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Why am I getting a lower rate as a teen babysitter?

Bad Habits Teen Babysitters Should Avoid

Frustrated because you make less as a teen babysitter? Registering with the online babysitting service Babysitters4Hire.com gives you the ability to ask for a specific rate, but you may not receive job offers if you over-price your services.

You can't immediately overcome the barrier of age or experience, but you can avoid these bad habits. If you can avoid these pitfalls, whether you are a New York babysitter, or one in Des Moines, Iowa, you will eventually be paid more.

  • Do not smoke. Even if your employer has given you permission. Even if it is outdoors. Smoking and child care do not mix, and you will leave a better impression.
  • Do not show disrespect to your employer. This includes calling them by their first name unless given permission to do so.
  • Vulgarity is never appropriate. Do not assume that no one listening. Children have a way of overhearing just about everything.
  • The number one bad habit of babysitters is to raid the refrigerator.
  • It is never a good idea to use personal items such as computers or iPods without permission.
  • Arriving late is unprofessional, and will not help your cause in pursuing a higher rate.
  • Never leave the place a mess. The children can help you clean it up.
  • Always enforce a family rule, even if you don't see its validity.

   
What do I do if I see suspect physical abuse?

Identifying the Signs of Child Abuse

All child care providers, whether they are Los Angeles babysitters or babysitters in Butte, need to be able to recognize the signs of child abuse. When you register as a babysitter for Babysitters4Hire.com, you assume that you will not be touched by this serious issue. But in according to U.S. Government statistics in 2005, over 900,000 children were abused by adults. As a babysitter, you need to be able to identify the signs of abuse, which include:.

  • Failure to provide basic food, clothing, hygiene
  • Reckless disregard for the child's safety
  • Refusal to provide timely health care.

  • Abandoning the child without providing for their basic needs.

  • Failure to enroll a child in school.

  • Permitting or causing a child to miss school.

  • Refusing to address a child's special education needs.

  • Inadequate affection

  • Exposure to spousal abuse

  • Permitting a minor child to drink alcohol or use recreational drugs

  • Failure to intervene when child demonstrated antisocial behavior

If you see any of these symptoms, call The Childheld National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453).

   
How can I help others find the babysitter they need?

Share the Good Cheer and Good Care

If you are happy and satisfied with the performance of your babysitter, offer to put the word out for him or her to other friends and relatives in need of one themselves. Your sitter will be even more loyal to you if you have their best interests and needs in mind. Please do not recommend just anyone to those you love as they will remember that it was you who recommended the person that did not work out. Together you can come up with a list of his or her best qualities, her hours of availability, and work specifications for promotion. Of course, you can always ask him or her to provide this information themselves. You will see that extending your hand to others in this way will create the opportunity for them to return the favor to you. For example, if this sitter is taking leave for whatever reason, i.e. they can no longer sit for you on the weekends but your friend needs a weekday sitter, that same friend may extend the courtesy to you of passing on the information for a sitter who is available on Saturday and Sunday.

   
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