Teens can learn all they need to become savvy sitters with this guide.
Straightforward, engaging prose leads readers through an explanation of the job, including a babysitter personality quiz and a swift primer on child development. Continuing the practical approach, the next section highlights tasks that a babysitter will perform, such as feeding and bedtime. There are also much-needed and welcome topics like disciplining the children and how the babysitter should take care of his or her own needs, too. The section on turning babysitting jobs into a business will be especially useful for teens who don't have much job experience, with advice on how much to charge and such obligations as taxes. "Safety First!" sidebars throughout the guide offer advice on performing CPR and spotting signs of child abuse, while "Tales from the Crib" feature teens talking about the good and bad aspects of sitting, like getting to know the kids and how to understand parental expectations.
This book’s friendly tone and common-sense advice suit both brand-new sitters and those who are looking to improve their skills. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)