With the end of the school year comes the beginning of your child for him or her to have a summer job.
You will look at them and wonder, “are they really ready?”. What if your child is asking to babysit? Is your child ready for the responsibility of taking care of another human life? Here are a few ways to know if your child is ready to babysit.
Can your child take care of his or her own basic needs? Can your child pour drinks? Can your child get their snack without help? Will your child take the initiative to look for food and utensils?
When your child is babysitting, he or she might need to feed the child they are babysitting. The child may not know where their food is. If it is a young child your child is babysitting for, they may not tell the babysitter where anything is that they need. The child being watched may not even be able to talk. Can your child handle crying if that is how the child communicates?
Is your child physically capable of holding a baby when babysitting a baby? Does your child know the proper handling of an infant? Is your child babysitting a child that will need to be held? What if the child falls?
Is your child capable of reasoning in different situations? Would your child keep their composure and wits in an emergency? At the very least, would your child call you or 911 for help depending on the situation? If you are not sure what your child would do, maybe you should talk to them and tell them that it is possible, although these situations are unlikely. Find out what their thoughts are and let them know to call you or 911.
If your child has siblings, does he or she help with the younger children? Does your child like younger kids? Your child may not know what it is like to be around younger children if they do not have siblings. Help them learn about children before sending them off to babysit.
The parents your child will be babysitting for may want to meet your child. This is the perfect opportunity for you to find out whether your child is ready to babysit. Ask the parents to bring their child, and you can visit with them while your child gets acquainted with their child. It will be easier for everyone if the babysitter and child have already met before the babysitting needs to occur.
Another right way to know whether your child is ready to babysit is for your child to take mothers’ helper or playmate jobs. If your child can take care of a child with the parent around, he or she should be able to babysit by themselves.
Even if the harsh reality is that your child is not ready to babysit by themselves, he or she can be a mother’s helper this year and maybe start babysitting next year. The mother’s helper position will also be the right reference for any potential clients for your child. Your child will also get the experience of dealing with a real child, and he or she may discover that they do not want to babysit.