/2010 8:20:05 PM

 
 

Need advice? Mods are too busy?

Ask me! I'll help you with anything from bras to periods to boys to friend trouble! Just ask a question on my profile and I'll get back to you usually within a day!

by carolinerr on 9/20/2010 6:07:17 PM

 
 

im 11 and i babysit 10 kids when i go to grandma house or when they visit my house its really hard my sister wont help me and the bad thing no one thanks me or give me something

 

Hey girl!




Babysitting always gets sticky when you're doing it for family. It would be a good idea to have a convo with your parents about your situation. Don't be whiny and demand that your grandmother pays you. Try telling them that you find babysitting 10 kids to be overwhelming, especially since your sister never helps you out. Be sure to say that you don't mind doing it, but you need to come up with a compromise that works for you and your fam. 

 

Good luck!


 

GL Mod

Brittany T.

by lilygirl1 on 9/14/2010 8:14:55 AM

 
 

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I have been babysitting for a while now and love kids! I get clients from my church (I work in the nursery) and would like to know how to deal with infants. Like what supplies do I need? How to feed them? And other helpful hints when deeling with babies. Thanks.




Hey! pack a bag of infant safe stuffed animals, everything else the kids parent should have. To bottle feed an infant, cradle them in your arms, giving their neck and head plenty of support with your hand or shoulder. If they can't hold the bottle yet, hold it for them while they eat. Good luck!  
Helen S.

by ggnyooa on 9/12/2010 4:17:35 PM

 
 

hey people want advice then come and ask me i love giving my friends advice and ill wright back to you on your profile


bye

by gramsnacks on 9/12/2010 12:05:57 PM

 
 

mod mod mod mod modm mod mod mod mod mod modm od mod mod modm od modm
hey im eleven and am to o young to baby sit so i was gunna be a mothers helper. my mom says i should stick flyers in all the mail boxes of all the moms with young children neerby im fraid that would be weird and i think most people need baby sitters and not mother helpers thank you




Hey! It might feel awkward, but it would be a good way to get the word out. I mean you won't know who needs a mother's helper till you get the word out right? Good luck! 
Helen S.

by gramsnacks on 9/12/2010 11:48:33 AM

 
 

hey, i am about to be 13 and i really want to start babysitting but my parents dont think i am old enough to stay home by myself but i think it is only because i am there"baby girl" i have been"studing"how to be a good babbysitter for over a year and i am about to start to red cross babysitters course.What should i do?

by moooomy on 9/9/2010 3:57:21 PM

 
 

I'm taking an online babysitting course called babysittingclass.com I'm a little nervouse about really little guys but I have a sibling 8 years younger and another one on the way!!!!!!!

by Nyny123 on 9/7/2010 9:02:03 AM

 
 

need advice???
my names jodi, and i've told i give super great advice on everting!, so if you need any go to my profile, and write a comment that tells my your problem. I will write back for sure.

by jodij123 on 9/6/2010 4:12:04 PM

 
 

my mom wants me to babysit for her friends baby to make me more responsible. I've been around the baby and he hardly ever cries (which is awesome!) and he's uber cute but i'm nervous about changing diapers! my mom says its no big deal but i still really dont want to!!!

by cassidyann on 8/28/2010 10:30:57 PM

 
 

Mod! I'm eleven, can I babysit yet? Or do you have to be a certain age? I love to take care of kids, I took care of my 4 year old niece for a week. I'm pretty sure I could handle it!




Hey girl, it's up to the parents but you're a little young right now. Most girls start at 13 or 14.

xoxo 
Alyssa B.

by lovemycrazybff on 8/23/2010 11:26:25 PM

 
 

**!MOD MOD MODITTY MOD MOD!**
I'm 11 and want to babysit . how can i get my daddy to say yes. i'm very mature and babysit for my eight year old bro. i'm used to be left alone for up to 6 hours
THNX,
Katiedid

 

Hey girl, def continue watching your little bro because that will show your dad your committed to baby sitting. Keep doing chores around the house, and it will slowly but surely build up his confidence.

lauren r.

by gussie398 on 8/23/2010 8:05:07 PM

 
 

Eeeeeeeeeek! i have my first REAL job TONIGHT! it's so cool and i'm totally looking forward to it and i'm hoping to become a highly-refered pro!

by twilightluvr316 on 8/20/2010 3:14:55 PM

 
 

My parents said i could babysit but my dad said i had to gain weight.I have a high metabolism and no matter how much i eat i cant gain weight. I ate all the junk food in my house and i didn't gain any weight. What can i do for the few pounds?

by singforlife on 8/19/2010 6:25:45 PM

 
 

you can answer on my profile about the below question thanks

PLEASE HELP!!!!!1

by 9girl8 on 8/14/2010 12:32:27 AM

 
 

where are places to take classes that are under $25 dollars to take please help my mom won't let me babysit unless i take the class but we can't afford it.

by 9girl8 on 8/14/2010 12:28:31 AM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD!!!!!!!!!!!
I want to babysit for my neighbor and my dad had mentioned it to them when we were over on day. They asked me how much I would want and I said I didn't know thinking they might have a price already estabished for other sitters. I really want to watch their daughter but I just don't know how much to ask for. How much do you think I should ask for if they have one 3 year old who is very nice and easy to watch. Please write back of you can. Thx.

by bubbathepenguin18 on 8/9/2010 12:25:52 AM

 
 

Some members of my church are moving to my development. They have 3 boys 3 years of age and younger. I have a 3 year old sister, so they are looking at me for sitting for the next few years! Hopefully the cash will come rolling in!!!Smile Smile

by Bootsie753 on 8/8/2010 6:28:01 PM

 
 

~MOD~
My mom has a daycare so I am around kids 24/7 I love playing with them and I don't even care about getting payed I just want to babysit. I have put up flyers in the neighborhood, but it doesn't work. What else can i do??? I'm only 12, am I too young??




Im sure you can get some connections through your moms daycare. When parents come to pick up their kids, give them a flyer and explain how you can babysit if they wanna go out to dinner and such. Good luck! xoxo kerra 
Kerra S.

by nwagirl on 8/4/2010 10:11:49 PM

 
 

mod
i dont know if i have a fear of rejection or what..but i'm scared to ask my neighbors, who have 3 little-ish girls, if they need a babysitter! i've never babysat before so i want to get experience. i'm almost fourteen. how should i approach them about this? thanks so much!




Hey girlie, just ask! the worst that can happen is that they say they don't need a babysitter! 
Alissa S.

by partyy like a rockstar on 8/4/2010 3:52:48 PM

 
 

ive been babysitting 2 little girls on my street...they love me they never let go of me haha Smile i usully get paid 10-15 bucks an hour...and once i got paid for just playing house with them...(i was the baby, the oldest little girl was the mom, and the littlest girl was the husband) haha...i got paid 15 bucks! haha Smile

by ljlove on 8/2/2010 2:12:20 PM

 
 

I have been babysitting in a group for about one year with two five year olds and one two year old. We only had one family and recently they moved away. So we just recently passed out flyers to some families and most of them have infants to one year olds. I am just 12 and the other people are 11 so, im sort of nervous about babysitting the younger kids!!! Do you have any tips for me!!!! please give me afew!!! Thank you!!!

by curly q12343 on 7/29/2010 5:48:10 PM

 
 

I really want to babysitt because we have a lot of little kids on my block. And I am not looking for a lot of money just somehing to do. My mom thinks im to young to babysitt and i hate it. My cousins started when they were in third grade. Im going into 6th grade and im 11. Sometimes i also think im too young cause my cousins come home with peanut butter in there hair. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

by natapdancer99 on 7/27/2010 12:27:34 PM

 
 

mod mod mod i want to get a job . where i can by this really cut dress . my rents wont by it beacuse . the have to pay 300 a month on my school tuest . plz help !




Hey girl, try doin odd jobs around your neighborhood like babysitting and mowing lawns. 
Brittany B.

by dray7999 on 7/27/2010 10:31:28 AM

 
 

MOD
my mom is concerned with me babysitting. i've been a mother's helper b4 and wuz really good at it. my friends and family dont really hav kids... im 12 and the only ppl i know who hav kids i could babysit 4 hav a new born and another person who has 3 kids, a 1 yr old, a 5 yr old, and a 9 yr old. what should i do? should i just start babysitting in my neiborhood or take the job with 3 kids?




Hey girlie, I think it depends on how comfortable you feel with the kids and how comfortable their parents feel with you babysitting them! But you could also try babysitting the kids in your neighborhood. 
Alissa S.

by biebergal36 on 7/26/2010 2:43:03 PM

 
 

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I'm almost 12 (on August 16) and I was wondering is that too young to babysit? And also if I was asked for how much I wanted to be paid, what would be a reasonable answer? THANKS!!!!!!




Happy (almost) birthday! If you are babysitting kids who are 5-6, it sounds like you are the perfect age! But you want to make sure you are babysitting kids who you can handle, but also knowing that they will take you seriously! You wouldn't want to babysit someone who was 10, because they probably would consider you more of a friend.  Also, how much you get paid depends on how many kids there are!
Katie R.

by nobody25 on 7/23/2010 1:15:09 PM

 
 

I want to start babysitting. I just have to prove i can keep my grades up im going to probably start like when school starts! I wanr to baby sit. If anyone lives in alabama. Where I can email you. ***************




Hey girlie, we're not allowed to give out our email addresses on GL! 
Brittany B.

by maleyarae on 7/22/2010 1:23:55 PM

 
 

I have a family and i really love watching their kids while the parents work around the house. They havent started paying me yet but i kinda want to start taking care off them on my own when the parents are gone. How can i make sure that they dont think that they dont have to pay me?
-Sarah

by cheerleading1882 on 7/22/2010 12:22:30 PM

 
 

When you babysit you shouldn't bring your cell phone. The parents won't like that you were talking to yuor friends all night instead of watching the kids. Yesterday I watched a little baby for nine hours, you think its easy but it isn't. You have to constantly keep an eye on them so they don't put anything in their mouth or they don't go near the stairs.

by ambersgirl on 7/22/2010 9:13:03 AM

 
 

Mod
I have two questions.
1: I really want to babysit but I'm turning 13 in September and there isn't a lot of kids on my block. I'm kind of concerned that when I become a babysitter, I'll have no clients! What should I do?
2: My second questions is: What supplies should I get for babysitting? I have a binder, dividers, calculator, pencil and eraser, and a store-bought first-aid kit. What else do I need?
Please answer! Thanks!




Hey babe! Try babysitting for family-friends first! Or try being a mothers helper, where you can babysit, while the mother is in the house, doing chores/errands, etc.  Babysitting doesn't really require a binder or anything! It just requires a lot of playing, the willingness to want to play games and have fun with the kids.  The biggest thing is to have phone numbers from the parent, in order to contact them if anything goes wrong or if you're having trouble with the kids misbehaving.  Also, if it's a baby you may be required to change diapers.   
Megan R.

by Faith265 on 7/21/2010 7:18:52 PM

 
 

Mod
i got my first babysitting job tomorrow, and i'm super nervous. The kids i'm babysitting are 9 and 6. We know them super well, but the 6 year old it difficult. She also has multiple food allergies. Luckily, my mom talked to their mom, and she said that there are no foods in the house that will casue a reaction. I'm just nervous, and i cant really say why i am, but i don'twant to cancel on them.
How can i calm my nerves?




Hey girl once you're there and playing with the kids you will get the hang of it!  Babysitting is awesome since you get to play with the kids and act like you're their age again! 
Brittany B.

by haleyhay3 on 7/20/2010 12:34:59 PM

 
 

I have a family to sit for but they live in the country and one of my friends is their neibors and the little girl told me that she is going to be watching them. The problem is that the one time they asked me i was going to be on vacation. The mom is a preschool teacher and the dad is my princable so they usually don't need a babysitter. But anyway i think she is is trying to steal my job but the one thing is that REALLY bugs me is that she can't even get her homework done on time let alone 4 soon to be 5 kids!!!!!!!!!!!!! what should i do???




Hey babe I think you should talk to your friend.  She may not have been trying to steal your job.  Maybe the fam's parents want a babysitter that lives closer to them for emergency reasons and asked her.  But keep looking for more families and then losing 1 job won't matter as much! 
Brittany B.

by pai1098 on 7/20/2010 11:23:42 AM

 
 

Hey,
I can give you advice on ANYTHING IN THE WORLD!!!! I know what its like to be your own best friend, have parents who don't understand, be adopted, be in a foster home, be in love, being confused, or just need advice on what to do tomorrow. Just leave me a comment on my profile and ill answer A.S.A.P.!!!!!
Talk to you soon!!!
-Juliet

by ImJustMe96 on 7/19/2010 8:19:09 PM

 
 

Hey. (:
Want a friend? Need advice?
im your girl!(:
Ask me literally anything. I'm talking ANYTHING. it could be from picking out a room theme to your first kiss. no question is off limits. im not going to say ive been through everything, because i havent, but i will say that i have been through some stuff and my advice will be my complete and honest opinion, and im sure it will be helpful, even if it wasnt what u were looking for. <33

by SierraRylee on 7/18/2010 7:29:25 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD Smile
Im taking a red cross babysitting class and i need to bring in a first aid kit!!! What should i keep in it?




