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Sure, you went to the Safe Sitters class and know how to do CPR, but are you really ready for every issue a baby can have...
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OK, so I'm 13, a girl and I'm taking the Red Cross Babysitting coursing in a week and one day (I'm super exited, as you can tell! xP). I really want to babysit once I get certified, but my mom won't let me! She says I'm too young but most the girls in my class babysit and I even know some 10 year olds who babysit! What?! What do YOU think the best age to babysit is? Also, how do you think I should tell her I'm ready? Thank you!


Hey 4sisbro, I think 16 is a good age to start, because you're a teenager. But it's good that you are taking the course now, because in three years you'll definitely be an expert. If you think you're ready, you may be ready. Maybe start off small with asking to babysit your neighbors kids and then advance to larger jobs. Hope this helps! Xoxo Smile  

Lynae P.

by 4sisbro on 2/8/2013 12:43:33 PM


MOD MOD MOD! Ok so I'm 12 (going into seventh grade) and there are kids in my class who babysit, and I realllly want to, too! The only problem is, I don't know whether or not I can babysit. I'm pretty good with kids younger than 8, but above 8 IDK I just feel. . .awkward trying to boss them around. So should i babysit or do something else?


Hey girl! Why not ask families you know with kids younger than 8? Kids from 4-8 would probably be the best age for you since babies and toddlers are a lot of work and over 8 is a little too close to your age.  xoxo 

Kate G.

by emonade on 8/2/2012 12:14:42 PM


I'm a Jr.Leader at a camp for 3-5 year olds and I'm having a hard time interacting with them! I'll ask them simple questions like "What is your favorite color?"(I don't know what else to talk about!) and I'll play with them and read them stories, but I still don't feel like I'm as enthusiastic as the actual counselors. Any tips?


Hey girl! Being a junior leader gives you a chance to learn from the actual counselors.  They've been doing this for longer, so they have way more practice in being enthusiastic.  Ask for tips, and you'll find yourself connecting more with the campers.  xoxo   

Kate G.

by taytaychicken331 on 7/31/2012 12:25:30 PM


Mod Mod Mod!
So, tomorrow night from 5 to 10 pm I am babysitting my neighbor's kids for the second time. It's the second time I've babysat ever as well, and I feel like the first time I didn't do so well. It went alright but I felt like the kids were bored. They're both boys, 2 and 5 years old. And I honestly have nooo idea what I'm going to do with them tomorrow! 5 hours is a long time when you don't have anything to entertain the kids with.. I do know that they love Spiderman but not sure how I could incorporate that in.. any ideas on what to do? They're adorable and I just want to do a good job Tong Really nervous.

Hey girl,

Ask them what games they like to play! They might have a favorite board game, or maybe they want to pretend their couch is a ship. You could also play outside! Instead of coming up with a million ideas, ask what they like. And don't be afraid to ask their parents what they like, too!

Meghan D.

by barenziah97 on 7/21/2012 12:57:00 AM


Mod mod mod mod mod mod
Ok so I love to babysit and I love kids! So in a couple days I have to babysit for this little one year old girl! But the thing is I have to babysit her for 4 hours. So what are something's I can do to keep her entertained that long? Thanks so much


Hey chica!  Your best bet is to ask her parents.  They'll have a sense for what she likes to do and what toys are her fave.  Plus, asking Qs will make ya seem like a super-sitter from the start!  Also, the most important thing for little kids is just to be attentive and friendly.  If you can do that, she will be very happy. Smile xoxo 

Marie H.

by Because on 7/20/2012 6:04:00 PM


Hey, how do you become a mod? Do you have to be a certain age? Smile thanks

Hey girlie,

Yep, you have to be 18 years old or older to become a mod. If you are (or if you're close), check out this page for more details. (Scroll down to the WHERE section!) 
Lauren C.

by margaretrhiana on 7/19/2012 5:49:18 PM


MOD MOD MOD!!! Ok, so I found this really awesome modeling boot camp near my area, I'd really like to go there, but it's $1000. My mom says I need to save it myself. With my allowence, it will take roughly 2 years to save it. But i would also like to have spending money for myself for things like magazines, lip gloss, ect. But I'm only 12, do you know any good jobs I could try?


