Babysitting jobs for 13 year olds aren’t too hard to find, but they are quite demanding compared to others. Some certain skills are required, as taking care of a baby isn’t at all a simple task. Let’s go ahead and get your queries about babysitting jobs answered, shall we?
We will start with the most basic questions: who, what and how.
First of all, who should look into taking up this job? 13 year olds who have an affinity for kids, who love being around them and are able to take care of them in a tense situation are perfect candidates to be babysitters.
Secondly, what requirements are there for babysitting jobs for 13 year olds? You should have the necessary skills required to look after kids and are capable of handling a situation where kids are involved. Your duties may include changing diapers, feeding meals, supervising play, bathing kids and putting them to bed.
There are people who are naturally trained for babysitting, considering they have younger siblings for whom they have to care at an early age. What if you don’t have any experience? You can volunteer to help at a group activity like an after-school tutoring program, a kids’ day camp, or vacation Bible school at your church.
Another great way for 13 year olds to learn babysitting skills is through classes. The American Red Cross offers a Babysitter’s Training Course, as do local community education groups.
Lastly, how to get these jobs? Spread the words in your neighborhood or school or via your parents that you are available. You can also make flyers of the same and stick it in the neighborhood, or your school bulletin board. Along with giving an ad, you can have a template prepared with your basic info and contact details and a brief write up of the duties that you take up as well as the rates you will charge. Showing a good attitude when you first meet the parents is a must too.
When at the job, show that you are a responsible babysitter. Follow the rules the parents set up. Carry with you things that you think the kid will enjoy (according to their age) activity books, blocks, animated films, etc. Telling stories may help to keep the kid entertained and out of mischief. Try to keep yourself cool even in the most difficult situations. Always take a set of emergency numbers from the parents so that in case there is an emergency, you know what to do.
And most importantly, don’t look at it as a job that needs to be done with. Think of it as spending time with the kid and you’ll find it easier to connect and bond, which will get the kid to like you and hence cooperate more.