If you go to a store you can find a premade first aid kit that will have everything youll need. xoxo kerra
Kerra S.

by fionaforbes on 7/14/2010 9:08:39 PM

 
 

Mod! I have tried flyers and everything!!! I'm 13 and I've taken a Red cross CPR and first aid class...(it says on the flyers too) but I'm not getting anything from it! help!! how can I get people to babysit for??

 

Hey chica, I would check in the newspaper each week, in the classifieds section to see if anyone is looking for a babysitter. Also, you could take a walk in your neighborhood and go knock on the doors of houses that you think would have kids (like ones with toys outside). Introduce yourself to the parents and give them a flyer with your contact into.

xxx

Becca G.

by *Sigh* on 7/13/2010 10:32:51 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
I babysit for the same family every Sunday for the next 4 weeks, from about 6:30 to about 10:00. The kids are already fed, all I do is put them to bed. They youngest goes to bed at 8, so I start getting her ready at 7:45, what are some fun things to do before that? please don"t send a link, actual idea's of yours/things you have used would be great! Also help from girls on the site would be great too! Thanks!




Hey girl, have the kids show you their favorite toys, games, books and stuff.  Little kids have no problem talking so just listening to them may be enough time haha!  But then offer to read them a book (or part of one) or play a game.
Brittany B.

by peetaxkatniss on 7/13/2010 1:42:49 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD what are fun ideas to do while babysitting? Thank you in advance!!!




Hey girlie, check out some of these great ideas! http://www.girlslife.com/category/fun-stuff2.aspx 
Alissa S.

by pottersprincess on 7/12/2010 11:07:40 AM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD!!! Also, I have another question. Hehe It's perfectly fine if you don't feel COMPELTELY comfortable answering this, I'm just looking for suggestions. My friend and I (we play guitar together and sing a lot) were just asked to perform at a wedding in September. The thing is, it would be a PAID performance, and they are asking how much we charge. It is a low-budget wedding with lots of monetary problems going on in that family (the parents aren't helping pay at all, the lady that is getting married has taken in two kids that aren't hers bc their mother died of cancer at age 23) so they are short on cash. I don't want to charge a lot because of that fact, so do you have some suggestions of reasonable prices? Thank you so much!
Love, PhotographyGirl




Hey girlie, I think how much you charge depends on a lot of things like how long you're playing for, how much experience you have, and what type of wedding it is. I think it's also good that you're taking into account the financial situation of the couple. I don't really know exactly how much you should charge, but you could ask them what price range they had in mind to pay to get an idea of how much you should ask, or ask other people who have played at weddings how much they charged!
Alissa S.

by PhotographyGirl on 7/12/2010 12:28:32 AM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
Hello! I have a question Is there another way for a 14-year-old to get money? I mean other than babysitting and mowing lawns and stuff like that. I really want to save up some money for a new guitar. One of my best friends and I play guitar together a lot and sing (we are actually really good if I do say so myself, we have been asked to play at our church and lead songs and play at house blessings and weddings!!) but I don't know how I could arrange to do shows and get PAID.....or if you can suggest a completely different way to get money, that would be great Also, I'm not really looking for an EMPLOYED job (say, at McDonald's or something) I'm just looking for a way that could get me some cash without having too many set hours that I HAVE to work. Thank you so much!




Hey girlie, Here are some fun ideas you could try: http://www.girlslife.com/post/2010/06/01/summer-jobs.aspx You could also try seeing if you could start a band and book shows!
Alissa S.

by PhotographyGirl on 7/12/2010 12:28:06 AM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD!!! Also, I have another question. Hehe Smile It's perfectly fine if you don't feel COMPELTELY comfortable answering this, I'm just looking for suggestions. My friend and I (we play guitar together and sing a lot) were just asked to perform at a wedding in September. The thing is, it would be a PAID performance, and they are asking how much we charge. It is a low-budget wedding with lots of monetary problems going on in that family (the parents aren't helping pay at all, the lady that is getting married has taken in two kids that aren't hers bc their mother died of cancer at age 23) so they are short on cash. I don't want to charge a lot because of that fact, so do you have some suggestions of reasonable prices? Thank you so much!
Love, PhotographyGirl

by PhotographyGirl on 7/11/2010 10:22:57 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
Hello! I have a question Smile Is there another way for a 14-year-old to get money? I mean other than babysitting and mowing lawns and stuff like that. I really want to save up some money for a new guitar. One of my best friends and I play guitar together a lot and sing (we are actually really good if I do say so myself, we have been asked to play at our church and lead songs and play at house blessings and weddings!!) but I don't know how I could arrange to do shows and get PAID.....or if you can suggest a completely different way to get money, that would be great Smile Also, I'm not really looking for an EMPLOYED job (say, at McDonald's or something) I'm just looking for a way that could get me some cash without having too many set hours that I HAVE to work. Thank you so much!

by PhotographyGirl on 7/11/2010 10:19:46 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD! i posted this a few days ago but it didnt sho up. the babysitting classes in my town are always canceled because barely anyone signs up and i was wondering if a cpr/first aid class would be ok. thanks!

 

Hey chica! A first air or CPR class would be great to take! And, it would look great on your babysitting resume Smile

xxx

Becca G.

by beaniebaby10 on 7/10/2010 7:38:08 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD!!!
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

 
 

for people who need addvice come to my acount

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.

xxx

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

 
 

MOD*MOD*MOD
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.
-KELSIE




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

 
 

MOD MOD MOD!
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

 
 

I'm 11, but am extremely mature for my age and my family knows that. Do you think my family would let me babysit for them?? Thanks!! Smile

by CutieTML on 6/17/2010 2:37:54 AM

 
 

Would it be a good idea babysitting with a friend. we catch up all the time so we wouldn't talk during the babysitting and she is good with little ones while I am good at making up games.




Hey! As long as you are paying attention to the kids and working together to make sure everything is under control, then I think it would work fine! 
Megan R.

by archerychic on 6/16/2010 6:50:30 PM

 
 

I'm really young but not too young. I need advice!
I'm babysitting my 6 year old girl cousin while we're camping. She's kind of picky. She loves being out and about but whenever I take her out on hikes and things like that I end up losing her. It's so annoying! I love kids and all but things can get out of hand. I have to pack food for her and I don't know what to do. I'm bringing a cell phone thank goodness. But to rap things up I need HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by LittleLonelyPanda on 6/16/2010 3:32:28 AM

 
 

You in fact do not have to have take a babysitting course to start watching after kids. Let's say you're watching your next door neighbor's little boy, and you've known the family for years. If they really trust you and know you to be a good kid, they'll be thrilled that you offered. However, if you want to baby sit the new family on the block, a baby sitting course might give Mom a piece of mind. A babysitting course would just make things easier anyway.

by princessjulia97 on 6/14/2010 11:53:17 AM

 
 

Help! I have told people that I could babysit and I'm the only one in my neighbor hood, but they still dont call! I have even taken the courses??? What should I do?

by jrwaterski on 6/14/2010 10:08:57 AM

 
 

mod mod modd!
what are some good things to write on a babysitting flier? should i say its my first time..? help please Smile

by partyy like a rockstar on 6/13/2010 11:36:27 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD
I have a question................. do you have to take babysitting courses in order to do babysitting????
*Peacelover425*




Hey girly, some families may require their babysitters to be CPR or First Aid certified, in case something goes wrong under your watch.  But most of the time, parents are just looking for someone who will be able to entertain their kids for a few hours.  Practice taking care of younger siblings if you have any.  They do offer classes that help with babysitting, but you definitely don't have to take a course in order to babysit!
Katie R.

by peacelover425 on 6/9/2010 12:57:29 PM

 
 

hey girlies!
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by Olivia T. on 6/8/2010 4:21:15 PM

 
 

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by mileycalyx on 6/7/2010 3:58:43 PM

 
 

MOD! MOD! MOD! Ok so i have a BIG question. I always need advice ( my life is horrible the way it is already, dont get me started on me in elementary skool ) & i alwaz send q's to lucky, carol, bill & dave, but they never show up???????????? wats the deal????? also do u have ant cute hairstyles i can use wen i go to school that dont require hairdryer or straitning iron, and is off my neck, for short hair girlies. (my hair is thick, i can master the ponytail)




Hey girl! We get TONS of questions sent in, so that's prob why yours haven't shown up. You can always post on the website and the mods will try to help you out. As for your hair. Maybe try a braid or a bun.

xoxo

Liz 
Liz L.

by supergirl_03 on 6/6/2010 9:38:53 PM

 
 

Everyone on my block has a little kid (7 and younger). I usually go and babysit one one day and another the other day. This year I had home and careers and one of them was a whole unit on baby-sitting kids. So... I AM PREPARED!

by minniecookie on 6/5/2010 8:54:04 AM

 
 

Ok so i have a BIG question. I always need advice ( my life is horrible the way it is already, dont get me started on me in elementary skool ) & i alwaz send q's to lucky, carol, bill & dave, but they never show up???????????? wats the deal????? also do u have ant cute hairstyles i can use wen i go to school that dont require hairdryer or straitning iron, and is off my neck, for short hair girlies. (my hair is thick, i can master the ponytail)

by supergirl_03 on 6/4/2010 8:46:17 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD!! hey i asked this question like a week ago and it didnt even get POSTED! am i not allowed to ask it? just wondering how to sign up for a red cross babysitting class can u give me a link or something? thx!

 

Hey girl, here's a link to Red Cross babysitting classes. Good luck with it! http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.53fabf6cc033f17a2b1ecfbf43181aa0/?vgnextoid=5ced914124dbe110VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD
Lauren T.

by iluvwaffles on 6/4/2010 12:30:30 PM

 
 

thanks 4 the tips Iam just starting off

by samigurl on 6/2/2010 5:50:16 PM

 
 

I am an experienced girl with children (I helped out a kindergarden for half a year and tutored 3rd graders in reading) but I don't have anyone to babysit. I also took a Red-cross babysitters class too. The problem is that there are like 5 other girls in my neighborhood and they babysit all the kids. Help! What should I do?

by dizon97 on 6/1/2010 1:12:40 PM

 
 

mod mod mod! i know this sounds like a very stupid question but, if the child gets hurt or something, should you call the 'rents first or 911? thanks.

by tomboy74 on 5/31/2010 1:59:38 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD!
I hear everywhere about this business card maker but i cant find it any where. could u please give me the link? thank u!

 

Hey girlie,

Hmm...I've never heard about this before!  Have you tried typing it into Google?  I would try that!

Lauren C.

by beaniebaby10 on 5/30/2010 4:27:02 PM

 
 

MOD!!!! Ok, every night my mom and I go on a walk(we live in the country.)Well, last night this red truck full of teenagers was swerving all over the place. I started freaking out, so my mom had us basically walking in the ditch. I was so scared, and now I'm too scared to go even near the road anymore! Is there any way to get over it?




Hey girl! It is probably safe to walk on the side of the road anyways, but just keep your eyes open and your senses alert and you will be fine. 
Hannah D.

by cats-r-the-best on 5/28/2010 11:28:29 AM

 
 

Today I have to babysit maybe 6 little boys for 7 hours. My sister will be there and so will my cousin and we wll be babysitting them. The oldest is in the 2nd grade and I think the youngest is in Daycare. Is there any fun games you prefer we play or any tips you could give me on how to have fun with the kids? This is only my second time babysitting.
Thanks xoxo. Freddi N.

by mbh1997 on 5/27/2010 8:04:57 AM

 
 

OMG THANK YOU!!! I HAVE MY BABYSITTING CLASS IN TWO DAYS...

by Dance24/7 on 5/25/2010 8:13:02 PM

 
 

if u have any tips on baby sitting post them on my profile plz thx

by sebringobluestreaksgirl on 5/16/2010 7:59:14 PM

 
 

!!!MOD MOD MOD!!!
For 7 straight hours everyday, I would sit at my computer screen and play...and play...and play some more. I eventually quit just recently after realizing that this was bad for my health and even the blood circulation in my legs because of the way I sat.
So I decided to try and join anything I could get my hands on. I'm waiting to see if I'll be accepted into the Student Concil at my school next year at the moment, and I'm conspiring to join karate and a dance team, possibly tennis too.
I'm also planning on babysitting as a summer job for summer; I've had my heart set on it since the beginning of last year.
My BFF and I are planning to work together on our baby biz once we're cerified (spell fail). But here's my stitch: Most people on my BFF's and my block don't have kids; either that or they take them everywhere they go. I'm worried that our biz won't get enough biz.
We're only doing business with the people in our small town because only a month ago, some dude was found in a van in our school parking with a swiss army knife, a rope, a sheet, and other things. He was arrested. His intentions were unknown. Now I'm absolutely terrified about babysitting, alone, at night, and possibly sleeping in an unfamiliar house.
So now I'm considering doing a different job, but I wonder if I'm better off with the baby biz. What other jobs are suitable for a 13-year-old girl with ispirations swinging at all ends?

 

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by Faith265 on 5/11/2010 5:44:32 PM

 
 

Hey! I'm eleven and my parents and I feel that I am responsible enough to babysit. I have taken an online course and have read many books but my dad says I should take an in-person cpr course. I know how to do it and I have taken an online course, but my dad says I should do an interactive course. My mom and I called a place where they offer cpr courses but they haven't gotten back to us. I really want to babysit right now and don't want to wait for months. What should I do?

