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hey girls

my names jodi, and i've been told i give super great advice on everything so if u need any go to my profile and post a comment telling me your problem. i will right back for sure!

by jodij123 on 9/6/2010 10:14:50 AM


Hey girls!
my names Jodi and i've been told i give super great advice on everything, so if u need any go to my profile and write a comment telling me your problem. I will for sure write back!

by jodij123 on 9/6/2010 10:11:30 AM


MOD!!!! I babysit for a brother and a sister. The brother thinks he can play with is sisters toys but she can't even think about touching his& he always calls her names. So I always have to get on to him. Also the sister always wants to play with me and he never does. But he thinks I don't like him. I heard him talking to his sister in her room when i went to answer the phone saying that I hate him and likes her better and that always happens to him so he's going to tell his mom to get another sitter. It's not true! I told him that! How can I fix this and make it better? I feel bad that I always get on to him. If the sister does something I get on to her too but it's just not as often as the brother. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!


Hey chica! Unfortunately, little kids can be so hard to deal with sometimes. I would start making an effort to give the boy more attention. I'm sure you already do, but maybe ask him if he wants to do something you know he likes. Just make it seem that you really care and are interested in hanging with him too. Hopefully, that'll help somewhat. If not, I would definately talk to their mom and let her know the sitch!


Becca G.

by Misbubbles on 7/31/2010 7:19:48 PM


MODMODMODMODMODMOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The people i babysit 4 didnt ppay me for sitting 4 a total 0f 9 hours they r my neighbors what do i do???


Hey girl! Let them know you love babysitting for them, but you don't usually do it for free.  Let them know what you charge ahead of time so that way it doesn't happen again.  That's strange and a little rude of them, so they may feel embarrassed when you point out their behavior. 

Megan R.

by ambersgirl on 7/28/2010 7:12:09 PM


My major babysitting dilemma is that our family friend's always have big parties with tons of kids, and their daughter, Abby, is younger then me and she always tells people that I am a certified babysitter so they can leave their babies and kids with us. At a party, I would much rather be playing baseball in the yard or whatever, but she uses me to make people leave their kids with me...I don't think she realizes it though...

by pottersprincess on 7/12/2010 11:00:32 AM


Mod, I am now a certified babysitter because I took a course. I'm very excited to start babysitting, but I can't seem to find a job that I can actually work with. I tried giving out fliers, but almost everyone in my neighborhood already has a parent to take care of them. I don't have a Facebook, Myspace or Twitter so I couldn't post anything on there. I did recently find job that sounded nice. A little 2 yr. old boy at a larger house. It sounded like the parent would pay well. I would work from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The only problem is my mom would have to drive me 30 min. everyday to get there and 30 min. back. She refuses! But I don't blame her. Is there any way possible to get this job or find a better one?


I can't think of any other way for you to get there, so you'll probably have to pass on this job. How did you find that job? Maybe you can find another the same way. Or, maybe you could ask your mom if she knows of anyone close by who might need a babysitter. You could also look into a local child care center and see if they are looking for extra help. Good luck!

Vanessa J.

by margauxh on 6/22/2010 3:07:40 PM


I feel like i am always babysitting.How do i tell the folks that i just wanna a break one weekend i have like 5 clients and i just want a little Me time... How should i tell them this?

Hey girl, 

Talk to them about when and why you want a break, but make sure that you tell them far in advance so that they can schedule for another sitter if they need one. 
Vanessa J.

by raindropz on 6/8/2010 12:58:29 PM


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(Girl)Do you want to be with me forever... See more
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(Again the boy said)NO
She heard enough and waz hurt, ****he ...walked away tears ran down her face.
The boy grabbed her arm and said:
(Boy)- You're not pretty, you're BEAUTIFUL
(Boy)- I don't want to be with you forever, I NEED to be with you forever
(Boy)- and I wouldn't cry if you walked away... I would DIE!!!!
(Boy whisperz)- Plzzzz stay with me...
(Girl whisperz)- I will...
Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they love you. Something good will happen to you between 1-4 pm tomorrow it could be anywhere..Get ready for the biggest shock of your life! If you dont post this on to 5 other pages you will have relationship problems for the next 10 years

by puppygirl6785 on 4/24/2010 12:54:44 PM


MOD MOD MOD I babysit a lot, and last night I babysat for my band teacher and they gave me $60 for that night and tomorrow too. She said she'd give me more if they went over, but they already paid me the equivalent of $7.50/hour! I normally charge $5 an hour because I'm thirteen. Should I say something? When people really overpay me I feel bad, and always wonder if they made a mistake... Foot

Hey babe! Don't feel bad ! I know babysitters whose rates are over 10 dollars.  They seem really nice and really thankful for your help as a babysit! I think you should accept the money and smile and thank them! Let them know you enjoy helping them out.   
Megan R.

