Library Corner: Babysitting tips for teens
Babysitting is a great way for young entrepreneurs to make extra cash.
Looking after and playing with kids is not only fun, but it's also a valuable service for parents. You do have to keep in mind that it's not only about the fun –- at the end of the day, babysitting is child care. When parents hire you, they are trusting you with their kids, so you need to be prepared and confident that you can handle common situations. That’s why you should consider taking a babysitting training course or getting certified in CPR and first aid.
At the library, we can help you get started with the fun and activities aspect of looking after children at our upcoming program for teen, “Create a Babysitting Toolkit.” On Feb. 23 at 4 p.m., we’ll show you how to create a bag full of fun games and activities that little ones will enjoy. We also encourage you to ask us about recommendations for books that children will be sure to love.
To learn even more about becoming an expert babysitter consider checking out these books:
•"Babysitting Activities: Fun with Kids of all Ages" by Wendy Ann Mattox is a guide for pre-teens and teens on age-appropriate activities for entertaining children while babysitting.
•"Don't Sit on the Baby: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled, and Safe Babysitting" by Halley Bondy provides advice, tips, and strategies for teenagers who want to find, keep, and excel at part-time babysitting jobs.
•"Everything you Need to Know About Being a Baby-Sitter: A Teen's Guide to Responsible Child Care" by Aileen Weintraub discusses the responsibilities and challenges of being a baby-sitter, including child care, staying safe, handling emergencies, negotiating, and networking.
Other upcoming programs at the Hope Mills Library:
•Paws for Reading: Thursday, 4 p.m. Read a book with our dog friends from Love on a Leash!
•Birds Need Kindness, Too: Friday, 11 a.m. Help out our feathered friends by listening to stories and making a bird treat for your yard. We'll check in on a bald eagle live nest cam! 3-6 years.
Hope Mills Branch is located at 3411 Golfview Dr., call 425-8455 for more information or visit cumberland.lib.nc.us.
Allison Hornbeck is a youth service library associate at Hope Mills Library.