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by XxAmy'sAdvicexX on 5/10/2010 5:41:32 PM

 
 

MOD! my mom doesn't think i am old enough to babysit! i am eleven years old and i have taken a babysitting class. i am also every good with kids. am i to young? if not how can i convince my mom?also how much should i get paid? thx!




hey girl! You could be a mothers helper. 
Eryn G.

by dancer2998 on 5/9/2010 5:12:22 PM

 
 

MODMODMODMODMODMODMODMOD!!
I need help! I have recentley had my first babysitting job. I babysat a 3 yr. old girl-Emily and a 5 yr. old boy-Mathew! Emily was great, she wanted to draw, go outside, eat an occasional cream puff(which I can understand why...they ARE good), and draw, but Mathew only wanted to play on my littl sisters DS. The reason he got a hold of it is because my sister (who is 11) gave it to him when I told her not to...so he did not do anything else the WHOLE TIME!! Can I get anyhelp on what to do...I need suggestions on what is fun for a five year old boy! I would also lie to ask if GL is planning on having something on babysitting in the next magazine?




Hey girl, I would just suggest asking him about something else he wants to do. Or maybe you can just get the DS back from him? 
Lauren R.

by ggnyooa on 5/8/2010 3:37:47 PM

 
 

MOD!!!MOD!!!MOD!!!MOD!!!MOD!!!
I am 14 and I'm going to be taking a babysitting class in about a month. Meanwhile I am going to ask my mom, dad and step mom to look for people who are looking for babysitters for this summer after I take the one day course. So I am going to make some business cards and fliers for this. What should I put on the business cards and on the fliers???? What should I avoid putting on the business cards and fliers????
THANKS!!!!!!!
~Jess







I suggest you put your name and how you want to be a babysitter first off. Secondly add the course you took on there as qualifications and then also include how youre a fun girl. If you make ppl want to have you babysit their kids youll do great! xoxo kerra 
Kerra S.

by xwritingonwallsx on 5/6/2010 9:57:05 PM

 
 

I am going to be babysitting for the first time today! I am babysitting a five year old boy and a three year old girl! I love the kids, but sometimes they can be a little hyperactive! How do I tire them out? The kids parents are here for small group from church, so I am pretty much watching over them! So when the kids mom and dad go out, they said I can babysit for money!

by ggnyooa on 5/2/2010 3:18:02 PM

 
 

MODMODMODMODMODMOMDMOD!! Okayy Tonight my family is coming over for a get together and I have 2 cousins that are 5 and 9. I haven't started babystitting and I would like them to be my first job. But How should I ask my Antie? And Should I be prepared about any questions shes going ask me?? Thankies,,

 

Hey girly, just tell her you want to get into babysitting and want to start with your cousins. Let her know you would be responsible, give her your cell and house number just in case she has to reach you. Tell her you would have activities lined up to keep them entertained. It might also be a good thing that you don't charge since it's your first time. Yes you should be prepared for any questions she has for you. Smile

Lynae P.

by .bubblegum on 5/2/2010 1:35:34 PM

 
 

MODMODMODMOD I want to start ballet because I want to be more graceful and get better posture (I'm a tomboy), but I'm afraid people will think I'm a girly-girl ballerina. What should I do?

 

Hey chica! You should totally go for it. Who cares what people think! And if you continue to act like yourself, then no one should think that at all.

xxx

Becca G.

by littlemissbunneh on 4/30/2010 10:11:04 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD i am babysitting for the very first time on saturday night. the people are my sister's regular clients but my sister was already busy that night so i got the job. how can i spread the word and get more jobs???

 

Hey girl!  The best way to get babysitting jobs is by word-of-mouth.  Let this fam know that you are looking for more jobs, so they can spread the word if they know anyone looking.  Let your mom and family members know, and spread the word in your neighborhood!  You could also ask your sister to help, since she's already got some regular clients.   Good luck with the babysitting! 

Marie H.

by samantha4267 on 4/28/2010 6:04:33 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD How much does a babysitter get paid?

 

hey girl! it always depends on the parent, some jsut get paid $8 an hour, but some experiences sitters can get $14 an hour!

Hallie R.

by sugarcookie11 on 4/20/2010 12:24:19 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
How old should you be to start babysitting?




Hey girl,

It all depends, some states actually have rules that regulate this age but not all. Usually people start babysitting around the ages of 13 or 14. 
Allee S.

by sugarcookie11 on 4/20/2010 10:37:27 AM

 
 

hay i took a babysitting course last year. I babysit 2 girls and 2 boys. The kids are ALWAYS hitting each other. Also , the parents come home later than they say. sometimes they wont come home till 11 30pm. so how much should i charge. My mom says 5 but i feel like that is not enough.

by meiping623 on 4/17/2010 3:41:41 PM

 
 

MODMODMODMOD
hey i babysit a 3 year old girl and a 4 year old boy...pleas hide this so no1 can c it THNX SO MUCH!

 

Hey girl,

Basically, when you work for people, you have to respect their wishes and do things their way.  This means: her parents say that you have to take her everywhere, so you have to do things that way.  Do they have a "baby potty" for her to sit on?  Most parents do have on in the house from potty-training, so it might be helpful to get this out and have her sit on it while you sit on the "big girl" potty.  It might even help you guys bond in a weird way - she is most likely doing it because she looks up to you and wants to be like you!  You can try the tub idea too since that would make clean-up easier.  Just keep trying different things and don't get discouraged <3

Lauren C.

by spost126 on 4/13/2010 5:06:36 PM

 
 

What age is babysitting right




Hey! I'm pretty sure it may differ from state to state. But legally: 12 years old is the age, however most girls don't start til they're 13 or 14, so that way they feel comfortable and mature in babysitting the kids.  Also parents are more likely to trust teenagers, and ask 12 year-olds to act as mothers helpers rather than babysitters.  
Megan R.

by carolinemmm1 on 4/12/2010 5:06:39 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD HELP!
what if ur moms friend has a little baby and he is like so playable, but is so attached to his mother like never gets off her, if i babysit the baby do u think he will cry all the time cuz he missis his mom? should i babysit him? what should i do?
please help




Hey! I think you should babysit him only if you feel comfortable. Maybe try babysitting him for a short amount of time the first time you take the job.  He could just like to be held, but voice your concern to the mother and she'll show you what to do when he cries and how he likes to be held best.  Usually moms with babies are very helpful and write tips for babysitters when the baby is acting up.  
Megan R.

by carolinemmm1 on 4/12/2010 5:05:43 PM

 
 

MOD! Hey! How are you? I'm taking a babysitting course this summer, but I already babysit LOL. How much should I charge per hour??? I only babysit people who I really know, and I dont want to feel like I'm you know robbing them of money haha. Is $5 per hour a reasonable price? Thx!

 

Hey girl! It really depends how comfortable you feel but I would def up that price a little! I would say $10 is usually pretty standard. You are taking care of their children and to have the best care, they shouldn't mind shelling out some extra bucks!

-Taeler

Taeler L.

by ilovesjpnyc on 4/11/2010 9:15:09 PM

 
 

Hey guys, Nikki here to solve all your problems! I can do anything AND everything, babes! All you have to do is post a comment to my profile, and at the top write !NIKKI!. I will reply ASAP, and you'll never have trouble finding your answer (like you do when you write MODs)!
xoxoNikki

by xfobrocksx on 4/10/2010 2:53:38 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD HELP!!!!!!
I took your advice from the last comment and calmly discussed the matter with my mom. She got furious with me and yelled at me!!! She doesn't want me to be unsupporvised or without an adult. She claims she doesn't want me in some one else's house. I told her we wouldn't baby sit people we didn't know, but now I'm in trouble! I'm not going to bring it up for a while, but, I need money!!! My mom also wants me to save money for a bike. I need a new bike, but i've been saving money for other things. When I wanted a pair of knee high converse, she said no because she thought they were ugly and told me that I need money for a bike!!! I don't know what to do anymore! HELP!




Well i suggest you let the problem sit for a while. Maybe keep proving that youre responsible enough to handle the responsibility. If she sees that she can trust you alone, then maybe she'll let you babysit alone. Good luck with everything! xoxo kerra 
Kerra S.

by candy13133 on 4/8/2010 10:01:05 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD!!!!!! HELP!!!
I would love to start babysitting. My friend and I started a club and need to raise money to fund everything for it. I am very responsible, on National Junior Honor society, get great grades, and love kids. But no matter how hard I try to convince my mom, she won't let me. I am thirteen years old! I babysat with my 29 year old cousin once and we watched my 3 and 5 year old cousins. I think I will be able to handle it. My best friend and I would like to partner up and start a baby sitting business, but that won't even convince my mom. How can I start to babysit?




I think the only thing you can do is talk to your mom about it. If she lets you, then you can make flyers and post them around town.  
Kayla C.

by candy13133 on 4/8/2010 8:36:35 PM

 
 

MOD!!!! Okay so I am 13 years old and I just got my first job babysitting a family friend's 2 year old Emma! She is a really easy kid to watch( I once watched her at my church for like an hour or so) but the thing I am most scared about is changing her diaper. I will be going to their house from 6:00-10:00 and it will just be us two there. Any tips on how to change a diaper because I have never done that before! Thanks in advance!

 

hey girl! you should ask her mom in advance cause im sure there is something specific. the mom will be impressed that you asked so you can be shown perfectly, and that you dont act all squeemish about it!

Hallie R.

by hollistercrazy1 on 4/8/2010 4:03:01 PM

 
 

im a certified red cross babysitter but i only have one babysitting job and thats for my cousins. Is it bad that i dont have a cpr certificate?

by Pinkmoose98 on 4/2/2010 7:18:16 AM

 
 

I have always wanted to babysit, but I never have time during the school year. Hopefully I will this summer!

by hockeyismylife on 4/1/2010 8:40:39 PM

 
 

Thank you SOOOOO much GL. I did you advice from my earlier comment and no its not my original idea of what would happen but.... It is very cool. I get to start babysitting when I turn 12 in july. Still it is alot of time to wait but its better than around 2 years. Thanks agasin GL!

by gllove12 on 4/1/2010 7:26:24 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD Hey! I REALLY want to babysit, but I don't have my liscense yet. I am also getting my CPR certificate this summer. But that's not the point. I am only eleven and I'm really scared that I will have to baby sit a kid almost my age! How can avoid this?




Hey girl, I started babysitting when I was around 11 years old. You just have to be confident in the fact that you are in charge. I never seemed to notice it being a big deal. As long a you establish that you are in charge, and prove that you should be (don't feel flustered when it comes to making dinner, putting kids to bed, etc.), then you should be fine.  
Kayla C.

by PinkPanda11 on 4/1/2010 5:05:49 PM

 
 

ifmusicalgirl1

Well, hi. Uhm, maybe you could ask your aunt to pay you. I'm sure she wouldn't mind. Then, you could change your times and days around (that your available) so that more people might adjust better to when you can babysit.

by FrenchMani<3 on 4/1/2010 10:16:39 AM

 
 

MOD**MOD**MOD i have no one to babysit!! my parents wont let me babysit anyone new and i babysit my 3 year old cousin but my uncle and aunt dont pay me for it. i also babysit my bros and my parents occasionally give me $$ but i feel like they shouldnt have to. plus all the little kids in my neighborhood already has a babysitter!!what can i do!

 

Hey chicky, I’m a busy bee facilitating all the G-Blog jazz. Although I’d love to answer and chat with all ya gals, it’s just not possible at the moment. I’m sure our lovely bloggers here would love to help ya out with some great advice! Thanks for understanding. , Your Blog Patrol Babes

Marie H.

by ifmusicalgirl1 on 3/31/2010 4:52:56 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once I take the Red Cross Babysitting Test, I want to wait about a month to start babysitting for kids aged 4-8 or something. Can a 12 year old babysit or do you have to be 13?

 

Hey girl!  I know girls that started babysitting around that age.  Of course, it all depends on your parents and the kids' parents.  If they're cool with it, and you feel ready, then you're good to go.  Good luck with the test! 

Marie H.

by FrenchMani<3 on 3/31/2010 3:14:30 PM

 
 

If you look below, one of my comments is there and is asking for a tip on how to get 2 1/2 year olds that don't wanna take a nap. Well, on my profile I will be putting stories, tips, ect. on it. Check it out!! Smile TTYL chickas!

by HorseRider101 on 3/31/2010 12:38:15 PM

 
 

I've been baby sitting for almost 3 years now and lately I've been getting paid any where from 10-15$ an hour. It really depends on who I baby sit for and what time. The most kids I've had to watch at once was 4, it also helps to have older kids be "helpers". I've baby sat kids from the ages of 3-12. (did have an infant once but she slept the whole time)

by karatejenn16 on 3/30/2010 6:37:16 PM

 
 

Today I'm babysitting my cousins (2 adorable boys!) and I can't wait until they get here! One time- I fed them mac&cheese- let's just say the shower had macaroni noodles in it!!!! Today their mom will feed them lunch and I just have to put them to bed for a nap.

ANY TIPS FOR A 2 1/2 YEAR OLD THAT DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE A NAP?!?!?!!?!?
Please respond before 1:00 p.m today!!!!!!!

by HorseRider101 on 3/30/2010 11:26:43 AM

 
 

MOD!MOD!MOD!I'm 11 and really good with kids. I have had a bunch of expierence in my church's nursery and i've been offered around 15 jobs since i turned 11 in July. A bunch of the moms their want me to sit for their kids because they know i can take care of their kids and their kids all like me. I know baby/child/adult CPR and I have taken a babysitting class. I was talkiing with my mom and she says I need to be 13 while I am already ready to start my jobs. I'm tired of waiting and letting the parents try to find other people. I live in the country annd their dosn't seam to be anyone else offering up their services. The parents know I could handel it, I know I can handel it. What are some tips for convincing my mom. I have even heard some parents say their just waiting for me to be allowed to babysit. I really want this. !HELP!Ineed my mom to understand that I am ready now.