by keenerdemeanor on 3/6/2010 10:52:12 PM


MOD!!!! Im almost 13 and ive been a certified baby sitter for a year. ive tryed EVERYTHING to get clients...and ive only got 1 so far but their dad stays home now and they dont need a babysitter. Ive tryed sending flyers to neighbors and they said theyll call me if they need me but nothing my mom put flyers up at her work and at our chruch and iv talked to people at our country club and STILL nothing. i love kids and would love to babysit.PlEASE HELP!! (oh and please dont say be patiant or try again or post more becouse i live in a city and i cant post stuff at the post office becouse of stranger danger) E


Hey chicky, try advertising on the internet. If you have a Facebook or Myspace post something on there. Smile

Lynae P.

by EACdancer24 on 2/28/2010 3:09:02 PM


MOD HELP HELP!! I have been bbsitting 5 boys scence I waz 9 years old and I am 13. I have got a good connection with them now but the oldest is now 10 and he weighes WAY more then me and I am kinda scarend of him beacuse he has some anger issues and I am afraid to puish him with is anger and him being able to hit me hard, i love bbsitting em but i am kinda afraid of him thanx Smile

by JBieberFan on 1/25/2010 9:36:19 PM


Leave the question in my profile and i will respond to it in your profile within 48hrs!!!
if you profile is private i will just post the advice/answer in my profile.

by skichick4life on 1/23/2010 6:37:47 PM



if ur reading this babysitter's club column, u obviously care about advice. visit my profile, post me a question(if its super important, put ***** at the top) and ill answer in 24 hours, guaranteed. thanks! pass it on to ur friends!

~aspiring advice columnist(and babysitter), lauren

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by Club Beauty on 9/22/2009 7:46:50 PM


****MOD MOD MOD*** I have a huge problem!! Okay so a few months ago I took a babysitting job down the street... I was supposed to babysit 1 two year old for eight hours for $40= $5 an hour. But when I came in the house! There were three kids! A two yr old, a three yr. old and a six yr. old. I made lunch and took them to the park twice and not to mention the dirty diapers. The youngest even called me the B word. When all was said and done I only recieved $40!!! I was mad. I never want to babysit them again. But they keep calling! I either ignore them or make up an excuse.. but i cant keep doing this... HELP!!!!


Hey girl,


No need to ignore them, just explain next time they ask you that your rate goes up with each child. Make sure to ask them how many children will be there. If you get there and there are more children than agreed upon, say something right away. 40 dollars for 3 children for 8 hours is definitely not enough. Speak up next time, girl!


Megan P.

Megan P.

by girlie82 on 8/26/2009 11:55:24 AM


I am 12 and I got my parent permision to make my acount visible, but it still wont work. Also, when I go to edit my profile, it says I am being moderated. It has said that for 2 days. Why wont it work?

by laxchick216 on 8/26/2009 11:16:08 AM


MOD-can someone pleas help-thanks
I think my crush may like, me, but i don't know.
We always flirt... a LOT.
Other times i catch my crush sneaking glances at me! Whenever we talk, or my crush is talking to several people,my crush only looks at me, and sometimes randomly comes up to me and asks what i'm doing, and always blushes and will give me a smile. we always bump into each other and get to hang out. But whenever i try to look at my crush and catch his gaze, my crush will always look away! Everyone says that my crush likes me but what should i do?!?


Hey girl!  I've answered your q on one of your earlier posts.  It sounds like this guy is into you! Try asking him to hang out sometime to get a feel for whether or not he's into you.  If that's too bold, try asking him on a group date so it's not one on one.  Also, when your question isn't answered or doesn't show up, it means that us mods are super busy and will get to your q as quickly as possible.  So please don't keep resending your q!  We'll get to it as soon as we can!  Thanks for your patience. Kristen 

Kristen Y.

by dina22464 on 8/24/2009 7:44:35 PM



by rachel 11 on 8/24/2009 4:10:15 PM


MOD do you think that 11 and a 1/2 is too young to babysit? because I need to pay for my cellphone which is 25$ a month. If you don't think that is too young than how much do you think I should charge per hour?


Hey girl!  Eleven and 1/2 is a bit too young to babysit.  Sorry.  But if you need to make some cash, look into babysitting or doing chores for parents while they're working at home.  That way, you can help them out and still have an adult around in case of energencies.  best, Kristen

Kristen Y.

by tealpowerfulrose on 8/24/2009 3:35:37 PM


!!!mod!!!!!!~**MOD, mod, mod, MOD**~!!!!!!mod!!!!!
I think my crush may like, me, but i don't know.
We always flirt... a LOT.
Other times i catch my crush sneaking glances at me! Whenever we talk, or my crush is talking to several people,my crush only looks at me, and sometimes randomly comes up to me and asks what i'm doing, and always blushes and will give me a smile. we always bump into each other and get to hang out. But whenever i try to look at my crush and catch his gaze, my crush will always look away! Everyone says that my crush likes me but what should i do?!? thanks! i don't want to wreck our friendship!

