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Last edited at 8:32AM on 6/3/2012
Ask a lot of questions. Where are the emergency numbers? What are the neighbors' names and numbers? What should I make the kids for lunch/dinner? Do they have any allergies? Are they allowed to have snacks? What can they not eat? When is their bedtime? (Ask questions about meal and bedtime routines if applicable) Also, agree on a fixed rate. If you don't specify a rate, and they give you, say, $20 and you were there all day, that is BS and puts you in an awkward situation. Tell them up front what your hourly rate is.
Also, this single tip that I'm going to share with you is what gets me rehired everytime (and the parents tell other parents how awesome I am): CLEAN UP. If you make any meals, do all dishes, run the dishwasher, and if it gets done, put the dishes away. Clean the table and the kitchen counters. Pick up the toys the kids left out. Everytime I do this, when the mom gets home, she looks around, breathes a sigh of relief, and says "OMG, you rock" and gives me a tip on top of what she was going to pay anyway.
Don't take on too much at once. Start with one child and work your way up. This helps keep you from getting overwhelmed and helps you to gain confidence and experience. Stay clam, and have fun with it.
Stay off they phone, don't have any of your friends over while babysitting and always cleanup after yourself and the kids. Have funny with the kids your watching, play games with them and entertain them. Always have numbers to reach parents and know where they will be.
There are courses on being a good babysitter at http://www.redcross.org/ under the category "Get Trained Babysitting". The Red Cross has loads of great tips and courses on how to be a good babysitter and once you are CPR and babysitter certified, parents will be lining up at your door. Good luck
Know what to do if they choke. I can't imagine anything worse than a parent coming home to see that their child had died while a baby sitter was watching them. Also, clean the house a little, you may get paid more. Also, be nice to the child so they trust and will listen to you.