 

Hey girl, tell one of the mothers who want you to babysit to talk to your mom. Maybe she can convince her that you're ready to babysit. Your mom might also listen to her because she's another adult. So try setting up a meeting. Smile

Lynae P.

by gllove12 on 3/28/2010 3:00:29 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD
How much is a good price for a 2 year old who is pretty well behaved? I told my neighbors that I would watch their daughter and i don't know what price to tell them I would work for. Please write back. Thanks!

 

Hey girlie,

It's been a long time since I was a paid babysitter, so I'm not sure what the rates are Frown I'm sorry!  Try asking some of your babysitting buds if they have any recommendations.  If you can't do that, just go with your gut!  Remember: minimum wage for any "real" job is $7.25 an hour, so you might wanna keep it around there or a little more.

Lauren C.

by bubbathepenguin18 on 3/23/2010 5:31:50 PM

 
 

i dont know wat to do i have been sick and sneezing it wont go away wat should i do

by lalia on 3/21/2010 10:43:47 PM

 
 

wat do i do if im sick and im baby sitting then i have like a sneezing fit or i puke and the kids are breaking stuff

by lalia on 3/21/2010 10:38:05 PM

 
 

MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD* hi! so i LOVE justin bieber and i want to go to his concert but i need 200 bucks. how can i make money fast? i'll take as many ideas as you can give. THX!! Smile

 

Hey girl, you could sell candy at your school, have a yard sale, donate your old clothes to a thrift store, baby, house and pet sit. Hope some of this helps! Smile

Lynae P.

by twilightluvr316 on 3/21/2010 4:44:37 PM

 
 

I have cousins with a kid and i know they trust me to do the work. I just don't get whether or not i need to except the money they offer. My parents keep trying to tell me i need to tell my cousins that i dont need to get paid, but i think it would be nice to make a little extra change. What should i do????

by emelpace12 on 3/21/2010 2:13:37 PM

 
 

Omg i cant wait to get started babysitting. This is gonna help sooooo much. Im excited but a little nervous about the kids hating me or whateva, wish me luck!!! Smile

by emelpace12 on 3/21/2010 2:11:04 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD!!!!!!! I'm interested in making some money and i know how to do cpr and all the health aid things. I was considering of making a flyer and putting it around my neighborhood. And i just got over my fear of dogs so im not so comfortable around them unless i really know them. Do i really need to take a babysitting class? And by the way im 14 so help me! thanks Smile

 

Hey girl, if you want to take a babysitting class, it certainly wouldn't hurt, but it all depends on your experience with kids. I would be careful putting flyers around your neighborhood. Only accept jobs from people you really think you can trust. A good place to put them also is daycare centers. Good luck!

 

- Gabrielle

gabrielle m.

by icanttake on 3/21/2010 1:33:04 PM

 
 

I know that you are by the list so no one is really listening to me.Is that true.And on that babysitting stuff it's so hard to get money by babysitting.

by JASIME on 3/20/2010 9:53:58 PM

 
 

So are you having issues with babysitting.I give tips,because now people are stealing money now a days and I to try to stay away from people who I don't know.

by JASIME on 3/20/2010 9:50:09 PM

 
 

I try to babysit to get money,but now a days people are taking their children to daycares.So I can't get money and I really need it right now.Thats the issue I'm having right now.

by JASIME on 3/20/2010 9:45:57 PM

 
 

I know babysitting is hard work.I sometimes I babysit my sister and brother for about 20 mins.

by JASIME on 3/20/2010 9:33:00 PM

 
 

I live in a city and all of the people in my building don't have kids, so I don't really know where to go to ask people if they need any babysitting!
Any suggestions?
Thanks!

by citygirl423 on 3/20/2010 6:45:00 PM

 
 

MOD
Err.. Hi, I'm new and I'm not exactly sure how this is suppose to work.. Someone is suppose to answer if I post "MOD", right?.. Well, anyways:
I'm 12 almost 13 and have never babysat before, there are triplets across the street that I get along with well. Should I start with them? And also, do I need to take babysitting classes before I can actually babysit..? Thanks in advance!




Yeah, that is how it works. Some parents prefer if you take a Red Cross class but you don't have to. I think that would be a great place to start. 
Kayla C.

by NolaGranola on 3/19/2010 8:38:40 PM

 
 

Mod.. How old do you have to be to babysit?




I don't think there is really an exact age. I started around age 11, I think. It really just depends on what your parents are okay with, and what age the family (That you want to babysit for) is looking for. 
Kayla C.

by xxxEmilyxxx<3 on 3/18/2010 7:04:11 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have my first babysitting job in a couple weeks.im babysitting a 18month yr oldand his mom is the kind of person who never lets him out of her sight.ill be a like mothers helper and just keep the baby out of her hair.she still nurses him too.what do i do to keep him busy and suff like that?? please help!!!

 

hey girl! she will have things she WANTS you to do, but im sure there are tons of shows, movies, games, and books she wants him to do so ask her ahead of time if she has all the activities she wants for him or if theres something specific she suggests you bring. also, check out babysitting info on our site!

Hallie R.

by petuniagrace on 3/16/2010 3:08:37 PM

 
 

MOD,
I don't know CPR but ive like babysat befor. Is it bad that i'm babysitting and don't know how 2 save some1 if they're choking???????
L8r,
~ need 2 know it ?~




Hey girl, I do think you should try and take a CPR or red cross class as soon as you can. it's very imp that you know it in case there is any trouble while you're babysitting! =] 
Lauren R.

by lucy0208 on 3/15/2010 8:26:03 PM

 
 

My nieghbors once asked me to babysit like a year ago and I was only 10 so my parents did not let me. But now I can babysit but nobdys askin me!!!!! Frown

by lucy0208 on 3/15/2010 8:21:22 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD!!!!!!!!!!!


I WANT TO babysit but i dont have any family around me not even in the state! i put a flyer up at church alittle over a yr ago and told a few parents i would babysit but no calls. i even know th hiemlich manuver for babies and children/adults,same with CPR. why no calls?

by petuniagrace on 3/15/2010 3:43:09 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD i babysit my little sisters for my parents a lot. right now they dont pay me anything and they say ur payment is ur clothes and stuff like that. i would kinda like to start saving up money for a trip im takin with friends this summer, what do u think would be a fair price per hour seeing that they do buy most of my clothes and stuff thx =]




Hey girlie! Maybe you can ask them for some "allowance" for babysitting and doing some other chores. Explain that you're trying to be responsible and save up for this trip and maybe they'll consider! It's worth a shot! 
Kelli S.

by volleyballgirl2468 on 3/13/2010 10:25:25 PM

 
 

MOD
This weekend I'm going into the city with my Grandma to see my cousins. One is a preschool girl and the other is a toddler boy. We are gonna have soooo much fun together cuz I luv lil kids. Do you have any ideas to make it an extra special weekend/"sleepover"?

 

Try using our babysitting ideas!  You'll have to adjust them a little, but they are great tips on how to have fun with little kids! Smile

http://www.girlslife.com/hub/babysitters-club.aspx
Lauren C.

by LolaGranola on 3/12/2010 11:38:50 AM

 
 

MOD
i got asked to babysit this family with 2 girls
the mom said that one of them would just stay in their room all night, what do i do??
also are there any easy but fun activities for me to do with them, they're in elementary school and this is my first job...what do i do??

 

Hey girl,

Bring coloring books and games geared toward their age range.  Then, bring stuff to entertain yourself - a book to read, homework to do, etc.  You'll be fine!  And check out our babysitting tips on GL.com for even more ideas Smile

Lauren C.

by 4KAS on 3/9/2010 8:26:16 PM

 
 

This summer i was told that i get to start baby sitting my baby cousin do i need to bring anything with and i am eleven am i old enough

by doodlebug.98 on 3/8/2010 5:58:09 PM

 
 

MODMODMODMODMODMODMOD
i babysit these kids and one is a girl 2 and one is a boy 4
the boy can be left alone a room 4 a few minutes but the girl cant so wen i go 2 the bathroom i hav 2 take her with
so wen i go 2 the bathroom wen she hears me 'go' she goes in her pants
she is supposedly potty trained but she goes in her pants anyway! she wont go 2 the bathroom wen i tell her 2 go b4 me though so i need a way 2 hav us go at the same time UGH!
please help!
please dont say wat u told me b4 because i stay almost 12 hours sometimes!
this is wat u wrote
Hey girlie,
With kids that little, they must go to bed pretty early, right? Go to the bathroom right before you head over to babysit them, and try to hold it in until after they go to sleep.Be sure not to drink too much! This way, you won't need to have her in the bathroom with you.
again pleas domt say tht I NEED ADVICE PLEASE!
thnx

 


Hey girlie,

The two year old is awake for 12 hours straight? If so, let the parents know about this problem and ask them if they have diapers she could wear while you babysit.

Melissa H.

by needhelp on 3/8/2010 4:54:41 PM

 
 

I keep trying to take a babysitting class from the american red cross, but they wont answer my emails or phone calls. Should I go ahead and start babysitting wanyway? I've read A LOT of books about babystitting and surfed the internet, so i think i know my stuff, all excpet some first aid, like CPR

by Supergal33 on 3/6/2010 2:01:24 PM

 
 

LoL ppl always say i'm good with kids so maybe i'll try babysittin this summer
gotta make a few extra bucks Tong

by jojoyce_27 on 3/5/2010 3:37:44 PM

 
 

MODMODMODMODMODMODMOD
i babysit these kids and one is a girl 2 and one is a boy 4
the boy can be left alone a room 4 a few minutes but the girl cant so wen i go 2 the bathroom i hav 2 take her with
so wen i go 2 the bathroom wen she hears me 'go' she goes in her pants
she is supposedly potty trained but she goes in her pants anyway! she wont go 2 the bathroom wen i tell her 2 go b4 me though so i need a way 2 hav us go at the same time UGH!
please help!

 

 

Hey girlie, 

With kids that little, they must go to bed pretty early, right? Go to the bathroom right before you head over to babysit them, and try to hold it in until after they go to sleep.Be sure not to drink too much! This way, you won't need to have her in the bathroom with you.

Melissa H.

by needhelp on 3/5/2010 3:00:48 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
Okay, I have looked for stories or books for little kids so that way when I babysit I can read to them at bedtime and try to get them to sleep. I can't find anything good! I thought about writing my own but I don't know if the kids will like them. Any Ideas??? Thanks!!!!!
stixgirl




Hey girl, how about you make a story up with the kids? Get 'em involved and make the story together. That'll get 'em focused and allow 'em to stay in bed.

xoxo 
Alyssa B.

by stixgirl101 on 11/25/2009 9:22:07 PM

 
 

Total great advice im gonna be babysitting in 1 year! So thanks Katie!

by Randafanna2 on 11/16/2009 8:58:03 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
i really like this guy and he seems like he likes me, but everyone else says he doesn't cause they asked him, how do i find out?

 

Everyone else isn't always right. You should find out for yourself. Do so by asking him straight up. Be like, some people told me that you were saying you didn't like me, and I was wondering what happened since we barely know each other. Best,

Miliana B.

by Nickjonaslover14 on 11/8/2009 12:11:26 PM

 
 

oh yeah.. I usually do all of those things and now the family i sit for calls me the bbb... best babysitter on the block! so it works! xoxo

by luckyducky14 on 11/8/2009 9:57:18 AM

 
 

Hey new babysitting girls, i hav a few tips 4 you!HERE YOU GO: You should always try 2 arrive a few minutes early- maybe 5, but 10 might be pushing it. When you arrive early you can distract the kiddies while their parents get ready to go to wherever they're going without their kids getting in the way! Also bring some cool things from home that the kids will like to play with so that they don't get bored with their toys. And as soon as they kids go to bed wash the dishes and pick up whatever is out, even if you and the kids didn't get them out- you might get a few extra bucks and they will def want to call you back next time!
good luck! xoxoxoxoSmile

by luckyducky14 on 11/8/2009 9:55:01 AM

 
 

--------MOD----- How old do you have to be to be a mod? What do you have to do? Thanks, Micah

 

Hey girl, you have to be GL intern and there really is no age limit on the mods, at least that I know of. Basically we approve the comments that you guys post and answer the questions you ask us, it's that simple.

 

xoxo Olivia

Olivia A.

by micah365 on 11/5/2009 1:32:50 PM

 
 

-MOD- Hey I'm 11 and I'm really good with kids.Where do you take classes to babysit? What times might they be? I know a few people I might be able to babysit for but I would like to take classes first. Smile Thanks, Micah ♥

 

Hey girl! Look up some places in your town where they hold babysitting classes. Try the Red Cross or YMCA. They might be holding certain classes that you can look into!

