The Top 3 Signs of a Bad Babysitter

You’ve landed the dream babysitting job. Congrats! Now, how do you keep it? By making sure that you’re the best babysitter the family has ever had. Or, you could make these signature bad babysitter mistakes and find yourself out of a job.

#1 — Ignore the Kids for Your Mobile Device
A bad babysitter is notorious for using her smartphone instead of playing with the children she’s been hired to care for. Rather than sit around and text or play Candy Crush all night, put the phone in your bag and break out some board games for everyone to play. Keep in mind, too, that the children will most definitely report back to their parents a play-by-play of everything that happened—or didn’t. Make sure they have a great report to give.

#2 — Empty the Fridge
You have been hired to care for the family’s kids, not eat them out of house and home. A bad babysitter will help herself to anything and everything she wants from the fridge or pantry. Avoid that faux pas and instead bring your own snacks. Save the family’s food for the family.

#3 — Invite People Over
The most disrespectful thing a sitter can do is invite her friends or, worse, her boyfriend over to hang out while she’s on the job. Even if you’re caring for a sleeping baby, you shouldn’t have guests over to distract you from your duties. It’s best to save your social time for another time.

The best way to ensure a successful babysitting gig is to make sure you do the job you’re hired to do. And that is, to pay attention to and interact with the children. Let the bad babysitters make the mistakes; that’s all the more work you’ll get!

Have we forgotten any mistakes? Share your suggestions for what NOT to do in the comments section.

 

Tips For A New College Student

Whether you are going to college for the first time, or you’re just headed back to school after a summer break full of babysitting, we found these tips listed on universitylanguage.com to be worth taking note!

1. Meet people.

The first week of college is when you’re likely to make the friends that will stick around for your entire college career (and hopefully long after that!). Take advantage of this opportunity to get friendly with your college roommate, as well as your neighbors. Keep your dorm room door open so that anyone can pop in and say hello, and do some meet-and-greets yourself! Lots of freshmen mill around the dorms in the first few days of college looking to meet new people and make new friends. Bring a doorstop or something heavy to hold the door open, and people will know you’re welcoming visitors.

2. Find the perfect study spot.

As you’ll realize even more in college, being comfortable is an important study tip. College campuses have countless places that you can escape to for some uninterrupted study time. Whether that’s a nook in the stacks, a shady patch on the quad or a local cafe, it’s up to you to find it — and now is the perfect time, so you’ll be prepared when that first test rolls around.

3. Go to class (and be prepared)!

Though this may seem like an obvious one, you’d be surprised how many students choose to skip the first few classes of college, thinking that the real lessons won’t begin until later. Well, they couldn’t be more wrong! On the first day of college, your professors will probably review the syllabus and talk about the plan for the semester. They’re also likely to list their office hours and contact information. Be sure to bring a notebook and pen with you so you can jot down this important information. Some professors also start lecturing on the first day, so it’s critical to come prepared.

4. Buy your books.

As soon as you know what textbooks you need, go out and buy them during the first week of college, so you can start on your reading assignments right away. Falling behind and not knowing what’s going on in class is not a great way to begin college!

College is a lot more fast-paced than high school. Assigned reading begins right away, and professors will not be sympathetic to your excuses. By the second class, you should have your textbook purchased and your assignments completed. Also, books can sell out, so whether you’re planning on purchasing them in the campus bookstore or ordering them online, it’s best to do so as soon as possible.

5. Find a good grocery store.

Now that you’re living on your own (and don’t have a fridge that magically restocks itself), you’re going to have to learn to feed yourself. At some point during your first week of college, go out and find the nearest (and cheapest) grocery store. Even if you are on a meal plan, it’s a good idea to keep a stockpile of food in your room, as you may miss a meal, have a late-night craving or simply get sick of the dining hall offerings.

6. Fill out your calendar.

Once you’ve gone to all your classes and learned about the requirements of each, jot down all of your major deadlines for the semester in a planner or calendar. Presentations? Term papers? Exams? It’s important to know when all of them are (particularly in relation to each other) so that you can manage your time effectively.

7. Get familiar with your campus.

Unless you paid incredibly close attention on your campus tour, chances are you’re still a little unsure where everything is on campus. In your first week of college, spend some time walking around and finding the buildings your classes are held in, your friends’ dorms and the library. It’s particularly important to find your classrooms before the first day of classes, as this can often be a challenge. Instead of wandering around the day of, take a quick tour the day before classes start to find out exactly where you need to be. You’ll be stress-free on the first day, and what’s more, you’ll be sure to arrive to class on time and snag a good seat!