Hey, Girl! Sorry for the “stock”  message. We’re psyched you’re here but since this is a super busy time, mods aren’t able to answer personal advice or contest questions. We’re approving your comments now so the girls can start offering feedback right away! If you still have questions, please come back, we’re happy to help…or just let the other chicas answer now! (They give awesome advice, trust us!) Love and thanks! , Your Blog Patrol Babes   
Jeannie L.

by dina22464 on 8/23/2009 7:34:09 PM


mod-i have to babysit a 7 year old and a 9 year old. how much do u think i should charge?

Hey girl, if you're unsure what to charge, you can always have the parent set the price. A good standard rate to go by is $7 an hour, but depending on the number and age of kids, this could go up or down. Hope this helps, girl--remember, choose a price that's fair to the 'rents.

Alyssa B.

by kevin on 8/20/2009 1:12:13 PM


help! I just got new neighbors next door and the kids a brat! she is 5 (and potty trained) but went to the bathroom on the carpet, and my shoes! she spit chips all over me and the house, screams, and has some bad language( this 5 year old knows the f word!) please help me!

by crazydaisey82 on 8/18/2009 1:51:42 AM


sorry, but i have an-off-topic question.
How long does it take for my comments to show up?


Hey girl, that depends on how many questions I have to mod, how long your question is, how long others' questions are, internet connection speed, etc. There are many factors to consider. <3 Jeannie
Jeannie L.

by dina22464 on 8/16/2009 7:36:13 PM


I loved the advice!!!!


by Livi Jonas928 on 8/16/2009 8:47:40 AM


I have a babysitting course tommorow and so when I start babysitting or doing mother's helper and the rent's asked how much money I want an hour or just how I want after watching the kid(s)what should I say????

Hey girl, the common pay for babysitting can be anywhere between five and fifteen dollars an hour - it all really depends on the family, your duties, your skills, and how long you'll be watching the kids. A good place to start would be between five and seven dollars an hour. Don't be shy to ask them what they would like to pay you if you aren't completely sure.

xox Alexa
alexa e.

by Livi Jonas928 on 8/16/2009 8:46:55 AM


every summer i watch my family friends pets.which is a bets fish, a turtle, a bird, and a dog. i only have to go twice a day. so that is a total of 14 times. and they pay me $100 dollars. every year.

by trackstar13 on 8/13/2009 4:53:03 PM


I am 12 and I started babysitting about a year ago. I usually get $5 an hour for two boys that I watch. Do you think that's a fair price? If not what do you think is?
Thanks so much, I think mods are great!

Hey babe, I guess it depends on your responsibilities and how many hours you're there. Talk to your family and other friends who babysit to see what the going rate in your town is. Don't be afraid to ask for a raise if you feel like you need one. You're the one giving them a service so don't forget that! 
katelin s.

by chesterkona on 8/10/2009 10:17:48 PM


if you feel like you can handle it and that you are prepared i would probably say ya.

by mimishumidude on 8/6/2009 9:22:58 PM


is it ok to babysit ur next door neighbor if ur 11?

by soccerlover557 on 8/3/2009 4:07:00 PM


I also have a problem!
Ok I babysit a 2 year old for 8 hours every friday during the summer.
I only get paid $25 every friday and that is so not enough!!
And the little boy is such a handful!

by bailey.thomas12 on 7/30/2009 1:46:51 AM


i babysit triplets (two boys & a girl). they're eight years old & i watch their older brother who is in seventh grade. i watch them from eight to four. about how much should i charge?

Hey babe,

You should talk to their parents to figure out what they feel comfortable paying (because sometimes it's higher than you think!) but I think a good ballpark number would be around $30.

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by ~barrelracer~ on 7/28/2009 10:33:07 AM


Okay, so I really want to start making money, so that I have it to spend on stuff like clothes, and when I go places with my friends, but I'm only thirteen! I plan to put up flyers for babysitting at my church soon (I've taken a Red Cross course), but if that doesn't work, what could I try?? Where I live, in places like ice cream parlors, restaurants, Starbucks, etc all seem to have like 16 years+ age people who work there, so I don't think they'd hire a thirteen year old? Should I ask anyways???? Please help!!!