-Taeler

Taeler L.

by micah365 on 11/5/2009 1:47:43 AM

 
 

mod help im really !!!! mature for my age .im 11 . ive been around small childern/babys and i know how to make a bottle use a stove/oven and change a diapers . i babysitt my nefew but my mom comes and shes more the babysitter . i want to start babysitting but my mom says im too young




Hey girl! Most people want their babysitters to be at least 13, so you might have to wait until then. Just keep on getting experience with your nephew and you'll be good to go.

xoxo

Liz 
Liz L.

by lapushgirl4ever on 11/4/2009 12:55:10 PM

 
 

Mod hey! I babysit for a group of kids (not relatied and boys and girls) I need some fun inexspensive games or crafts. I've tried your bookmarks on here. coloring sheets, and pictonary. And oh yeah paper bag puppets! Any ideas? oh and the amount of time we have is 1 hour! Plz help

 

Hey girl! Trying playing some fun acting games. Make some crafts with popsicle sticks or play some board games together. Have them make books or stories and then trade and read them to each other !

-Taeler

Taeler L.

by erichmo on 11/3/2009 7:49:10 PM

 
 

MOD please help
I'm just getting started with babysitting and i have a kinda different situation. There are these two kids that i'm supposed to babysit soon and i'm not sure i can handle it. One is 4 and the other one 2. and the problem is that they only speak french. I go to a french immersion school and speak french pretty fluently, but i'm really nervous. I've only babysat them once before but with my sister, and now she's too busy with work, i'm just sooo unsure about this situation.




Hey babe,

I think you'll be okay. since they're so young you probably don't need  that much french to talk to them. If you're really nervous talk to the parents and see if you can schedule an unpaid playdate with the kids while the parents are around so you can get some practice.

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by happy2bme on 10/28/2009 8:32:53 PM

 
 

omg. i haveto babysit my brother what do i DO!!!?

by laughdotcomxo on 10/27/2009 4:52:38 PM

 
 

Thanks for posting this!! Now i know where to start!!

by baby_girl567 on 10/19/2009 6:27:55 PM

 
 

MOD! I am 12 almost 13 and ive taken a corse on babysitting but it seems like nobody needs a sitter theese days. Also my mom thinks im too young. Any ideas?

 

Hey chica, yep getting any type of job these days is hard. But why don't you start with family. Ask some of your relatives who have young kids if they need a sitter. That's a good place to start because your family knows you best, so once they see you're a responisible babysitter, they can pass the word along to their friends, and you'll be in buisness. Smile

Lynae P.

by groovygoat on 10/18/2009 1:53:49 PM

 
 

MOD
I am 12, and want to start babysitting. But everytime someone has a babysitting job, they always give it to my older sis who is like, super sitter in our area. I've babysat before, just not very often. And I need a way to earn some dough. What's a good wayto start out babysitting?

 

Hey girl,

You should ask your sister if you can pick up some of hers.  Also if she's ever unavailable have her tell them to contact you.  You can also make fliers or business cards to distribute throughout the neighborhood.  This will show people that you're responsible and really interested in getting a job!


xoxo

Katarina E.

by daffyduck324 on 10/12/2009 12:54:09 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD
I have a married 25 year old sister who is pregnant. YAY! But I'm only 11 and my sister is very pick and everytime i mention babysitting she talk about other babysitters with my mom. HOW can i show my sister i am responsible enoguh that i can take care of the baby with a little help ofcourse?




Hey girl, 11's a little young for babysitting, so I can't blame your sis. Right now you'd be a way great mother's helper though, so start from there and show her how awesome you'll be so when you get old enough, she'll let you be her official babysitter. Don't take her convos personally right now -- most girls don't start babysitting until they're 13 or older. 

xoxo 
Alyssa B.

by chillipurry on 10/1/2009 6:53:24 PM

 
 

MOD
Help! I'm almost 13, and pretty mature for my age, and i think im ready to babysit after watching my friends little sisters (many, many times) and reading fro, GL. The problem is finding clients. I know you probably get this same questions millions of times, but word-of-mouth wont work because my parents works are far away and none of our family friends or anyone have young children. I would do flyers, but im not sure if dad would agree. What should i do? Thanks(:<3




Hey babe,

Talk to your dad about it and see what he says. He might be okay with it, or at least with you putting up fliers around your school or giving them to your teachers so that you know any clients you might get would be people that you can trust.

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by foreverohever on 9/30/2009 7:44:16 PM

 
 

I'm only 11 and I have my babysitting license but no one will hire me.I am the youngest child so I have no siblings to babysit. I have babysat my friends cousins with her.What should I do?

by sparkles333 on 9/10/2009 2:00:55 PM

 
 

Mod Mod Mod We were wondering if you knew how to start a babysitting buisness?

 

Hey missy, you should start by asking some of your friends to join. Come up with a name and start organizing all the info. Assign jobs to each person (who will answer phones, who will babysit, etc.) After that set up hours and pay for your babysitting group. Decide who works which nights and how much you will charge per hour or per kid. Next, create a flyer with all your babysitting contact info, (phone numbers you can be reached by, address, etc. ) and get the word out by mouth too. Tell your mom and family members to tell their friends who have kids. You should be in buisness in no time soon! Visit our babysitting page for anymore questions ya might have!

Lynae P.

by happy223 on 9/6/2009 12:59:48 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD
Me and my friend were just talking, is $15 per kid to much to charge people???!!!

 

Hey girl,

Def talk it over with the family. If it's $15 per kid, will that be per hour? Those sorts of questions are important to consider. Rates are rising but make sure you reach an agreement with the family too!


best,

Miliana


Miliana B.

by happy223 on 9/6/2009 12:51:44 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me and my bff want to start a babysitting buisness
and was wondering how to start out,can you help?

 

Hey girl, 

Def check out the tips we've got in our Babysitters section here: http://www.girlslife.com/category/getting-started2.aspx . Other than that, from my personal experience I have learned that it's so important to market your business in your neighborhood and to remain professional always. Best of luck to the two of you!


Best,

Miliana

Miliana B.

by happy223 on 9/6/2009 12:48:56 PM

 
 

thanks this really helps!!!

by kgirlpanda on 9/1/2009 6:56:51 PM

 
 

MOD!!!!!!
do you have any advice on babysitting babies or todlers(4 and under)?
girlies- if you have any advice on that subject please comment on my profile. Check Out my profile too!!!!




Hi Chica,




Play games with them. For babies try things like Peek-a-Boo, singing, dancing with the baby, or hiding stuffed animals throughout the house and looking for them with the baby. For toddlers, try coloring or playing hide and seek. 




xoxo Keltie 
Keltie E.

by RayGurl14 on 8/29/2009 2:54:48 PM

 
 

MOD!!!
i really wanna babysit but i dont know any family frids neighbors or kids that i could babysit! i dont wanna post flyers bkas my rents arent keen on the idea of giving out personal info to random people. please help! and is there any other ways to earn money?? (im 12)




Hi babe,




Have your parents ask around at work. They might have a coworker looking for a sitter. To earn a bit of cash see if your neighbors need someone to do odd jobs: pulling weeds, walking dogs, etc.




xoxo Keltie 
Keltie E.

by cheerleader_247 on 8/22/2009 4:20:48 PM

 
 

MOD!(: So, im a teenager whose been ready to babysit but i'm pretty busy. I'm really good with kids, close friends of my family had me almost watch their 5 kids. I would love to babysit but i don't know how to let people know! i had an idea of posting something at my church, but i don't even know how to suggest the idea or what to put on my flyer. Help?!

Hey girl. My suggestion would to be to start within your fam first. That way you can get a little experience under your belt. Then just post flyers offering your serivces, with contact info and how much you charge. Hope this helps! Mel

Melany T.

by Seeeena(: on 8/20/2009 12:51:22 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
I was planning on starting a baby sitting buisness with my friend, like you guys said. We were both going to go to red cross training today, but my parents both work, there is no one to take me, i lost my cell on vaca at my cousins house, and she still hasnt replied my email on the flyer that i made.
So here are my questions. 1: Do you need training to start babysitting? 2: How should we distribute our flyers? because the street i like on that has no kids besides my family. Door to door seems like the only way beacause i don't know if we have a community bulitten. Help ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Hey babe,


1. You don't need training, but it's REALLY helpful and parents will be glad you have it, especially parents who might want you use your business but don't know you personally.

2. You can put them in people's mailboxes. Even if they don't have kids, they might know someone who does!

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by queenoja on 8/4/2009 10:45:01 AM

 
 

HOW OLD DO U HAVE 2 B 2 BABYSITE

by teamjacob4ever on 7/30/2009 5:55:05 PM

 
 

I'm having a tough time getting gigs and I even took a babysitting class and first aid class for it! This helps but my parents don't know many people who have kids and don't have an older sib to watch them. I also love on a street with no other kids so hopefully putting up fliers will help.

by SoccerWarrior on 7/30/2009 5:14:37 PM

 
 

Thanks Cara T!!

by frostybunny9 on 7/28/2009 10:06:52 AM

 
 

MOD*MOD*MOD*
I found a mom who needs me to babysit, and I am just a beginner. I am taking a class this week and i am going to just watch the kids while the mom is home to get to know them. The only thing is that it's 2 boys and one is eight and one is six. I saw them when I met the mom and they looked kind of wild. Do you think I would be able to handle them alone with the mom gone?




Hey Girl, def! Just stress that your in charge for that time, and they can still get timeouts or lose privliges if they dont listen. *Cara T* 
Cara T.

by frostybunny9 on 7/27/2009 6:20:32 PM

 
 

Thnx 4 the tips.... I think these willl really help a lot( :

by taylorandk on 7/26/2009 1:53:22 PM

 
 

I love little kids soooo much but my mom doesnt think im mature enough to babysit yet, or stay home alone. How do I prove to her that I am mature enough? I know I would be able to handle anything, but lately i just don't think she believes in me. HELP!!!

by cmc143 on 7/22/2009 9:00:14 PM

 
 

I actually got my first gig from my neighbors daughter. Their babysitter's father fell off a water tower and the sitter had to be with him. They called and I said "Of course". He was a year old and I got paid a ton for such late notice.

by sarahrocker on 7/22/2009 5:24:30 PM

 
 

My Mom won't let me babysit =( Great tips though
~Peace Love Music!~

by MusicLover#1 on 7/22/2009 3:28:07 PM

 
 

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to the movies later with some friends and I just remembered one of them babysits her cousins too! Thanks again!

~ashpi512

by ashpi512 on 7/22/2009 2:23:18 PM

 
 

MOD--I'm going to be babysitting cousin's daughter (she's 2 years old) this Thursday. I've watched her while my mom was in the house, and my 5 year old cousin while my older brother was in the house, but this is my first time babysitting completely by myself and in someone else's house. I'm kinda nervous, and afriad she's going to get bored. Also, my cuz told me to name the price and I have absolutely no idea what to say. Help please?




Hey girl! I would suggest checking out the Babysitter's Club section of the GL site for tons and tons of articles, games, and advice about babysitting. You can check it out here: http://www.girlslife.com/hub/babysitters-club.aspx

As for your money issue, I would suggest talking to your friends who have babysat before and see how much they get paid. 

xx katy  
Katy J.

by ashpi512 on 7/22/2009 2:14:31 PM

 
 

MOD
how do u get more customers. i gave out flyers but theres no results. its been 3 months

 

next step sounds like parents: ask them if they have any ideas about a friend or person they know needing a babysitter!

Katie P.

by !miss kera baby! on 7/17/2009 4:39:28 PM

 
 

My parents won't let me babysit cause they think the parents will hurt me!! I'm SO mad!!

by pag53 on 7/11/2009 6:58:57 PM

 
 

a tip for beginners: On your first time babysitting for someone else, bring your mom or a friend that knows how to babysit just to show you what to do.

by gigglygirl121 on 7/8/2009 9:37:58 PM

 
 

MOD, should we take a babysitting class before we babysit?




Hey girl, you don't have to take a class but it def helps you! Plus, it looks really responsible and impressive to potential clients. Taking a class shows that you're committing to doing all you can to be prepared for a babysitting job, and that's awesome. ~Alexa 
alexa e.

by cats_r_the_best on 7/5/2009 10:14:45 AM

 
 

cool!!!!!!!!!!!

by jessie42 on 6/30/2009 9:32:08 AM

 
 

hey MOD,
i wanna start babysitting, but i don't know how to cook...even though i'm 14! will this be a problem?

 

Hey girl, it depends on the parents. Some will ask you to cook and some will just order something for you. It really depends. <3 Jeannie
Jeannie L.

by mikira on 6/28/2009 8:07:06 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
I want to babysit and I've been a helper b4 but I didn't get paid.My mom's friend has 2 year old twin boys.I help my Mamaw with babies(6 months-2 years old)at a daycare'and I love it but I still don't get paid.I'm 13(will be 14 in Nov.);am I too young???I want to make sure the parents trust me with little ones.I took the quiz on here and answered yes to all the questions.How much should I charge???? Thanks!!




Hey babe,

Talk to your family and family friends and see if they're looking for a babysitter first. Remind them about all your experience and ask what rate they think is fair. since they already trust you to help out, you have a good start. In the end it's going to be up to the parents to decide if you're old enough and what they should pay you. You can ask for a small amount to help out instead of more to babysit full-time too. It won't be as much money, but it'll help you get experience for when you're older, and making any money is always helpful! 

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by HHSTenor19 on 6/23/2009 11:46:20 AM

 
 

great idea but none of my comments are showing up

by tally-wa on 6/20/2009 9:15:52 PM

 
 

I NEED to know how to make a sitting card FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by LOVE CRAZY GIRL on 6/20/2009 3:21:51 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD Who should i ask to babysit for cuz there are alot of families with lil kids but i dont know the families! I actually never babysat anyone so if they ask who i babysat they might not want me to babysit for them. But my parents say im responsible. Please help and thanks Laughing

 

i would try any of the or all of them!  You never know till you try and you can prove your responsibility just by taking action!  If they ask if you've had babysitting experience, don't lie, but explain how prepared and excited are you to be babysittin their kid!

