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.

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15 Oct · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Coming Full Circle with Safe Sitter®

Samuel Hudson-Knowlton has a special relationship with Safe Sitter®. He learned its life and safety skills as a student, applied those skills as a hero, then became a Safe Sitter® Instructor once he turned 18.

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12 Jul · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Parks Find Safe Sitter® Is Perfect Program for Preteens

Parks care about providing relevant programming that helps all members of their community be happy, healthy, and safe. But some groups are easier to serve than others. That’s why Kristy White says Westfield Washington Township Parks offers Safe Sitter® to the young teens in its community.

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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.

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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.

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24 May · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Safe Sitter® Supplies Education and Inspiration

We know Safe Sitter® saves lives. Sometimes, it changes the course of them as well. Kimberly Foster readily admits she wouldn’t be where she is today if not for Safe Sitter®. A Safe Sitter® Instructor at Baxter Regional Medical Center since 2010, Kimberly took the class when she was 13 at the same hospital where she now works as a registered nurse.

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24 May · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

This Hospital Has Its Own ‘Teen Scene’

As we all know, the teen years can be difficult ones. By offering a spectrum of classes just for adolescents, including Safe Sitter®, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is doing what it can to help teens make the transition to responsible young adults.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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