28 Mar · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Safe Sitter® Skills Go Beyond the Classroom

Teachers have the challenge of keeping up with societal trends that affect both students and families. One trend is the increasing number of young teens who are home alone, sibling sitting, or babysitting and who need to be taught the skills to stay safe in those situations. That’s why FCS Teacher Lisa Trunk teaches Safe Sitter®.


28 Feb · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

From Obstacle to Opportunity

We’ve all heard the saying about turning obstacles into opportunities. Cathedral High School is a great example. It very creatively fit a structured program like Safe Sitter® into its school summer camp experience and, according to Anthony Ernst, its become one of their strongest programs.


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.


2 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

What To Expect When Babysitting Infants

It’s hard work caring for infants. Are you prepared? You shouldn’t accept the responsibility of caring for an infant unless you have the right skills and experience. Find out why.


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.


10 Oct · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Who Teaches Teens to Be Better Babysitters?

It takes a special person to teach teens the life and safety skills they need to care for themselves and younger kids when adults aren’t around. What type of person teaches these skills and why do they do it?


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.


13 Apr · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Tips for Working with The Media

You get a call from local media about your Safe Sitter® program or life and safety training for teens in general. Great! Don’t worry. Take a deep breath. Check out these tips to help you when it’s your time to shine.


12 Apr · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Safe Sitter Teaches Kids To Be Kind

As someone who works with children, you want to teach them to be kind. Aside from being a kind adult who models caring behavior, how else can you inspire kindness in kids? You can introduce them to Safe Sitter.


12 Apr · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

How Safe Sitter® Teaches Kids To Be Safe In Parks

The life and safety skills that kids in grades 6-8 learn from Safe Sitter® help them in many ways, not just when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. These same skills can also help kids when they’re away from home.


12 Apr · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

3 Program Benefits for Community Health Educators

You’re a community health educator. Your passion is helping others be healthy, happy, and safe. Do you worry that everything you offer still doesn’t serve everyone in your community? Safe Sitter® can help.


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.


27 Mar · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

The Unruly Student: Tips on Managing Difficult Behavior

Occasionally, you may come across unforeseen, problematic behavior when you’re teaching. How you react and deal with the situation is important. Your students are constantly watching you, and they’ll pick up on your reactions and apply them to situations that occur when they’re babysitting.


24 Mar · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Filling Needs in Her Community and Beyond (Again and Again)

Safe Sitter® is not just a class; it’s a cause. It’s no wonder then that someone like Katie Maguire would choose to teach it. Katie is one of those inspiring people who sees a need and fills it. Find out why she felt so passionately about bring Safe Sitter® to her community.


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.


23 Jan · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

3 Things That Spell Disaster For Your Program

As Site Coordinator, you’re charged with making sure your Safe Sitter® program runs smoothly. You know the things you should be doing to make that happen, but are you aware of the things you shouldn’t? Here are three pitfalls you should avoid if you want your program to thrive.


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.


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