Brooke E.

by sad_girl on 6/19/2009 11:26:00 AM

 
 

MOD
how old should u be 2 start a sittin buisness? my mom wont even let me stay home alone! Help!!!!

 

Hey girl, there is no set age as long as you have the responsibility to do it and the parents trust you with their child. <3 Jeannie
Jeannie L.

by Madam Gir on 6/17/2009 8:36:15 PM

 
 

I'm starting to baby sit soon and I am really excited, thank you gl for the tips.<3

by beanerbelle15 on 6/12/2009 8:32:35 PM

 
 

mod mod mod mod mod mod mod mod mod!
my and my bgf made fliers for our neighbor saying that we can babysit (with mom there so like moms helper) and my bgf can do sports with the kids and yardwork we told them to call my bgfs house...that was like 2 days ago i think...is it bad that they havent called? we told them to call if they wanted us to help our not? if they havent called does it mean they dont want us to help?

 

Hey girl, calm down. It's going to take some time for someone to call. If someone really needs it they will call you. <3 Jeannie
Jeannie L.

by jobrosrlife on 6/10/2009 6:22:05 PM

 
 

i really want to babysit but my bff and her little sis get all of the jobs because their mom is a daycare provider. when neither of them can take the job i tell her she should have them consider me. but she just say the kid is really picky or doesnt like strangers or something like that and says they always have a back up. it annoys the crap out of me. my mom says she is just afraid they will like me better and ask me to babysit for them instead of her. my friend proved it when one of 'her' clients asked me if i was able to babysit sometime. i said i don't have anything to do (at all literaly) and when my bff found out she flipped and was like no way i was babysitting for them then. she has the whole town thinking that she is the only and best babysitter avalible! any advice on what should i do?

by MJtwl on 6/10/2009 2:01:18 PM

 
 

*MOD MOD MOD*
Im going to take a babysitting course soon with my friend. After that i dont know who to babysit other than this cute little girl i hardly know and my nextdoor neighbour but she alway has a adult around. Also my school year ends in one week so i cant put up fliers there. How can i get some more clients to babysit? Please help me!
-lauren♥













Hey Babes, Go to the neighbors house and just tell them youre a babysitter. They might want a weekend alone or something. Also, put up fliers at church or the local community center. xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by themostawesomestgurl on 6/9/2009 4:37:51 PM

 
 

MOD Ok i've looked at all the comments already posted and you guys give great advice. But, I think mine might be a little more complicated. My mom wants me to babysit and I want to also. But, my mom and dad don't know anyone I could babysit for and I have babysat with friends but other than that i've never babysat. I also haven't gone to any class. But, I'm VERY responsible and one of the best students in my class. I just can't find ANYONE to sit for. Plus my mom doesn't want to put fliers up. And it's really hard when ALL my friends have kids to sit for. And last..I REALLY need the money!!!!!!

by broadfoot103 on 6/9/2009 3:56:29 PM

 
 

mod<<<<<<>>>>>>
Okay so next week I am babysitting these two kids that go to my hebrew school for 9 hours (8-5) for the whole week (Monday through Friday.) I have babysat them before for the same amount of time but just for two days. Last time we got through the two days but this is a whole week and I don't know what I am going to do with them. (we are not allowed to go outside) I don't want them to be bored. What are some cool inside activities that I can do with them? Thanks sooooo much!!




Hey babe, check out all the great ideas here: http://www.girlslife.com/category/fun-stuff2.aspx 
katelin s.

by pupellie on 6/8/2009 10:32:41 PM

 
 

MOD- (or anyone!)
The kid I am babysitting is...well, violent. he is always taking this plastic sword and waving it all over the place. i dont think that's condsidered 'violent', but it makes me nervous that it's going to hit me...what should i do???










Hey Girl, I would bring this up to the parents immediately! He might be having a hard time adjusting without them and it's something they should know. xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by HappyRainbowChicken on 6/7/2009 10:28:58 PM

 
 

thanks should i let the mom c me with the kids first? my mom says she wont let me babysit r there ne other ways to show her that i am responsible?? should i talk to the ppl i wanna sit for face to face first or put flier in thier mailbox? thanks for all the advice <3 u rock!

by jobrosrlife on 6/7/2009 8:53:43 PM

 
 

how do i mention being a moms helper? should i do it when the kids r there? should i make fliers? how do i convince my mom to let me do all this? how do i mention doing being a helper when the nanny isnt there if i dont no when she works? thanks mod!

 

Hey girl, It doesn't really matter whether the kids are there or not. If you want to babysit, go ahead and tell the adults that you are interested. There's really no way of specifically doing it. Just go up and tell her that you would like to babysit someday. Also it says in the articale that if you can't get the word out, you should try making fliers. As for convincing your mom, you have to show her that you are responsible and willing to take on the challenges. When she asks you to help, do it. SHow her that you're ready. As for your last question, I'm not quite sure what you're referring to.  <3 Jeannie

Jeannie L.

by jobrosrlife on 6/7/2009 6:08:29 PM

 
 

srry Jeannie L im just freaking out lol srry again and ill post it again in one sec

srry again,
jobrosrlife

by jobrosrlife on 6/7/2009 6:06:53 PM

 
 

MODDDDDDDDD PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ HELPPPPP AND ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IM SOOO LIKE CONFUSED LOL

 

Hey girl, there's a slight back up on comments to MOD so we really ask for your patience. Also, I can't seem to find your comment so it would be great if you could post it up again. <3 Jeannie

Jeannie L.

by jobrosrlife on 6/7/2009 5:46:58 PM

 
 

how do i mention being a moms helper? should i do it when the kids r there? should i make flyers? idk wat to do plzzz help and giv me tips also how do i get my mom to let my babysit??
Jeannie L.

by jobrosrlife on 6/7/2009 5:41:48 PM

 
 

Also remember to ask about any allergies. Whether it's to food, animals, or fabrics/substances!!!! You REALLY don't want to have a kid go into anaphylactic shock while your babysitting!

by AdamLuvr on 6/7/2009 11:50:57 AM

 
 

okay im kinda nervous tho bc i havent met the 'rents...ive met the nanny....and what should i put on the flier? i no the kids well not the 'rents tho i never met them!!!! can i talk to them...show them how i am with their kids and THEN put a flier in their mailbox? my whole fam's gonna b there when i met the 'rents so idt it would b a good time....wat u think??? should the kids b there to tell their mom if they like me or no??? would that b bad if she says no? im trying to c if the nanny works the weekend...if she does should i not talk to the mom? HELPPP MOD!!!

by jobrosrlife on 6/6/2009 8:54:06 PM

 
 

okay im kinda nervous tho bc i havent met the 'rents...ive met the nanny....and what should i put on the flier? i no the kids well not the 'rents tho i never met them!!!! can i talk to them...show them how i am with their kids and THEN put a flier in their mailbox? my whole fam's gonna b there when i met the 'rents so idt it would b a good time....wat u think??? should the kids b there to tell their mom if they like me or no??? would that b bad if she says no? im trying to c if the nanny works the weekend...if she does should i not talk to the mom?

by jobrosrlife on 6/6/2009 8:44:07 PM

 
 

thanks mod that rly helps!! just a few ?s....idk if they no a bunch of ppl they just moved here (idk where from) so they mite not no ne 1....should i put a flier in their mailbox??? should i say when the nanny isnt there??? should i ask after she sees me with the kids??? i sometimes go ovr to play and they came to my house just so say hi!! should i ask after i go to their house to meet them and say hi to the girls so she sees how they like me or no? should the kids b there when i ask or does it not matter??

 

definitely talk face to face first, and maybe give them your flier in person. ask anytime you feel comfortable--sounds like they already know you pretty well!

Katie P.

by jobrosrlife on 6/6/2009 8:26:15 PM

 
 

how do i talk to my neighbors about being a moms helper to start? i LOVE their kids and i havent met the 'rents yet ( they moved in a week ago) but my fam is meeting them 2moro and i wanna mention something..ik the house rly well bc my bff lived there and i think im a good potential babysitter when i get to be 12 (october) and they hav a nanny weekdays during the day should i try for later at nite or weekends??? HELP MOD!!! THANKS!

 

start by asking them if they need any help! that's a great way to show you're interested. if they don't, ask if they know of any other families that could use a moms helper. families are great at networking like that!

Katie P.

by jobrosrlife on 6/6/2009 8:08:35 PM

 
 

MOD*****

thanks!! that rly helps! now im jw how i offer to be a moms helper...idk like im super responsible and all my bffs babysit! i feel rly left out 2!! also they have a nanny that works on skool days but doesnt work on weekends and late at nite idt...how should i get arund that!! thanks! <3, jobrosrlife

by jobrosrlife on 6/6/2009 4:21:31 PM

 
 

thanks!! that rly helps! now im jw how i offer to be a moms helper...idk like im super responsible and all my bffs babysit! i feel rly left out 2!! also they have a nanny that works on skool days but doesnt work on weekends and late at nite idt...how should i get arund that!! thanks! <3, jobrosrlife

by jobrosrlife on 6/6/2009 3:40:15 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD!!! the other day my bgf took me to meet our new neighbors they were soooo cute and i rly wanna babysit them!! however, they hav another neighbor who is a junior and they will prob ask her how to i get it so that maybe they would let me babysit...also im 11 and my mom thinks thats too young to sit but i hav a baby bro, cuz, and like friends siblings and i no how to take care of them how do i get it so she lets me babysit!? should i start by being a moms helper where i go and help with the kids but not alone..like when the moms home?? i think i would make a awesome babysitter if i had permission!! HELP!!!




Hey babe! 

A lot of parents are super protective of their kiddies and so they tend to want older girls to babysit. It doesn't mean you wouldn't be a great babysitter, it's just that parents just tend to want older gals. Definitely offer to be a mother's helper! The moms will get to see in action how great you are with the kids so they'll be more likely to hire you in the future as a babysitter when you're just a tiny bit older. 

<3 Katy 
Katy J.

by jobrosrlife on 6/6/2009 9:02:44 AM

 
 

THOSE REALLY HELPED ME I TRY THEM OUT NEXT TIME THANKS!!!!!!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

by JADAPENSTATE111 on 6/5/2009 9:31:56 AM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD
I've been thinking about starting to babysit for awile but I dont know if I'm old enough. I'm 11 1/2 and in sixth grade. Everyone always says I act older than I am. Am I old enough to babysit??? Will family care???

 

 

you are old enough, go for it...

Sherryn D.

by geckoo on 5/28/2009 9:20:41 PM

 
 

my mom is obsessive she says that if i want to babysit the kids hav to be brought to our house gosh she is anoying some times

by iwishicouldbabysit on 5/24/2009 3:13:23 PM

 
 

I am Red Cross certified to babysit but I have'nt got any business yet! Iam 11 is that too young??? Help me MOD!

 

 

Hey, girl. 11 years old does sound a little young to babysit. But now that you're certified you'll be set for all the years of babysitting to come! Dont worry- you'll have plenty of business soon enough!

 xoxo, Hilly

Jiae K.

by clairedancergirl on 5/22/2009 3:26:49 PM

 
 

Really Helped Me! Thnks! I am now a certified babysitter. Yea!

by miss_nerdie on 5/19/2009 7:46:28 AM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD!!!
I am 11 (12 in july) and really need to make money. If I make enough cash my parents will look into private lessons for basketball, which is something I really, really want (plus it will help since next year is 7th and I have (want) to be in varsiy) Am I to young to go into babysitting? What other way could I make some mula?



















Hey Girl, I would go ahead and try babysitting. Also, ask some of the girlies on the site how they make cash for tips. xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by smilewhenyoursad on 5/14/2009 10:20:08 PM

 
 

MOD-my principal had asked my mom if i could babysit for her 2 year old a couple months ago. my mom never told her i could and she never asked about it ever again. i really want this job, it would be my first one. wat should i do???

 

Have a talk with your mom, tell her what you are telling me and say that you would save that money for the future.<3 Sherryn D.

Sherryn D.

by Bridgge2010 on 5/12/2009 10:01:18 PM

 
 

Thanks MOD! Sorry one more thing,where should i post fliers? I'm not allowed to put them in places like church, grocery store, etc










Hey Girl, Sure youre not allowed to put them now with a phone number... but with an email address your folks might let you put them in those kinds of places. Thats the point of having a non-personal means of communication... xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by animalluver44 on 5/10/2009 11:07:11 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD
I really am anxious to start babysitting because I love little kids!! I put a flyer in my neighbor's mailbox. But I don't now where else to put them. My parents won't let me hang it up. Frown But I keep telling them that I worked so hard on it!! So 2 questions: 1. Where should I hang up the fliers (I don't know any daycares around me and I can't hang them up in the grocery store.) 2. My parents are saying that babysitting is a great idea but whenever I say I am going to put up fliers around our neighborhood, they say "oh, we'll have to talk about it." How can I get them to be more open for me to hang out fliers? Why are they so hesitant? I am 13 years old btw.