Hey girl!

Babysitting is an awesome way to earn TONS of money. Also try offering to do yardwork and extra things around the house for your parents (in exchange for some cash!). In the winter, grab a shovel and start a shoveling business in the snow for your entire neighborhood! There are plenty of ways to bring in tons of cash quickly!

Catherine C.

by lemonlime123 on 7/13/2012 1:13:44 AM


Hey hermoinegirl12, before you decide see which days the clubs hold meetings and rehearsals on. Chances are it won't be everyday, so on the days you are free, you'll be able to babysit your neighbor. Hope this helps! Xoxo

mod mod mod
Okay my next door neighbour is in an after-school program that she isn't a big fan of. where I live elementary schools go up to grade six, and i just graduated from elementary school and im going into grade 7. She asked me if I could babysit her next year, and i said i would. her parents say maybe. but then i found out about these clubs at the new school like the drama club and the debate club that im interested in, but they take place afterschool when she wants me to babysit her! i cant be in two places at once, so what do u think i should do? join the clubs or babysit? Lynae P.

by hermionegirl12 on 7/11/2012 7:40:57 PM


so I'm like pretty much out of the loop in the social networking category. My dad says fb and twitter take your info and people can stalk yu and I'm too you g for it. Also I don't get a fone till next year! I need to talk my mom and dad into letting me get a twitter or something. All my friends are always talking about how fun twitter and fb are and I feel completely left out! I'm 12, do u think that's too young for thisbe things? Please help me to gain my strict parents trust!!!!!!

Hey girl!

It can be tough when all your friends are talking about something you're not allowed to do. I think that technically you have to be 13 for Facebook, but I'm not sure about other forms of social networking. It's true that having your personal info online can be very dangerous. However, there are multiple ways to protect yourself online. Explain to your parents that if they allow you to use FB or twitter, they can be there with you when you set up the account. That way, they can check all of the privacy settings to make sure you have maximum protection. Maybe you could even offer that they can have your passwords so they can go on and check once in a while to make sure you're staying safe. For now, talk to your friends about how it bothers you when they spend all of your conversations discussing things that you can't join in about.
Kelly G.

by Lilmissamazing on 7/11/2012 12:48:24 AM


Hey! I really want to start babysitting and I have even taken a CPR/babysitting class. I have told all the people I know with young kids about this, and still no one has called me. What is a good way to spread word? By the way, my parents won't let me advertise through public flyers. Thanks! Tong


Helen S.

by Catlover4723 on 7/9/2012 5:49:56 PM


Mod Mod Mod!!!
My old doctor moved away so I have to get a new one. I have a check up in a month with my new doctor who I've never met and I'm really nervous!!! Help!!!


Hey girl!

Don't worry about the new doc. Bring a parent so you're not alone and don't feel as nervous. But, there's really no need to be nervous--you may even like this doctor more than your old one! Doctors just want to help, and they're usually all pretty friendly. If you end up not liking your new doctor, you can easily find another one! 

Catherine C.

by Sarah510 on 7/9/2012 3:25:39 PM


Do you like rock and roll music of any era?If so, then join my club-rock music that rocks..we will talk about anything, but especially rock music!

by rockchik333 on 7/9/2012 3:07:37 PM


Mod mod mod mod mod mod mod mod:I go to my mom's friends house, and sometimes her stepson is there. I like him so much, I litteraly say absolutely nothing (unless I'm asked a question)! I'm also kinda shy around the rest of his family too... HELP? How do I start up a good condo?

Hey girl!

When you're asked a question, use that as your opening to join the conversation and be more talkative. You can ask other people questions too, ya know! Just gradually try and talk a little more each time you're there and I'm sure your shyness will ease up. 
Rachael A.

by softballismyBFF on 7/9/2012 7:58:36 AM


MOD Ok so there's this guy I was texting for a while, and I liked him, but I don't really anymore. The problem is that he texts me and fb chats me all the time!!! The texting I can avoid, but how can I get him to stop facebook chatting me? He's nice but I don't like him like him like that.



