In your babysitting career, you will undoubtedly come across
a situation in which you have multiple kids – sometimes even four or five at a
time, and all by yourself. How do you deal with a situation like that?
First off, stay calm.
It’s not easy, but you can do it. The job will go better if
you keep your cool, so take a deep breath and ooze confidence to keep those
kids in line.
Go for a group
Get the kids involved in a group activity. If they are the same age, or around the
same age, you can find a game to play that will keep everyone occupied. Try
hide and seek for the older kids, or bring out some play clothes and jewelry
for dress up with the tots. Arts and crafts are also a great way to keep
everyone entertained, no matter their ages or genders.
Keep it safe
You need to keep your eyes on all the kids, all the time. If
you’ve got a rowdy bunch on your hands, keep meals a quick affair—think DIY
sandwich assembly. If you’ve got older kids in your crew, ask them to keep an
eye on their sibs, but keep ‘em all in your line of sight. If that means you
have to sit them down at the kitchen table while you throw something in the
oven, by all means do it.
Lettings your charges play alone is a no-no, but just
because they might have a friend or sibs to entertain them doesn’t mean you can
chillax on the couch. Put your phone away and jump into the fun, whether it’s a
board game or make believe.
BY SHELBY CONQUES ON 8/26/2011 11:31:00 AM
POSTED IN be a pro babysitter, babysitting 101, babysitting activities