Hey Babes, Why not put an email address on it instead of a phone number. Make a personal email JUST for use for babysitting. This way your folks can feel a lil safer. xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by animalluver44 on 5/10/2009 10:31:28 PM

 
 

MODMOD I really don't know anyone who's an age where i could babysit them, but i love little kids. Where's a safe place to put up a flyer? (not church)

Try daycares or local grocery stores. -lauren

Lauren H.

by luvcatjackollie on 5/10/2009 2:54:52 PM

 
 

MOD
I really want to start sitting but I'm not sure if I should. I feel ready and I'm pretty sure my 'rents woud let me but whenever I think about it, I think about all these A&E/truTV shows where something happens to the kid and the sitter gets unrightfully blamed. It makes me really nervous. Help?

 

Hey girl! Don't worry. Those things are very rare occurrences.

JESS H.

by ambersoars on 5/2/2009 9:42:44 PM

 
 

MOD
ok i think i already know the answer but just to make sure what are the ages when u can start babysitting???







Hey Babes, I think its different for everyone. Depends on when you feel ready and have a lil experience. xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by cutieme03 on 4/26/2009 9:41:07 PM

 
 

-Mod-mod-mod-mod-mod-mod-mod-mod-mod-mod-mod- Help me!!!! My friends and I are starting babysitting togeather. We don't know how much to pay or how to split the money to all three of us! HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!

Hey girl, right now it's pretty standard to ask for 7-8 dollars per hour.  Then, you can just split the money evenly between everyone. -lauren

Lauren H.

by disneylover22 on 4/26/2009 2:07:23 PM

 
 

With calling the parents if the kids are crazy, remember being crazy with a babysitter yourself? Yeah, we've all been crazy at least once in our life time. Maybe you broke something and they couldn't get you to calm down so they could clean it up. Or maybe you wanted to play with something and your sibling was, so you were yelling and throwing a fit for pretty much no good reason. All I'm trying to say, is everybody is crazy once and a while. So it's okay if these kids are a little nuts.

Still, it could get a little nuts, really bad nuts, too. THEN you call the parents.

by MathGirl98 on 4/25/2009 2:54:42 PM

 
 

MOD!!!
I was supposed to baby sit for these 2 twins who's Mom is like my Mom's bff and it was perfect! When they turn 5 I will be 15! it was supream!... that is... till they moved.. ACROSS THE COUNTRY... Now 2 little boys have moved in, I am planning on babysitting for them but idk how to ask them if I could? I know the house cause My BFF when I was 5 lived there then she moved and My Mom's BFF moved there and I went to babysit, and now 2 toddler boys moved there so Im and EXPERT on this house! I just need help breaking the ice! PLEASE HELP!



















Hey Girl, Go over with yoru family to say hi and casually mention that you know the house so well. Then let them know that if they need a night off from unpacking and moving in, you'd be happy to babysit. xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by sparklejessi on 4/23/2009 11:02:09 PM

 
 

*MOD*
I'm 12 years old and want to start babysitting. there's this place by the park were a lot of people go by and walk dogs and stuff. well... i was thinking about putting some flyers there but what kind of stuff should be on the flyers without giving away that much info about myself.

Just put your first name and a phone number.  Say that you're responsible too! -lauren
Lauren H.

by runlover on 4/19/2009 2:08:05 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
I've never been babysitting alone before, and now I'm booked for Saturday night. I'm super excited, but the only thing is that there are 3 kids. I've known family for ages, and they are really well-behaved kids. Also, I've been there baysitting with my sister before, and have visited their house multiple times. But I'm still kind of scared. I'm a licenced babysitter, but I'm worried that I'll forgot how to do important things like, CPR or stuff like that. Please help me!




Hey babe, there's nothing to be worried about. Just make sure you ask the 'rents all the important questions before they go and have your 'rents on stand-by in case you need to call and ask any questions. Be confident, you'll do just fine! 
katelin s.

by demi :) on 4/15/2009 7:59:26 PM

 
 

MOD!! Thanks for responding!!

by softballmk12 on 4/15/2009 5:29:19 PM

 
 

MOD! MOD! MOD!
OK! I have only babysat once for a ex-boyfriends little sister. Well actually we weren't goin out at the time but like my 'rents and his 'rents have been friends for like 4 years. The we started going out. I only babysat for 2 hours while Sherri (the mom) went to a PTO meeting. i really want to babysit more people but i dont want to like make posters cuz my mom is a princepal and like most of the town knows us. It would just be to embarressing. What should I do. Cuz I want to get paid and like my moms friends have kids like around my age or a year younger. Im 12!! and they have older siblings that could babysit them. What should I do?? Sorry it's so long!! Frown PLEASE HELP!!!




Hey Girl- If I were you I wouldn't worry about it being "embarassing."  If you wanna get the business, you have to let people know you're out there, and what better way than with flyers.  Hang them around for a bit, and if you don't get any calls, you can always take them down.<3Ash 
ashley b.

by softballmk12 on 4/15/2009 2:08:10 PM

 
 

That was some good advice. Becuase i always wanted to babysit. The advice i just got could help me kik off my babysitting biz. I have some frineds in mind. When my mom was teen she did babysitting so i can advice from her

by suitemack on 4/14/2009 3:54:59 PM

 
 

oh and i need the cash

by yesley on 4/10/2009 2:04:22 AM

 
 

i don't really know any really little kids that need baby-sat but i really want to babysit because when i'm around my baby cousins in new jersey my aunt says that i would be a really good babysitter

by yesley on 4/10/2009 2:03:03 AM

 
 

What does MOD mean?

 

Mods "moderate" the blog. We approve (or don't) and answer all of the comments you girls write on the Web site.

katelin s.

by Sparkleey on 4/6/2009 11:41:58 AM

 
 

How old should you be to baby sit? I am nine and want to baby sit. I makes me want to have a little brother or sister. Im an only child. :-(

 

Hey girl, 9 might still be a little young for most parents to agree to. Maybe you can start going with an older friend or relative when she babysits just to see what it entails. Plus, I'm sure she'd appreciate the help!

katelin s.

by Sparkleey on 4/6/2009 11:40:26 AM

 
 

I love babysitting!!! I babysit for this cute girl she loves to play playdough try playing restaraunt with playdough she loves it!!!

by Rylee321 on 4/4/2009 4:14:19 PM

 
 

mod*mod*mod*mod*
I havent babysat for anyone other than family and i am now making fliers to put round the neighboorhood (givin them to ppl only my rents know ) and the fliers r for babysitting and tutoring but i have no idea what to write on the fliers , i have had experience babysitting and i have a rly high gpa should i put that on their ? anything else you can think of ?
thank you soo much
xoxoxo










Hey Girl, Include a way for them to contact you, go ahead and put that you're an experience babysitter and any babysitting skills you have (diapers, homework helper, first aid). xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by batonluvr13 on 4/2/2009 9:39:16 PM

 
 

I'm 11 and my mom think that i'm to young to babysit. any other ways to earn money?

by shortney on 3/25/2009 7:37:34 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD
y is it better to hand out flyers instead of hanging them up? would i seem to desperate for money if i went up and asked them? my mom talks to a lot of people in my church. would it help if she talked to people? thanks




It's better because the person actually gets to see the person that will be babysitting their kids and you can make great conversation by handing out flyers. Your mother helping you out is a great idea.  
Paulette W.

by runrunrun on 3/22/2009 12:20:50 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD,
i used to babysit for a family, but they don't hire m anymore. there r some little kids in my neighbor hood but i don't know if they want me or need a sitter. also there are tons of small children in my church. would kids my age make fun of me for putting up a flyer? i am very well known at the church, but have never babysat any of the childern. any ideas to help me get a gig? THANKS




 I would just walk up to and ask people in the church if they need a babysitter next weekend like after church service. You could say you are babysitting to learn about responsibility and someone should def offer. Flyers are a great idea, but I would hand them to people and not post them up. 
Paulette W.

by runrunrun on 3/22/2009 12:11:08 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD!! Okay, I love to babysit and help my mom at her work (she is a preschool teacher) but lately I've been waning children of my own. I mean, I won't do anything with a dude, just a child. I'm really good with them and they love me. And I've been taking care of my yougest sibs (6 & 7). Any help?




Hey babe, kids are a lot of responsibility as I'm sure you know! Just enjoy being young yourself. Have fun watching and playing with other people's kids. When you're much older and ready you'll have had great practice for your own!
katelin s.

by Angel-Baby on 3/20/2009 12:02:35 PM

 
 

OK...well this lady asked me for my # (i no her pretty well like 4 at least 2 years...) i gave it to her about 2 1/2 months ago...she still hasn't asked me 2 do anything...she says she likes me a lot and i'm great with her kids... wat does this mean??? -thanx! =]

 

Hey babe, maybe she just hasn't need ya yet. I'm sure she'll keep you in mind next time she needs a sitter!

katelin s.

by bubblebaby97 on 3/18/2009 5:50:24 PM

 
 

i so love kids they all ways laugh and giggel around me its sooo cool i love it

by jujuju on 3/18/2009 3:49:15 PM

 
 

TIP!!!!!!

If the kid you sit for on a regular basis will NOT go to bed? Dont quit sitting for that family just set their clocks 1 hour or 30 minutes later so when its 8:00 and time for bed the clock will say 9:00 so when the clock says 8:00 (its really 7:00) you can say BEDTIME! and if they freak you have an hour before they really have to be in bed! (Dont try this on older kids cause it will not work cause they are smart) PS: SET BACK THE CLOCKS WHEN YOUR DONE!!!

by sparklejessi on 3/17/2009 5:51:53 PM

 
 

Should I babysit with a friend?

by WoodenGuitar42 on 3/16/2009 7:27:11 PM

 
 

MOD I really don't know anyone who's an age where i could babysit them, but i love little kids. Where's a safe place to put up a flyer? (not church)

 

Hey girl! Put them in your neighbors' mailboxes or in local businesses that you visit a lot.

Jess H.

by luvcatjackollie on 3/16/2009 5:37:28 PM

 
 

Thanks for the tips! I want to start raising money for a big summer trip, but I'm only 12. Frown This is sure to help!

by jenn06807 on 3/16/2009 5:28:03 PM

 
 

Thanks a lot for the advice Smile

by DancinL on 3/15/2009 8:32:00 PM

 
 

what does "MOD" stand for?

by footloosegirl on 3/15/2009 7:20:51 PM

 
 

Hey Mod, I really really really REALLY want to babysit but my parents wont let me I'm 12 years old turning 13 in a couple of months. My parents say they'll let me babysit if I can find someone to baby sit but they won't let me babysit strangers. I can't babysit family either because all my family's older than me. What should I do??

 

 

 

Hey Chickie,

 

 

Ask your parents if they can help you find some people to babysit for, a co-worker or some neighbors.  This way they're involved and they'll feel more comfortable with you working.

 

 

XO Lori

lori S.

by DancinL on 3/15/2009 7:20:07 PM

 
 

I really don't know anyone who's an age where i could babysit them, but i love little kids. Where's a safe place to put up a flyer? (not church)

by luvcatjackollie on 3/15/2009 6:21:19 PM

 
 

I've stayed home alone for a few hours but its a little scary is it easier with other kids around??

by GymGirl003 on 3/15/2009 2:28:55 PM

 
 

~*~*~*~~*~*~*~moderator- right now im babysitting my 9 month nephew. and i dont know what to do hes pretty good. but i wanna put him to sleep (go to bed) idk how to.... he wont ever.... any ides?? Smile

Hey girl, try playing with him for a while to get him tired first. -lauren

Lauren H.

by mluver17 on 3/15/2009 2:19:15 PM

 
 

Mod,
I need help. Ever since my neighbors moved out,( who had the kids I used to babysit) no one on my street has asked me to babysit. I asked my family if they needed a baby sitter or know somebody that needs one and they said no. How do I get someone to ask me? I really miss babysitting!
Thanks!




