Your First Time Babysitting

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What should I know before my first babysitting job?

Your First Time Babysitting

If you are just starting out as a San Fransisco babysitter the first few babysitting jobs can be intimidating. Have an experienced caregiver lined up to give you advice if you find yourself in a pinch. A quick phone call can save you from panic.

Trust your instinct. If you believe a child is lying to you, they probably are. If you are uncomfortable with the safety level of any given activity, just say no. The children will adapt.

Make sure you have a clear understanding of what is expected of you. It's better to ask questions, than to struggle through a misunderstanding. You should have a clear idea of what the family ground rules are, how much you are going to be paid, and what to do in case of emergencies. Make sure you have parent and emergency contact information.

Of course the best cure for inexperience is to take more babysitting jobs. Registering with an online babysitting service such as will make that happen.



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