Hey girl!  It does not hurt to ask if your local shops hire thirteen year olds; probably not, but what do you have to loose?  You can try pet-sitting if you are into animals, or even jewelry-making if you are feeling crafty.  Try asking your parents and family you can help them do household chores for a little cash.  Good luck!  Kristen
Kristen Y.

by the brave little toaster on 7/23/2009 2:02:55 PM


cool! that helps alot. i babysat a 5 year old a couple times and it was 3 hours of fighting the evil dust bunny under the couch or barn animal toys!!

by aj1010 on 7/21/2009 10:22:31 PM


i always let the rents choose how mush they should pay. they are really great about tipping fairly!

by neverslowdown on 7/21/2009 10:08:33 PM


Hey, i really really really want to babysit! I'm turning 13 in December and i'm going into 7th grade this year. I started handing out flyers when I turned 11. I'm really sad that I haven't gotten one call. Not One! I just got new next door neighboors and they have a 2-year-old son. I told them that I really want to babysit and they said that when they need me, they'll tell me, but they haven't said anything. Also, one of my other neighbors has a son going into 2nd grade. They have some kind of Rewards card and they get discounts when they go to the movie theather on Tuesdays. They told me that it would be a big help if I babysat their son when they went to adult movies on Tuesdays. I was sooo excited!! But, every Tuesday they end up never calling. It's been weeks! I know that probably something came up and they couldn't go, but I'm started to think that they aren't really going to call. I don't want to be pushy, but what should I do??

Hey babe,

It sounds like you've done a lot to get your name out there, so all you can do for now is wait. You can try asking your friends if they know of anyone or if they could put up fliers in places you haven't thought of you, but until you get a call, just be patient! You'll find a client eventually.

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by jmpgurly on 7/21/2009 11:18:54 AM


Dang...$10 an hour is more than CA minimum wage :o
I get paid $5 an hour for up to 3 kids, and a dollar extra per each additional kid (i.e. $7 an hour for 5 kids)

by thelby on 7/15/2009 8:07:44 PM


**MOD** okay, im going to be babsitting for this one-year-old boy for the first time soon, ive played with him a couple times. he loves me, and is so sweet and really smart for 14 month old. His parents have alot of money. and asked if id feel more comfortable babysitting him in the house or on the boat. and the boat is a yaght with a bedroom and bathroom and stuff. i said id start with just the house but eventually i do want to try sitting for him on the boat. and by that i think they ment just me and him on the boat in the dock (not floating in the middle of the lake) are their any rules for watching a baby on a boat? (he can swim and float on his back, the boat is baby proof but i still want to be careful.) also they said while at the house I can bring him into the jacuzzi cuz he likes to jump in off the edge and swim around. any tips for that? thank you and sorry that this is so long.


The best thing to do once babysitting on boat is to be VERY careful and keep your eye on him at all times.  You may want to invest in taking a lifeguard class to make sure you water-savvy skills are up to par!  Good luck girl!

Brooke E.

by erkel5 on 7/8/2009 12:19:40 PM


MOD What if you are doing your best for monthes and no raise what do i do.

Hey girl, try talking to your supervisor or boss about the possibility of a raise or a promotion. In the mean time, just keep doing your best and working hard. Always be on time and be polite and professional, and they'll def take note! ~Alexa 
alexa e.

by Trackie23 on 7/4/2009 2:35:21 PM


Mod mod mod mod mod
I babysit these 2 kinds 5 & 8 and Im supposed to get 6$ an hour. Since they live bout 30 minutes away from me. Since it's an hour away I figured they would pay me for my travel time but for 4 hrs (including travel time) I only got 23$. It's pretty close to our agreed on price but on top of that the kids were impossible to control, super annoying, didn't listen, & always fought!!! I agreed b4 I babysit them the first time to do it again but how can I politely ask for 7$ an hour including travel time...their kinda poor but they know their kids are hard to handle! My crush usually gets paid 15-20$ an hour but he babysit in a wealthy neighborhood... Please please help me! Brittney

Hey babe,

They probably haven't considered paying for travel time, which most families don't do anyway. You also have to respect that they might not be able to afford to pay you more. You can hint that the kids are being trouble and maybe they will give you a bonus for it, but I think it would be rude to ask for more money, considering their situation.

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by brittneybball on 7/3/2009 10:19:52 PM


For 3 kids that are 8 5 and 3, do you think it is ok to charge 8? How about to girls that are 7 and 5 is it ok to charge 6?

Hey babe,

Those sound like very reasonable prices. If you're worried about how much to charge look up the minimum wage in your area and base it on that.

