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Should I babysit?

Babysitting is one of the first jobs that many people hold. Watching someone else's children can be an excellent way to learn to be responsible while earning some extra money. Babysitting is a job that is always in demand. Flyers looking for a babysitter can be posted on your supermarket's community board or listings may be found in your town's newspaper.

The first thing to consider if you should babysit or not is if you have the skills for it. Getting along with children is obviously a must. Lots of patience may also be required with kids that wish to test boundaries to see how much they can get away with while their parents

aren't around. If you were hoping to put the kids to bed early so you can call your friends for the rest of the night, you could be sorely mistaken. The challenge of babysitting is not suited for someone who cracks under pressure. Knowledge of basic first-aid is also a plus.

Just as parents are going to do what they can to see if you would make a good babysitter, you should make sure the kids are right for you as well. Please answer the questions below to see if you should babysit.

Do children usually like you?
Do children usually respect you?
Do children usually obey you?
Do you know how to take care of an infant?
Is there a demand for babysitters in your area?
Have you ever taken a class on babysitting?
Do you know first-aid?
How often do you ever smoke, drink or swear?
Do you have any references?
How often have you worked with children before?
How much could you use the extra cash or experience?
Do you usually have a lot of free time during the day or on Friday or Saturday nights?
What is the first thing you would do once the parents are gone?
What will you bring with you to babysit?
Do you know how to keep the kids entertained?
What would you do if the children you were babysitting wanted to play a game or watch a movie over and over that you couldn't stand?
How would you handle children who were misbehaving?
What would you do if you knocked over a lamp or vase while playing with the children?
How much time would you spend chatting or texting with your friends while babysitting?
What would you do if you forgot to give the children their medication at the right time?
What would you do if you found out that a major party was going to happen at the same time you agreed to babysit?