8. Relax and enjoy yourself.

Your first week of college will be packed with exciting classes, meetings and events –- it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the things going on. Make sure you take time to relax and enjoy it! Meet your roommates for lunch in the dining hall or have a cup of coffee at that cool off-campus cafe. Your college will probably offer a bunch of freshman orientation events and gatherings throughout the first week of college, so take the opportunity to make the most of them and share your stories with new friends who just went through the very same thing.

We decided to suggest one more tip: try to find a flexible part-time job. We suggest trying to find a job on-campus, since they already know you have classes, and studying! Ask any upper classmen you meet where they found their first college job!

Another great flexible job is with SeekingSitters. SeekingSitters allows you to create your own schedule, & that is great for college students!



Summer Sitting

Summer is fast approaching and it is never too early to start lining up a summer job. Babysitting would be a great job to consider having for the summer because many families are looking for someone to watch their kids during the day while they are at work.

SeekingSitters is a safe and reliable referral services that matches families with babysitters to watch their children. If you are interested in babysitting for a SeekingSitters family look at the qualifications listed below to see if you qualify.

SeekingSitters Qualifications:

  • You have to be at least 18 years old
  • You must have an extended amount of prior childcare experience with children that range for all ages
  • You must have your own form of transportation that is reliable
  • You must be certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • You must be able to pass the background screening process
  • You must have daily access to the internet so that you can log-in to your online account each day.
  • You must receive a positive reference from prior babysitting families or child care employment

Babysitters who work for SeekingSitters come from a variety of different backgrounds and stages of life. The SeekingSitters babysitting staff is made up college students, moms and teachers who looking for a job that provides flexible hours that will work around their busy schedules. Many of our babysitters love working for SeekingSitters because it allows them to earn extra money and connects them with loving families who appreciate them. Whatever background you come from or stage you are in your life, if you are interested in babysitting this summer and you hold the qualifications that SeekingSitters requires, SeekingSitters might be a great service for you to apply to, to get connected with a family.

Do You Qualify? Become a part of a babysitting team!

At SeekingSitters, it is easy for Professional Sitters to have fun and safe babysitting jobs around your schedule. Whether you are looking to fill in additional jobs around your current families or looking for an easier way to manage your overall schedule, SeekingSitters is the perfect opportunity because SeekingSitters works for you by finding you babysitting jobs around your hours and your preferences.

As a Professional Sitter, you must have extensive child-care experience to become an approved sitter through SeekingSitters. You must know how to handle care for all ages of children: infant to school aged children. And especially handle care for multiple children of different ages at the same time. You must be reliable, professional and trustworthy and as a minimum, meet the qualifications described below. SeekingSitters does not provide any type of babysitting skills training.

Our sitters come from many different backgrounds and age groups. Some of our sitters are working mothers earning extra income for their family. Some are teachers working during the summers. And some are college students working while attending school. To find out if SeekingSitters is for you, review the qualifications below and apply today!

  • At least 18 years of age
  • You must have extensive prior childcare experience with children of all ages.
  • You must have your own reliable transportation.
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications (or willing to obtain).
  • Must pass background screening process.
  • Must have access to the internet and the ability to login daily to your online account.
  • Positive references from prior babysitting or child care employment.

New Year! Goals for 2012

It is a New Year! Have you made goals for 2012? Post some of your goals- we’d love to hear what you have planned for 2012.

With the New Year comes new opportunities, new ideas, new babysitting jobs, and so much more! When New Year’s Even come around- it is time for reflecting the past year and getting ready for the year to come. Try setting goals for the next year and work each week to achieve those goal. Success doesn’t happen overnight. To reach goal- it takes time and persistence.

First, set some long-term goals for the year. Next, set a few short-term goals that will help to achieve the long-term goals you have set. It is good to set short-term goals or “steps” to help achieve the long-term goals. Setting short-term goals will help make achieving your long-term goals look less monstrous.

As babysitters, it is fun to set goals for each babysitting event. While sitting for a family- you can set goals for the day, just like a day schedule. Setting a schedule for the day helps keep everyone keep the same goals in mind. Have the children help set the “goals” or day schedule so that they feel that they have part in the activities they do. You can even have the children draw pictures for each item on the schedule-show what activities and meal times they will have.

Hope each of you have a fabulous 2012! Set some long-term goals for yourself and don’t forget to post them for us!

Babysitting S.T.Y.L.E.

uKnwB-nJoLJ-BBclY-braceletSeekingSitters is looking for Professional Sitters that meet the overall SeekingSitters Babysitting S.T.Y.L.E.

Please review these topics to make sure you have what it takes to become an approved SeekingSitters’ Certified Sitter!

