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.