12 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

This Safe Sitter® Hero Is The Ultimate Big Brother

It’s the unofficial job of a big brother to look out for his younger siblings. Safe Sitter® Graduate Nicholas Demers not only looked out for his younger brother, he saved his life.


3 Jul · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

When Your Child Is Afraid To Stay Home Alone

Sooner or later, most tweens (age 10-13) will spend some time home alone, whether out of a busy parent’s necessity or because they’re being gently eased into greater independence. Some need reassurance about assuming what they view as a new and scary responsibility. Here’s how to ease them into it.


25 Jun · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Staying Home Alone: A Big Step In A Child’s Independence

One of the best ways you can help preteens develop the confidence they’ll need to succeed in life is by teaching them the skills to stay home alone.


1 May · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

What Age Are Kids Ready to Stay Home Alone?

As all parents know, kids mature at their own pace, so there is no magic age when kids are ready to be left home alone. Essentially, age isn’t what determines whether your child can handle the responsibility of staying home alone ─ his stage of development does.


1 May · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

5 Questions To Ask Before You Let Your Kids Stay Home Alone

It can be outright scary to think of your kids home alone, making decisions for themselves without your care and direction. Answering these five questions will help you feel more at ease about letting them care for themselves while you step out.


23 Jan · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

What You Should Ask Your Babysitter After Every Job

You return home from a night out, pay your teen babysitter, and thank her for looking after your kids. That’s all that’s required, right? Not quite. You should always dedicate a few minutes to get feedback from your sitter.


1 Jan · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

4 Things to Consider When You Cancel a Sitter

Occasionally things happen that are out of your control. Sometimes, this means a change in plans and the need to cancel a sitter. Every parent has been there. Just keep these four things in mind if you find yourself needing to cancel.


27 Dec · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

How To Advertise Your Babysitting Services Safely

Good babysitters are always in demand so it’s a great way to make money. However, even though there are lots of jobs, there can also be a lot of competition among sitters for those jobs.  You may want to stand out in the crowd, but you never want to do anything that puts you in danger.


17 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Must-Read Advice If Your Child Is Babysitting Over The Holidays

The holiday season is busy for everyone, including babysitters. If your child babysits, she may be flooded with requests from frazzled parents scrambling to find someone to handle things at home while they enjoy holiday events. Here are tips for dealing with the holiday rush.


8 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

4 Questions You Should Ask Before Taking a Babysitting Job

As a babysitter, you don’t need to say yes to every request. However, as the responsible owner of a babysitting business, you should screen every job to decide which jobs to accept and which to refuse.


1 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

What Should I Charge For My Babysitting Jobs?

Babysitting is a great way to earn money but are you unsure of what to charge? Don’t be uncomfortable discussing money. You’re providing parents with a valuable service and you deserve to be paid for it.


1 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Hiring a Babysitter Over the Holidays

For many parents, the holiday season means a desperate search for an available, qualified babysitter who’s responsible enough to handle things at home while they step out for a party or two.


26 Sep · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

How to Say Thank You to Your Babysitter

If you’ve found a dependable babysitter that your kids like and that you trust, you want to do what you can to keep that relationship going. Here are ways to thank your sitter for all she does.


3 Aug · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Picking the Best Babysitter for the Job

There’s more to babysitting than showing up on time and hanging out with your kids. Your babysitter is being asked to assume responsibility for your child’s life when you’re away. There’s no bigger job than that! Think about what type of job you’re asking your sitter to do, and pick one that’s the right fit.


29 Jun · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

After Rocky Start, This Safe Sitter® Became A Hero

When teens take a Safe Sitter® class, they learn first aid so they’re prepared for injuries that may happen when home alone, sibling sitting, or babysitting. But injuries can happen anytime and anywhere, and having the skills to deal with them can make all the difference. That’s what Safe Sitter® graduate Rebecca Barnes learned.