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by moee2014 on 7/2/2009 10:04:47 PM


MOD. i just started babysitting (i wanted to take all the classes and stuff,,, it took forevvvvver) and one of my clients gives me 10 $ an hour,,, not kidding. Yesterday i sat for 6 and she gave me 70$ i told her that wasn't nesseery but she insisted... i usealy charge 2-5 $ per hr. what should i say,,,,, she does this all the time and her kid is a quite 9 month old who sleeps are the time


Hey Girl, 10$ is pretty much a standard rate now a days, and if the family insists dont worry, you did the right thing by saying it wasnt neccessary but just be grateful for it. *Cara T*

Cara T.

by 15scoulosv on 7/1/2009 9:25:58 PM


OMG! i really want to babysit some toddlers and i feel like i have the responsibility but my parents wont let me! help?

by carleighb on 6/30/2009 3:54:48 PM


I get 10 dollers an hr for three kids that are 6 and 6 (twins) and 8. I kinda feel like there paying me to much because the kids are really good and easy to handle and I would rather be able to babysit more for less than less for a little more $ because in the long run i would pry make more money and i dont mind babysitting. Whenever i try to tell her its to much she insist i keep it and i end up feeling bad because most of the time she really does need a babysiter. how should i tell her that i really dont need that much??? thank you.

by ladymohawk on 6/30/2009 3:34:59 PM


i might be babysitting for my first time with family (like 2nd or 3rd cousins) sometime soon. I think 1 is 2 yrs and i have almost no probs with her and she loves being around me. and a 4 year old?. what do you think i should charge if i do? i dont want to be greedy since it would be my first time babysitting for someone other than my little (now 5 yr old) bro. and it is family and i would love to keep sitting 4 them. HELP!!!

by lalaland15 on 6/28/2009 10:02:37 PM


i have to babysit a 5-yr-old girl for 4 hours 3xs a week. how much should i get for 1hr?
thankxx Tong


Hey girl, it really depends on your experience. If you've done babysitting for a while and the parents know that you should be able to ask for $7-8. You also have to take into account what hours you're babysitting and how the child behaves. <3 Jeannie

Jeannie L.

by qtpie4ever on 6/27/2009 4:45:49 PM


I love babysitting and looking after kids and i have so much fun with them. The problem is i get kinda embaressed and shy around the parents. They know i do really good with the kids its just i suddenly get shy around them. What can i do? Please help.

Hey girl! 

A lot of times, girls can struggle with talking to adults and can get embarrassed, and you're no different! Talking to adults is just something that will become easier with practice. However, you can work on it by practicing on your own parents by pretending that they're the parents of the kids you babysit for - practicing will make it easier for when it comes time to actually talk to the parents. Good luck! 

<3 katy 
katy j.

by supergrl1093 on 6/24/2009 3:19:53 PM


I always feel really awkward about like talking about pay and stuff and unless they bring it up, we don't talk about it and they usually just pay a pretty good amount at the end of the night(between $5-$10 depending on the times and stuff, if I did it in the middle of the day on a wednesday in the summer for only 2 hours while they were home just to keep them entertained, then only like $5ish per hour, but if it were for 5 hours babysitting three kids late at night, I would get paid like $8 or $10 for each hour the kid was awake then once they go to bed itd be less...usually the clients are pretty good about figuring it out and they tip sometimes too. I don't mind late nights and stuff but it gets tiring and I don't like to fall asleep because one time I did and I woke up to the kid next to me watching tv at 11:30!!! Good thing the parents weren't home.

by xodanielleox on 6/23/2009 5:33:55 PM


Can i intern for gl? how old do i have to be? What do i have 2 do? thx!

Hey babe,

To intern at GL, you have to be in college and you have to go through an application process. It's a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun! Check out this page for more info:

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by abercrombie-gurl on 6/22/2009 4:41:35 PM


i get around $12 dollars an hour for babysitting twin2 year olds and the same for babysitting 2 girls in grade 2 and 4 Smile

by carina16 on 6/21/2009 6:09:34 PM


Oops.... I 4 got my question
will u 4give me?????????

Hey babe,

Cara was just answering your questions about how you get to answer questions on the site (intern here), what to call the parents of the kids you babysit (by their last names) and how to deal with having to yell at misbehaving kids (just do it sometimes). I'm sure she forgives you for forgetting. ;)

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by abercrombie-gurl on 6/19/2009 4:37:30 PM


*MOD*MOD*MOD* I'm 13 and I want to start babysitting.My Mamaw works at a Daycare and I help her 2 days a week,but I don't get paid.She has kids anywhere from 1 month-2 years old.I would love to start babysitting for $$$$$ on like weekends and stuff,but I'm worried that people would think i'm too young. Am I??? I've babysat my 3 year old cousin since she was about 10 months old.(Again I don't get paid.)I love little kids and need a way to earn some cash.I know it won't be easy from watching 7 1 and 2 year olds at Daycare.My BFF likes to babysit to and I think we might do something together,but I need to know things like how much to charge and wether parents will trust us with their kids.I was also wondering if it would be okay for me to keep them at my house instead of going to theirs??? ThAnX!!! ~.PeAcE.l0vE.TeNoRs.~


Hey girl!  Since you're a little younger, you and your bff could try babysitting together.  Start off with one or two kids rather than a ton so things don't get out of control.  Parents are more likely to hire you if you are willing to go to their house because that is where their children will be most comfortable.  Also they will have the appropriate foods and toys there to keep the kids occupied.  Ask around your neighborhood and family friends for suggestions and advice!  good luck, Kristen

Kristen Y.

by HHSTenor19 on 6/18/2009 12:35:40 PM


Mod*** what does the word mod mean cuzz i know one means much on demand! And How do u ask a guy out when ur a girl( i'm kinda scared)?

