There’s a million of them but the big ones are probably these. 1) Know the parents and the kids. If you know the parents don’t allow for the kids to have something at certain times then the kids won’t try and trick you into doing something that goes against that rule. Also you are less likely to be fooled if you know the kids tend to do those tricks. 2) Know your limit. If you get a call to look after ten kids for an evening and you know you can’t handle more than about 4 then walk away or get some help with the parents okay. 3) Understand the growing patterns. Ever heard of the terrible two’s? Two year olds are very hard headed and hard to look after because of their fearlessness and unmatched energy. If you know what to expect you can make shore you pack a little trick up your slave to help you control them.