  • Safety: Safety is each Certified Sitters’ 1st Priority. Each Professional Sitter is licensed in CPR and First Aid and SeekingSitters monitors the status of their certifications.
  • Time: Certified Sitters use their time wisely by interacting with children by engaging in play or activities. T.V. time is kept to a minimum. Each sitter arrives with a backpack full of fun activities tailored around each child’s age. Additionally, the sitter is required to arrive on time to each sitting event!
  • Yack: Yacking on the cell phone or with visitors is limited only to emergencies. Certified Sitters take their job seriously!
  • Look: Each sitter referred through SeekingSitters represents the overall look and mannerism of a Professional Sitter. Sitters arrive in their SeekingSitters T-shirt so that they are recognizable when arriving at your home.
  • Exit: When leaving a family’s home, your Certified Sitter leaves your home as it was or better when they arrived; picking up toys, dishes, etc. from the baby sitting event.

Do you have Babysitting S.T.Y.L.E.? Apply now!

Professional Sitter Qualifications

website32At SeekingSitters, it is easy for Professional Sitters to have fun and safe babysitting jobs around your schedule. Whether you are looking to fill in additional jobs around your current families or looking for an easier way to manage your overall schedule, SeekingSitters is the perfect opportunity because SeekingSitters works for you by finding you babysitting jobs around your hours and your preferences.

As a Professional Sitter, you must have extensive child-care experience to become an approved sitter through SeekingSitters. You must know how to handle care for all ages of children: infant to school aged children. And especially handle care for multiple children of different ages at the same time. You must be reliable, professional and trustworthy and as a minimum, meet the qualifications described below. SeekingSitters does not provide any type of babysitting skills training.

Our sitters come from many different backgrounds and age groups. Some of our sitters are working mothers earning extra income for their family. Some are teachers working during the summers. And some are college students working while attending school. To find out if SeekingSitters is for you, review the qualifications below and apply today!

  • At least 18 years of age (average age, 23)
  • You must have extensive prior childcare experience with children of all ages.
  • You must have your own reliable transportation.
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications (or willing to obtain).
  • Must pass background screening process.
  • Must have access to the internet and the ability to login daily to your online account.
  • Positive references from prior babysitting or child care employment.

Sitting for People You Can Trust

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At SeekingSitters, we are concerned about the safety of our sitters so much that we screen the background of every member family or member company that signs up for use of our service. Through our in-house investigation company, Hide and Seek USA Investigations, we are able to perform a thorough investigation of every applicant. Event locations will even be verified when a sitting event takes place outside of the home.

Every background screening is performed by an in-house investigator who personally reviews public records. It is important that each investigation does not only rely on database information because so much can be overlooked without a hands on review of the members’ application and their background history information. To find out more information about Hide and Seek’s extensive screening process review our Background Investigations 101 article.

In addition to screening our members, we are always available to listen and support our sitters when they might have a situation arise at a member’s home. We will work with the sitter to always make sure she feels that she is in a safe environment and able to perform her duties as a Contract Professional Sitter to the best of her ability.

Every SeekingSitters Member is Screened for:

  • Member identity verification
  • Sex offender screening
  • Criminal record screening
  • Demographic Risk

Seeking a Way to Make a Difference

Volunteering has always been close to the heart of SeekingSitters. We encourage the Sitters to get involved in their communities and reach the families around them.

Christina, the Super Sitter, wrote an article, How Do I Love Thee, for SeekingSitters February Newsletter about deciding to show people that we care and gave some great ideas on how to get involved in your community.

In light of the recent (May 24, 2011) devastating tornadoes that hit Joplin, MO, SeekingSitters wanted to let people know about ways you can help the victims that are now without homes, clothes, food, among many other necessities.

The Red Cross estimates that it will spend as much as $41 million responding to the disasters that have affected the country since March 31, and to date, about $33.6 million has been raised in donations for these responses. Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

  • Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation
  • Mail  donation to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013
  • Calling 1-800-Red-Cross to donate

Sitters LOVE SeekingSitters!


I chose SeekingSitters for my preferred babysitting referral service because I valued the history behind the company’s start. Safety is a very important aspect to babysitting and I admire how SeekingSitters places this above all in their services. SeekingSitters not only has made my search for babysitting jobs more convenient, but has also made my search safer as well. By providing background checks on both the sitters and the families I feel safe and secure in any job that I take. I would recommend SeekingSitters to everyone. Babysitting has been flipped upside down and the innovativeness of SeekingSitters is fully responsible for this amazing change.

Brittany C., Hampton Roads

 

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