Hey girlie,

To answer your first question, "Mod" means "Moderator," because our job is to moderate the comments made on the site, though I like your definition better! ;)

For your second question, there's no easy answer. You just have to be brave and do it! Remind yourself of all the reasons he should say "yes" so that you feel confident when you ask. Guys love confidence!! And remember, even if he says no, you are going to be so proud of yourself for being brave enough to ask!! Good luck!

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by aperfecto_girlisntreal_andarealgirlisntperfecto on 6/16/2009 4:19:48 PM


abreconbie gurl if they really deserve it then yes but if it was a small thing gone wrong no but if they keep doing it than yes

by JADAPENSTATE111 on 6/9/2009 12:56:54 PM


i had thee worst babyitting job ever. my neighbors have 1 3year old son and they called me one morning frnatically looking for a babysitter for that night. i said yes. little did i know, they were throwing a party (theyre very young) and all their friends brought over their young kids, all between the ages of 1 and 7, too. so i thought i would be watching 1, when i was watching 7. they were partying upstairs and i had to keep the kids in the basement. oh, and guess what else? THEY ALL SPOKE SPANISH.and for a five hour, 7 child gig that i didnt even expect, i got paid $40. plus, one kid hit his head and wouldnt ssay anything for the rest of the night, so every1 thought he got like badly hurt. but i feel like i definitely deserve more money. next time they call, im busy (they did the same thing to my sister).

by rubberduckie405 on 6/8/2009 4:19:51 PM


Hey, i'm singing at the talent show 2, I have to sing in front of the guy i like and everytime i finish singing @ the rehersals he hugs me i like it but.. everyone there stares at me for a bit( even the teachers)and i get kinda nervous after that to go back to the next rehersal... what should I do ( i don't really wnt him 2 stop hugging me cuzz i like it!)

by lululemon_chick0112 on 6/5/2009 4:55:22 PM


MOD... im performing in my school's talent show soon. im singing, but i need a fun, clean, crowd pulling in rock song [or just any song :]] i was thinking of 'Are you gonna be my girl" by jet but i dont think so. do you have any advice??? thx! <3 R3b3kah 3l!zabeth


Hey girl, I absolutely love that song! I think it'll be a great song chocie if you're looking for something fun, upbeat, and school appropriate. Good luck with the talent show!
<3 Jeannie

Jeannie L.

by nicegurl on 6/3/2009 5:05:36 PM


MOD well, me and my sister are babysitting for ppl for the summer. i take one week and then my sis takes the next week, etc. well we get paid 25 buck a day for two kids for about 730-415. at the end of the week the person who is babysitting gets 125 bucks. is that a little cheep? my dad thinks it is. idk what to do. thanks for helping! Smile

I think that being paid $8/hour is fair. -lauren
Lauren H.

by FrenchHornPlayer1 on 5/30/2009 5:56:26 PM


i get $10 dollars and hr but most kids get more but i'm 12 until september.... but i live in a super wealthy community so i barely get anythin

by mtsnow12 on 5/28/2009 7:05:14 PM


lol yah, it wasnt hard! the kid fell asleep at like nine

by nicegurl on 5/27/2009 10:12:59 PM


one time i was staying with a friend, adn as we were getting readdy to go to a basketball game to watch a parent called her mom and was wondering if we could watch her three year old sun untill 12:30 am. we went adn got there at six, so we stayed for six-adn-a-half hours. when we left, we were paid $40... is that alot???
thx! <3 R3b3kah 3lizabeth

Hey girl,

It depends. That's about $6 per hour. Since you guys have to split it, that makes it about $3 per hour. It seems pretty reasonable, though, because it was 2 of you watching one kid (so the work wasn't as hard). Next time, though, clear up how much you're getting paid before you babysit! 

xo Lisa
Lisa B.

by nicegurl on 5/26/2009 4:47:08 PM


**mod** i have 3 questions1.How do u get to be able to answer people's mod questios? I really want to... My 2nd question is what should u call the 'rents by their last names or first names?. And the last question is shouLd u yell @ THE KIDS IF THEY DON'T BEHAVE?I'M NOT REALLY SURE ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN ORDER PLZ!! THNXZ ABERCROMBIE-GURL!<33333


Hey Girl, you would have to intern at Girls Life, you should call parents by their last names I think to show respect, and it depends on the situation, I think sometimes you may have to. *Cara T*

Cara T.

by abercrombie-gurl on 5/25/2009 7:12:32 PM


*** mod*** If the kids are spoiled and i don't give them what they want and they scream and run all over the house and start hitting me what in the world do i do?. I have told the rents what the kids have been doing and all they said was"o.. those kids they're always like that dont woory" what else should i do?? I'm super confused!!