Hey girl! Try making up flyers and putting them in mailboxes around your neighborhood and hanging them in local businesses.
Jess H.

by aubrey31 on 3/13/2009 11:54:33 AM

 
 

i started babysitting in january every thursday, 2 hours for $10. i already saved up $206 in the bank (she tips sometimes). ten bucks doesnt sound like much but charge not very much. good luck! <333

by volley_doxie on 3/12/2009 6:12:23 PM

 
 

Thanks so much for the tips!!

by queenbee37 on 3/8/2009 2:19:57 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD
I am babysitting my crazy cousins in 2 days, and I need some serious tips on babysitting!!!!!!!
Thay are all different ages one is reallly young, another is 1 year younger than me and the other is in 2nd grade. HELPPPP!!!

hey girl, try watching movies or playing games.  They are used to being together all the time, so doing the same thing won't be weird for them. -lauren
Lauren H.

by queenbee37 on 3/8/2009 2:04:32 PM

 
 

THnX! i REALLY NEED SOME MONEY.

by #1 student on 3/8/2009 12:15:09 PM

 
 

thanks because i am turnung 12 in a month

by bballer51 on 3/8/2009 11:48:54 AM

 
 

mod mod mod i am 11 and have only babysat for my brothers am i to young

Most parents want the babysitter to be at least 12 years old.  For now I would just get a lot of practice with your younger brothers so that people know that you can handle watching their kids when you're a bit older. -lauren
Lauren H.

by bballer51 on 3/7/2009 9:23:45 PM

 
 

omg that helps sooo much:]]
i hope i can get a gig
♥♥

by irishdolphin13 on 3/6/2009 6:22:58 PM

 
 

*MOD*
What are all the course I should take for babysitting cuz i took one (american red cross?) and i want to look better for all my clients. im volenteering at the hospital dring the summer so ill be able to take classes there but i want to know which ones. Please and thank you!
xoxo, Katie




Hey babe, check with your local library or Y. Sometimes they offer babysitting classes.
katelin s.

by coolestsis on 3/4/2009 5:58:57 PM

 
 

I have only babysat my little cousins and my moms friend's little kids. Once I take the course I am going to babysit more. I have been lucky my cousins and the other kids are angels[=

by xxalyssa96xx on 3/3/2009 5:06:10 PM

 
 

yay my first job is 2day!!!


by sparkle1365 on 3/1/2009 8:03:46 AM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD
What do you think is the best way to get babysitting "clients"??????/










Hey girl, Make fliers, go door-to-door introducing yourself, and put up an announcement at the local bulletin board (supermarket or community center, etc...) xo Annemarie
Annemarie D.

by raindropz on 3/1/2009 12:26:18 AM

 
 

Im actually babysitting tonight and im really excited but there wild childs but ohhhhh well!!

by bluegirl_14 on 2/27/2009 2:56:00 PM

 
 

MOD!!
Tomorrow night i am babysitting for the first time...I have babysat for some close friend but just for like an hour during the day but i dont really know the kids im watching tomorrow and its going to be late when the parents get home. I have taken the babysitting course and basic first aid but i am still pretty nervous. Do you have any sugestions or links that would help me be more confident?? Thank <33
















Hey girl, Don't be nervous! You're gunna do fine. Here are a few links that might help. xo Annemarie

http://www.girlslife.com/post/2009/02/20/babysitting-beginners-start.aspx

http://www.girlslife.com/post/2008/08/03/Babysitting-Hub-Questionnaire.aspx

http://www.girlslife.com/post/2009/02/09/Cool-Calendars-Crafts.aspx
Annemarie D.

by fieldhockeyluver11 on 2/26/2009 6:01:51 PM

 
 

i am going to take a babysitting class because i love love love kids!

by ilovegiraffes45 on 2/24/2009 8:53:09 PM

 
 

i am going to make a website for babysitters!!!!!!! i will try to post back asap, but you never know!

by boyloveer12 on 2/24/2009 8:19:57 PM

 
 

My best friend and I might be making or own buissenss together! I'm so excited! We get to make money and be together at the same time! Plus, we'll be with kids! 3/3 are awesome!

by tinkcnv on 2/24/2009 7:08:54 PM

 
 

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by nicegirl4509 on 2/24/2009 4:48:25 PM

 
 

what have have a friend and she wont to star the babyseting with you but you dont wont her to \

by nicegirl4509 on 2/24/2009 4:47:52 PM

 
 

love it

by boomerbubbles17 on 2/23/2009 11:25:36 PM

 
 

hey come comment on my profile!!!!!!!!!!

by twilight lover98 on 2/23/2009 10:35:05 PM

 
 

I have to babysit my little sis EVERY DAY. It gets annoying sometimes, because I have to miss going to friends houses and stuff because I have to watch her.

by Miss~America on 2/23/2009 7:43:19 PM

 
 

I took a babysitting class at my school last year. It helped me a lot but I still have'nt started out yet :/

by happyfun111 on 2/23/2009 7:40:43 PM

 
 

this helped sooo much!!!

by raerae14 on 2/23/2009 9:29:01 AM

 
 

This helped soooo much!!!

by raerae14 on 2/23/2009 9:28:15 AM

 
 

One problem, my parents don't let me talk to any of my neighbors cuz they don't like them- they're all college kids and like to have wild parties. And we don't have family friends either, and my parents don't have any colleagues since they own their own business. Basically, I don't know anybody. How do I get a gig?

by supergirllala on 2/22/2009 7:54:10 PM

 
 

Dear Moderator
i read a comment above about modeling. i am 12 years old, turning 13 in a month. i would love to model for Gl. who do ask or call and does it matter where u live? i live in Tennessee. thanx so much!



















Hey babes, Check this out, okay? xo Annemarie

http://www.girlslife.com/page/Model-for-GL.aspx


Annemarie D.

by ellyelephant101 on 2/22/2009 7:42:49 PM

 
 

i've babysitted before, and its fun (depending on the kid though lol) But these are still great tips!

check out my profile!
Smile

by beachgirl96 on 2/22/2009 6:44:14 PM

 
 

thanks for the blog, gl!! ive babysat tons b4, but this gives good tips 2 newbies!

by converse_luv_4ever on 2/22/2009 5:38:16 PM

 
 

i babysit a three year old, and hes just hitting the terriable twos. (late bloomer. lol) its not always fun. at all. but what i learned is that when the kid is acting up, i pick him up and sit him in his "time out chair" the kid TOTALLY stops! i just make sure to hug him after so that he knows im not mad. then i stick an elmo dvd in and he doesnt make a peep until the movie is over. magic!

by irishdancingfool17 on 2/22/2009 3:13:06 PM

 
 

Here`s some other good tips!!
*Always ask if the kids have any alergies.
*Check on sleeping children like every 30 min.
*Check on awake children like every 5 or 10 min.(it seems like a lot, but it takes like 2 secs for a kid to get hurt or get into something) And if ur babysitting younger kids keep them in sight at all times.
*Never leave a little kid in the bathroom unsupervised(sounds weird, but u never know what a kid will do in the bathroom!)
*Don`t be too bossy!! Remember u ARE the boss but u can still play with them!! Trust me, if u play with them, they`ll give u a better report to the rents!!
Hope these help!!

by jendolphingirl on 2/22/2009 1:59:50 PM

 
 

MOD-My friend and I design greeting cards, but we don't know where and who to sell them to. Any advice?

 

Market them, get a website and sell them off. Also go to yard sales, fairs, etc and sell them there.<3 Sherryn D.

Sherryn D.

by lipgloss93 on 2/22/2009 12:09:39 PM

 
 

MOD MOD im going to be 13 in July i really want to babysit so i can earn money (moneys tight for me right now) i live on a private drive and there are no kids on it what should i do to get my buisness going my mom said i was aloud to start babysitting please help me!!!

 

Network like crazy, ask your parents if they know anyone that needs a babysitter. You can even ask your parents to drop you off and pick up from the places you baby sit too.<3 Sherryn D.

Sherryn D.

by twilightseriesluvr on 2/22/2009 11:46:44 AM

 
 

Nice advice thanks GL!

by volleychick879 on 2/22/2009 10:49:41 AM

 
 

MOD- So I went to this sleepover last night with 5 other girls. But at like 1 or so we decided to go to bed because we were going to get up early, so anyway. My friend woke me up and was like "I feel sick" and I was missin' home and not feelin' so hot. So I said that I did too and we decided to call our parents because we didn't want to sit there the whole night wishing it was the next day so my mom came and picked us up and then we dropped my friend off at her house. My parents weren't mad but I am kind of embarassed I did that. Should I be embarassed? Does this happen to a lot of people? Thanks! Sorry this is so long!

 

Don't feel embarrased, it takes awhile to sleep at someone elses home. Just keep doing more sleep overs and eventually it will all fall into place.<3 Sherryn D.

Sherryn D.

by volleychick879 on 2/22/2009 10:44:40 AM

 
 

MOD-MOD-MOD
Hey,
I really want to start babysitting for extra cash and i think i will do well cause i've done it before with some cousins & im great with kids. the only problem is i dont have any gigs, and i can't babysit relatives & family friends cause they already do it themselves & my mom says that even if i do babysit them, i can't charge them because its not nice since they are close family & friends.
how do i get gigs that i can actually get paid for?
Thankyou!

 

 

Hey babe,

     Baby sit them for experience, make business cards and tell the people you babysit for free to refer you to their other friends, co-workers, etc. Their friends, etc will most likely pay you.<3 Sherryn D.

Sherryn D.

by daad13 on 2/22/2009 10:31:19 AM

 
 

about calling the parents, before they leave, and not in front of the kids, ask them if it's okay for the kid(s) to call to say goodnight if they want to. that way the parents will be expecting a call, and u can also give a little report, "timmy ate well and is getting ready for bed. Have fun, see you at ten thirty!" or something like that

by dolphina10 on 2/22/2009 10:18:30 AM

 
 

*MOD*
Okay,so i have to clean my room what are some ways i could start cleaning it and like make me want to keep cleaning it and not throw everything in the closet? Also i want purple highlights and my mom said it was fine and so we went to go get them and we were gettin them from hot topic and then she read the bottle and it said it culd make me go blind if i got it in my eye so we ended up not buyng them! She said she would take me to a professionaal to get them done, the sitch is, i dont want to get them done by a pro, cuz what if i didnt like them? and the one from hot toopic was demi permanent which means they would come out in about 7 weeks so tht is why i really want those ones... and also i want to get my cartilage pierced, my mom, i havent convinced her, im an only child too, so she may not want me to grow up,(im 12 and a half) and when i ask for a reason she says i said no and i get all po'd, so yeah and my moms boy firend said he was alright with it, i am even willing to pay for it! and i told her tht he would take me but she still says no! ugh! im really mad at my mom! URGH! UGH! ugh! oh and the link you gadve me for the modeling for gl thing it says "oops" and then tht i should check out gl new site and stuff so can u help me out????? Thankx once again!

 

Whoa babe, you have alot of questions, lol.. Try to get containers with compartments with it to store stuff that you don't want to throw away. Also, get your hair dyed professionally at a nice salon to prevent any funny stuff from happening. Next, and maybe you shoudl wait to get your cartilage pierced. I've pierced ears before and I know you can easily get that area infected if it's not properly cared for. wait till you are older and when you can deal with that. Lastly, try this site 


 

http://www.girlslife.com/page/contact.aspx

 Good luck, whew! I hope this helps Smile <3 Sherryn D.

Sherryn D.

by HEDG3HOG_LOV3R on 2/21/2009 10:11:37 PM

 
 

MOD- Ok so I really would like to do model for GL, but 1 little prob,i have ptosis(lazy eyelid) and i am very self conscieus about it, and if i did send in a pic and they notice it would they not accept me? and if they didnt if i got surgery would i be able to send in another pic??? And also about the "straight forward" pic of you to send in, does tht mean straight forward,or like no makeup????? Plus like if i was accepted how would i kno? and would i have to go to Tennessse or wherever the modelng place is???? and how would i know if i was accepted? Please answer, and thanks!

 Hey babe,


  Take a chance, you have nothing to lose. Try contacting this site to ask to model<3 Sherryn D.


 http://www.girlslife.com/page/contact.aspx Sherryn D.

by HEDG3HOG_LOV3R on 2/21/2009 9:19:19 PM

 
 

I babysit my nephew and neice all the time and my nephew just started the phase of wanting his mom when he goes to bed...i just rock him or if it gets too late i lay down in my bed (since thier room is shared with me)and eventually he will go to sleep...having a picture of his mom really helps him.

by LesliePowers on 2/21/2009 8:27:20 PM

 
 

ive never babysat actual kids but ive babysat dogs. those are pretty easy. when im gonna babysit kids ill probably take them outside and let them plays so they get tuckered out and go to sleep early! PLEASE CHECK OUT MY PROFILE! IM HOLDING A CONTEST TO SEE WHO CAN BE THE NEXT COMMENT! SO COMMENT NOW!

by roosoccer96 on 2/21/2009 7:28:22 PM

 
 

I'm babysitting for the 1st time tomorrow, thanks for the tips

by dawningbeauty on 2/21/2009 6:03:32 PM

 
 

MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD!!! Hey! I have a dilema... I always have my friends over, but they never invite me over! It makes me feel like my friends don't really like me, I know that's not thrus though. What should I do? I don't really wanna ask, "Hey, can I come to your house?!?" that's rude. Thanks in advance!

 

 

 

 

hey Girl, That can be a little awkward, just say something like "my mom wont let us hang out at my place this weekend, why dont we do/go somewhere else?"*Cara T*

Cara T.

by swingchiorluvr on 2/21/2009 5:52:21 PM

 
 

Thanks..That was super helpful I have a babysitting class tomorrow on basic first aid!
-Bella

by hoops4eva on 2/21/2009 4:45:46 PM

 
 

I really wanna try to babysit, i luv kids! Laughing

by Craziestgirluevermet on 2/21/2009 4:01:00 PM

 
 

tip about babysitting: try to make going to bed fun! pretend that you are the head director of a train and use the bathroom and any where else the kids need to go to before they go to bed as the stations!

by kata8888 on 2/21/2009 2:16:10 PM

 
 

Haha. I don't think I could babysit. I hate little kids. One of them would probably be murdered before the end of the night... ;)

by 61gymnast on 2/21/2009 2:02:05 PM

 
 

I've never babysat before so this is really helpful.

by band_girl on 2/21/2009 1:35:26 PM

 
 

I love kids! Smile
4comment about 2 post fliers

by smilingisfun on 2/21/2009 1:05:48 PM

 
 

3 comment!! im starting babysitting i got my first gig today!!

by **iheart?**m2 on 2/21/2009 12:03:05 PM

 
 

If you are a beginner and you don't know how or what to do once you have started, ask the parents' of the child(s) you are watching for a list of things to do.

by lannie163 on 2/21/2009 11:37:27 AM

 
 

first comment YAY

by X0bostonbabi0x on 2/21/2009 10:23:39 AM

 
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