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Be an awesome babysitter

Babysitting season is right around the corner. Take a break from the pool and find some families in your neighborhood that need a nanny. It’s a great way to make cash and hang out with some cute kiddies. If you want to get asked back make sure you…



Are on time. Even better? Five minutes early.


Don’t cancel. You’re BFF is having a raging pool party at the same time you’re scheduled? You’ll have to miss the party. If you ditch last minute, you probably wont get asked back.


Come prepared! Have fun activities to do when it’s too hot to go outside. Find a cool Popsicle recipe or fun tie-dye kit.


Don’t empty the fridge. Most fams are cool with spotting some food, but don’t take the last piece of pie or have a gourmet meal.


Clean up after yourself and the kids. The house should look the same as when you got there.


Limit TV time. ‘Rents will be impressed if you cut back on the tube.


Are safe. Look both ways when crossing the street, be a lifeguard by the pool and insist on helmets when biking. If the kids get hurt, give them the proper attention and let the parents know ASAP.


Honor naptime. Kids are cranky when they don’t get enough shut-eye.


Dress appropriately. Messy two year olds and white silk shirts don’t go well together.


Get CPR certified. Parents will be way impressed. But being CPR certified is useful far beyond getting babysitting jobs. You could save someone’s life one day. Some schools have mandatory CPR courses. If yours doesn’t, visit your local red cross about a class. They can be price-y but are totally worth it, especially since most of the money is going to charity.

BY MARISA DUNN ON 6/7/2012 3:02:00 PM


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