7 Jun · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

10 Tips When Hiring a Summer Sitter

Although parents may want to use young teens, especially siblings, to babysit during long summer days, they need to make sure it’s a good fit for everyone involved. Here are some guidelines when hiring a teenage babysitter this summer.


3 May · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

4 Things Parents Should Make Sure Their Teens Know About Choking

Choking rescue skills are a vital part of Safe Sitter’s curriculum. So far, nearly 200 lives have been saved by graduates who knew what to do in an emergency. Here’s what we teach teens about choking and why.


28 Apr · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

5 Things You Should Do to Keep Kids and Sitters Safe

It’s natural to feel a certain level of anxiety when entrusting a babysitter with your children’s care. There are five easy, but essential, things you should do before you leave that will increase both the safety of your children and your sitter as well as your peace of mind.


6 Apr · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

How Did This Safe Sitter® Save A Life?

Renea Pinney knew her 11-year-old daughter, Presly, would not willingly sign up for a babysitting class. So, she made her go. That decision, a case of “mother’s intuition”, helped save the life of her other daughter.


4 Apr · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Safe Sitter® and Scout Comes to Mother’s Aid

As a Girl Scout and Safe Sitter® one could say Gabby Bullock was doubly prepared to deal with an emergency. She was excited to babysit and loved being a big sister after being the only child for years. However, she didn’t have to use what she’d learned to help a younger sibling. She actually had to come to her mother’s aid.


1 Mar · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Preparing For Spring And Summer Safe Sitter® Classes

Safe Sitter® classes are more popular during the warmer months. Kids are out of school, and parents want to keep their kids’ summer brains active. They also want to make sure their kids can safely stay home alone or watch younger siblings while they’re at work. Plan ahead to take advantage of this golden time to teach! Here’s what Site Coordinators must do to be ready.


21 Feb · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

An Instructor’s Job Is Never Done: Teaching in Spring and Summer

With summer approaching, most school teachers are getting ready to wind down. However, as a Safe Sitter® Instructor, you may be gearing up for your busiest time of the year: spring and summer! Make sure you know what you need to do to be ready


15 Feb · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Safe Sitter® Sisters Work Together to Save a Life

Safe Sitter® grads and sisters Elaine and Tiffany Close are true to their name. They’re so close that they worked together to use what they’d learned in class about staying calm to help their younger brother through a severe asthma attack.


12 Jan · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

This Sibling Sitter Handled a Serious Situation

Twelve-year-old Becky Martin used the skills she’d learned in Safe Sitter® to retain her composure while handling what could have been a life-threatening situation.


4 Jan · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Site Coordinator Changes: What You Need to Know

Teaching Sites are most vulnerable during a Site Coordinator transition. Here’s what new Site Coordinators need to know to take the helm and keep a Safe Sitter® program going in the right direction.


14 Dec · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

4 Questions to Ask a Babysitter Before Hiring

When you think about it, a babysitter has the most important job: taking care of your children. Why then would you choose one without first interviewing her? Here’s what you need to ask.


2 Dec · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

How to Recruit the Best Instructors

Just as coaches sustain athletes’ enthusiasm for the game, Site Coordinators work to keep Instructors motivated and their Safe Sitter® program going. Here’s what you should look for—and where you can look— when recruiting new members of your Safe Sitter® team!


18 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

3 Things That Spell Disaster For Your Class

As an Instructor, you want to give your students the best learning experience possible. You also want to come away feeling that you did all you could to make the class a success. There’s no secret to having a successful class every time. It starts by avoiding three major pitfalls.


15 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Recruiting Students The Easy Way

Even when you’re super busy, you can make the student recruitment process much easier by trying a few simple things. A little effort can go a long way!


10 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

This Safe Sitter® Kept a Cool Head in the Face of Fire

After Whitney Donley took Safe Sitter® at the Healthy Living Institute at UMC in Las Vegas, she spoke about it responsibly that evening with her two younger sisters. The timing couldn’t have been better.


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