College students, this one is for you! I know all too well that finding a good job and managing your money is almost as hard as trying to pass that complicated Biology class. If you are having this issue, maybe try giving babysitting a shot. I know it is not for all of us, but it is an easy way to earn quick cash.

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I started babysitting for a few of my family members when I was about 12 years old. Obviously money is like a foreign language at that age, so making $5 an hour for 3 hours was like hitting the jackpot. I ended up loving it so much that I still do some babysitting when I get the chance. It has proven to be one of the best part-time jobs.

One of the most difficult parts of working and being in school is finding time to study. Babysitting makes it simple. Once you get the child/children settled, you have plenty of time to get your studying in.

As easy as the job is, there are a few things that babysitters as well as the parents need to know to ensure the safety of every child.

As a parent, there are a few things that you need to inform your babysitter of before leaving the house:

  • Most important, make sure to leave to all contact and emergency information somewhere easy to find (refrigerator or cabinet door for example) in case something should happen.
  • Make a list of any allergies the child may have or any medication that the child may need to take before bedtime or at some point in the day.
  • Let the babysitter know any rules like bedtime, bath time, and how long they are allowed to use electronics.
  • Make sure to leave a key to the house in case the babysitter, if permitted, were to take the child anywhere as in the park or for food.
  • If your child is still a baby or toddler, make sure to have all necessities like diapers, formula, food, clothing etc. in one area.

As a babysitter, you should also inform the parents of a few things:

  • Give them your phone number as well as emergency contacts for you if something should happen.
  • Inform them of illnesses like epilepsy or asthma so they know there could potentially be an issue (make sure to bring your proper medication with you and do not attempt to watch any children if you know that something will happen health wise or if a doctor tells you not to).
  • And most importantly, know that children are like treasure to parents and they should be treated as your own child when in your care.

These are just a few helpful tips for a job that quite simple and very enjoyable. Its a proven fact, "No matter how old you are, when I small child hands you a toy phone and says, 'It's for you!' you better look like answering that very important phone call.

Have a great summer Dawgs!