 Hey Girl,


you should seriously talk about this with the rents nand tell them that it is causing problems and that they should do somethin about it. If they dont do anything it is not worth staying with those kids.

Jeannie L.

by abercrombie-gurl on 5/24/2009 5:26:10 PM


i had a really hard babysitting job once, the 7 yr old boy had a disability and was known 4 randomly leaving the house without asking, the little girl had a peanut allergy (which was one of the few things the boy could eat) and the baby would not stop crying!!! it was really overwhelming but i think i handled it well. i got 45 $ for sitting for 5 hours.

by anakinlover88 on 5/24/2009 4:52:04 PM


I only get $5 an hour, I usually babysit three days during a school week, for like 2 and a half hours at a time. but on weekends i get paid a little more, or sometimes i get extra.

by lisaxoxola13 on 5/17/2009 10:48:23 PM


I babysit for these really rich people, and they have 4 kids. The ages are 1 year, twins that are 2 years, and a girl who just turned 5. Ive been babysitting for them for a while, and I used to ask for 5 dollars, but they just started giving me 10 dollars (an hour). The kids are reay spoiled and if i dont give them what they want they scream and cry and run away, so its hard. I normally baby sit from about 6:00 (pm) to 11:30 (pm). I used to work for them about 8 hours a day everyday during the summer and they only gave me 5 dollars an hour. They want me to do that again this summer. I would be a mothers helper when I did that (she would be there but i would sit in the car with her kids while she shopped) Is the 10 a good price for babysitting them and 5 dolars good for when i am a mothers helper? its really really hard.

Ten dollars is good for babysitting.  Maybe ask for $6 dollars to be a mothers helper. -lauren
Lauren H.

by sawyerssister on 5/17/2009 4:06:47 PM


***mod*** i have another question!! If i feel like going on the computer at my jod should i ask the 'rents to go on theirs in the living room where i can watch the kids or shold i bring my own computer?

Hey Girl, i think it might be better to bring your own, but be sure to ask first. *Cara T* 
Cara T.

by abercrombie-gurl on 5/16/2009 1:38:36 PM



by m&msgrl6 on 5/5/2009 8:11:01 PM


mod ok i'm pretty new at babysittnig. i mostly did this house hwere the rents gave me whatever they felt like. in our neighborhood, kids charge 6-10$ and the pros, ppl who actually do it for a living, charge 10-15$/hour. i said i'd babysit for a new neighbor (its the 1st time in the 'hood to need one) and he asked how much. i figured an average of the nieghbordhood sitters and said 7-8/hour. i' afraid he'll think i'm asking too much. help! also, u know how u r not supposed to leave the kids alone? what do u do if u hav to go to the bathroom? i try to just go right before i leave, but hwat if that dosent' work?


Hey girl! I think $7-8 is a great price. They shouldn't feel like you're charging too much. Try to go to the bathroom right before you leave and if you're putting the kids to bed, try to wait until they go to bed to use the bathroom again.

Jess H.

by m&msgrl6 on 5/5/2009 7:22:57 PM


Dear spirit_101222_ ,

If you feel you should be paid more you should talk to your parents and ask them to tell the kids parents what they think is a higher price that they can afford!!

by abercrombie-gurl on 5/1/2009 7:38:54 PM


I charge like $3-5 an hour, but I think that I should be paid more, but I feel rude asking for more.

by spirit_101222_ on 4/27/2009 8:35:22 PM



by abercrombie-gurl on 4/26/2009 5:50:13 PM


Dear abercrombie-gurl,

You shouldn't do what they do on nanny 911 'cause they smack the kids and since you dont really know the kids you shouldn't.I am a babysitter 2 and i dont smack them . The child's 'rents told me i could put them in a timeout if they dont behave so i do if they tell you that you can disipline them DO IT -ONLY IF THEY DESERVE IT THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Babym_29Smile Smile :x

by babym_29 on 4/26/2009 5:48:08 PM


i am a babysitter. i have 1 question: should i do what they do on nanny 911 about the timeouts and misbehavier????!!



by abercrombie-gurl on 4/26/2009 5:42:09 PM


i want to start baby sitting.....and i know that i can take a class from the red cross.....but how do i sign up for that and what is the web site name?????

by twilightsbiggestfan on 4/19/2009 7:06:41 PM


OMG im as we speak @ my first babby sitting gig at itsa going great a fridge full of snax and the sweet little boy im baby sitting is asleep!