Hey girly! There's a way you can stop people from being able to see you on Facebook. If you're looking at your Facebook chat list, click on the little settings wheel. A box will pop up, and in it, you can type in the same of anyone who you don't want to see you online.



Becca G.

by actress12345 on 7/8/2012 9:04:05 PM


Can't wait to I start babysitting!!

by alw728 on 7/8/2012 12:25:27 PM


I have a really bad decision making problem. Like just this weekend I was deciding on which sunglasses to buy. To buy both was just too much, so I was deciding between blue and white color. I asked my friend, and she said it was up to me, so I asked her again, because Icouldn't decide. I'm afraid that if I continue this, I'm going to annoy my friends and they would not want to hang out with me at the mall in the future. Also, I really want to make decisions by myself instead of consulting someone else. It's also better for me and other people too. Any advice?


Hey girl, I'm the exact same way actually. My friends just laugh it off, then I realize what I'm doing. Because indecisive isn't a bad thing, it just takes practice. You just have to think a minute who are the sunglasses really for? You! So when you try them on, ask your friend which one she thinks looks better on you, not which one she thinks you should buy. It's all about subtle wording differences. Its completely fine to ask someone for advice or what they think of something, just try and avoid asking them what they think you should do unless its advice giving in a problem situation if that makes sense. That's how I got better, and it really works! 

lauren r.

by Emilicious on 7/8/2012 1:39:48 AM


Glamor#7 That's very clever!

by 15hayhay on 7/7/2012 10:03:25 PM


just in time i start babysitting wed. thanks gl!

by opptop on 7/7/2012 9:28:51 PM


Mod Mod Mod I hardly talk to or even know the names of half the people in my grade. Sure they talk to me or I talk to them every once in a while but I would really like to get to know them more and get to hang out with them. Any ideas how I can start to slowly do this when school starts? Thanks Mod you guys are always helpful and always there for advice!


I think you should get to know your fellow classmates by talking to them during classes. Getting to know your neighbors or the people who sit near you is a good way to make friends. Then once you know them better you can hang out outside of class. xoxo kerra

Kerra S.

by 15hayhay on 7/7/2012 9:27:36 PM


Kids always ask me to do things that their moms said they couldn't do, and I always handle it by either distracting them with something else or giving them something similar to make them think I'm giving in when I'm really still following their mom's directions.

by supersingershannon on 7/7/2012 9:27:04 PM


I babysit 2 kids for a school year every day (except for weekends Laughing)

by Mandyo12 on 7/7/2012 7:43:03 PM


Some ways that I've solved my sitter sitches are telling the parents immediately and asking siblings what the parents usually do in the situation.

by otter77 on 7/7/2012 6:28:12 PM


The little girl I babysit was scared of the dark. I tried 2 get her 2 go 2 sleep but she had trouble. The next time i babysat her, i brought my " Monster go away" spray. I just took an empty spray bottle, filled it with water, and made a label. It worked like a charm!

by Glamor#7 on 7/7/2012 5:40:35 PM


If the parents don't approve it,don't do it is SO important. I was babysitting these 7 and 5 year old kids and they once tried to have dessert before dinner claiming their mom let them, I promised to let them pick dinner and they were good.

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by pretty123 on 7/7/2012 4:04:54 PM


i can only babysit my lil sis (age 9) on school afternoons and when my mom works short hours (example: 3 or 4 hours) cuz she thinks im still too young even if im 13

by cutiepie14231 on 7/7/2012 4:03:43 PM


I get to babysit some cute sweethearts on wednesday! They are my adorable cousins, and probably the most well-behaved toddlers ever. They never fuss about having to take a nap, they do what i ask, and they are so sweet♥

by cats-r-the-best on 7/7/2012 1:31:48 PM


well it was my first babysitting job ever and they wanted to go outside and play hide and seek but their parents said they couldnt so we played inside and then colored little ones love coloring

by lilliebeans on 7/7/2012 12:26:39 AM

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