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What to do right now to be a super sitter this summer

 
It takes a certain gal to get this job done (if the thought of screaming children and late hours has you running for the hills, reconsider). Babysitting isn’t just work—it’s a relationship. As one super sitter puts it, “I love to watch the babies grow up. I’ve seen a set of twins learn to sit up, crawl, stand, walk and eat real food. It’s an amazing experience!” But before you decide to embark on this journey, here are things to think about.

 

Test the waters

Babysitting is a big deal! You’re not only responsible for the rugrats’ health and safety, but also their happiness. If you have a younger bro or sis, you’re ahead of the game. But for those who’ve never sat for sibs, ease your way in by being a mother’s helper. It’s less pressure because an adult is home, but you still learn how to care for precious cargo. Bonus: You’ll gain a possible future client or a reference.

 

Get certified

Families want the best of the best. Get an official certification—there’s no better way to establish yourself as a pro. We recommend the American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Course, an interactive class that gives you tips on everything from the interview to first aid. It’ll cost you up to $65, but c’mon. That’s chump change considering your qualifications are bound to earn a higher rate and greater clientele. To find a chapter near you, log on to redcross.org.
 
Spread the word
You might not be ready to take on jobs just yet, but mention to friends' parents, coaches and those in the area you know that you'll be sitting all summer long. For those planning vacations, suggest that you might be able to house sit, water plants or walk dogs, too. They'll be eager to pencil ya in in advance.
 
 

BY L’OREAL THOMPSON AND PATRICIA MCNAMARA ON 4/17/2012 3:13:00 PM

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