by AriesGal_Lucky7 on 4/14/2009 11:26:46 PM


luved it!

by icebaby661998 on 4/14/2009 5:31:45 PM


hey girls! i was just gonna let u know how much i charge 2 babysit kiddos: ok so i get paid 5 dollars an hour 4 2 kids that r almost 1 and 2...if you drive...then u need to get paid extra 4 gas...well my awesome neighbor that i babysit 4 her kidz does that 4 her nanny...i just walk 2 her house since its 2 houses down...friday 'n saturdays 'n sunday yeah!!! Smile

by teenagegypsy14 on 4/14/2009 9:43:37 AM


I get paid like 20 dollars for about 4 hours for 1 child who is 6. She has hearing difficulties and has a cocliar implant [i dont know how to spell it! sorry]. Also... I helped this girl's mom that lives down the street. The girl has Cerebral Palsey. She is in 3rd grade. I got paid like 8 dollars for 2 hours. I would just fold laundry, help with dinner, help her with hw...etc. The parents should decide the rate and amount I think.

by volleyballer27 on 4/8/2009 12:59:36 PM


Hey Girls!
This is Smile♥AdviceBabyBoo♥(: and im here for you! My main specialty is babysitting tips and advice! I also can answer questions about.. pretty much anything else! Need help getting your babysitting business up and rolling? No problem! Confused on what to cook for little ones? Easy! Come to me! I'll even answer back as soon as possible and def within 24 hours!
Get at it,
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by :)♥advicebabyboo♥(: on 4/6/2009 9:55:26 PM


I get paid $7 an hour for two girls I babysit ones 10, the others 5, and when I babysit for a little boy (2) and girl (7) I get paid $3. I don;t ask for a certain amount I let them decide.

comment on my profile!

by furryanimallover on 3/30/2009 5:14:53 PM


ok i have a lot of questions and if someone could answer them i would be most thankful xD
1.first question do u think i should do a simple flier or like a brochure? much would you charge for 1 kid per hour?
3.what *MOD*??

thanks xD

by xxPeanutofdoom!!xx on 3/30/2009 3:51:23 PM


red cross has templates for phone#'s and stuff like that. u can personalize it too.

by linlybabygirl on 3/25/2009 4:13:56 PM


MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD*MOD* Does GL have like a template for filling out all that info like phone #s, allergies, kids/family's name,kids' fave things to do, eat, watch, bedtimes ect? Because that would be sooo helpful! xoxo andi




Hey girl! Awesome suggestion! I'll definitely let one of the editors know your idea. <3 Sara

Lau D.

by doodlebug897 on 3/24/2009 9:19:13 AM


~MOD~ I REALLY want 2 start babysitting, even though im 11. My mom thinks im not responsible with kids because me and my sister fight a lot. we only fight because, well, all sisters fight. when im with other kids, they always say im their favorite. I have a mothers helper gig over the summer, but its for my aunt, (she has 2 sleep durin the day cause of her job) and I want 2 expand. Please, tell me how 2 expand my biz so i can get some $$$$!!

Hey girl, start with your mother's helper gig.  When you're 12, you'll be older and people are more likely to hire you to babysit. -lauren

Lauren H.

by kkgrl5584 on 3/22/2009 4:05:05 PM


what is the average age kids are potty trained?

Girls are usually earlier so maybe start at 2, and then boys up to 4. So average being 3.
katelin s.

by chefmandm on 3/21/2009 11:16:19 PM


hey i have a prob. i want to start babysitting this year, and so does my friend, and i i am going to take red cross babysitting courses and so is she. My sis used to be a really good sitter so she is going to help with all the ads and buisness cards but my bff wants her to help her too! i want to help but i dont want her to steal my potential costumers. We live in a neighbor hood with not alota kids and a lota sitters and i dont want to risk my chances. I know this is selfish but i really need to save my money!what should i do i want to help but on the other hand i dont! what should i do?

Hey babe, it's ok to keep some things to yourself so don't worry about that. I'm sure there are enough people to share with her though. Make a schedule that the two of you can work out together.
katelin s.

by chefmandm on 3/21/2009 9:35:39 PM


I babysit and i dont set an exact amount. Most 'rents are really good with paying the right amount. : ) Comment on my Profile!

by *CupcakeLexa* on 3/21/2009 5:20:09 PM


At first, charge a small amount of money per hour. For one kid, maybe $2-3. If there are two, $3-4. If there are lots of kids, charge $2 a kid per hour. Most likely, you'll get tons of biz and the parents will give you a raise! Remember, DO NOT ASK FOR A RAISE! And, start small.

by Kailey on 3/21/2009 11:10:50 AM


first comment???
check out my profile

by awesomecoolio on 3/20/2009 1:51:58 AM

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