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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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12 Dec · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

What You Need To Know About Teaching Young Teens

Young teens are going through emotional, social, and physical changes so it’s important to provide them with a supportive learning environment. That starts with understanding and remembering their special characteristics and how to manage them.

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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!

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21 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Safe Sitter® Speaks a Universal Language

St. Clair Hospital teaches Safe Sitter® to Pittsburgh’s large refugee population. Vicki Fitzpatrick says she sees firsthand how the curriculum’s key concepts are able to resonate so well across cultural lines.

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21 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Before School, After School, And For A Lifetime

July may be National Make a Difference to Children Month, but to youth organizations like AYS, Inc. every day offers the chance to impact children’s lives in meaningful ways.

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21 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

She’s A Catalyst For Change

Phoebe Baquera of Life Fellowship Church lived in a community without Safe Sitter®. When she thought about what a difference it could make to her neighbors, she knew she had to act.

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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.

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15 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

The Secret of This Park Site’s Success

Nancy Jagielski of Wauconda Park District in Illinois believes park employees have a special asset that makes teaching Safe Sitter® so natural for them. Find out what that is!

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15 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

The How’s & Why’s Of Using The Digital Presentation

Sure, it looks like a trendy silicone bracelet but it’s so much more. You requested it, so the Graphics Pack went digital. Here’s how you should use it, and why you’ll always want to!

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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!

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14 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Our Best Instructors Share Their Secrets

Whether you’ve been teaching Safe Sitter® for two years or 20, you’re no doubt interested to hear how other Instructors run a successful class. Here are insights from a few of your fellow Instructors.

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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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10 Nov · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Ordering 101

Ordering materials is one of the most important jobs of a Site Coordinator. Find out all you need to know about ordering materials, including ways to submit your order, how far you should order in advance of a class, and more!

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10 Sep · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

5 Ways to Help Your Child Be a Reader

Your child may grow up in a world of emoticons and emojis, but helping him read good old-fashioned words is the single most important thing you can do to help him succeed in school.

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4 Jul · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Babysitting Duo Not Rattled by Earthquake

Madeline Knowlton and her brother Samuel live in Alaska, which ranks No. 1 among earthquakes in the United States. And even though the two young teens learned about earthquake safety in a babysitting training class, they never expected they’d need to use what they’d learned.

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4 Jul · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

This Safe Sitter® Grad Took Lifesaving Action

Alexis Muscatello used her Safe Sitter® skills to save the life of her younger brother Joel. She now has a real-life understanding of her father’s job. Todd Muscatello is the EMS Coordinator in the ER at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vermont.

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4 Jul · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Safe Sitter® Instructor Taught Her Daughter To Be A Hero

Vicki Gassman, a Safe Sitter® Instructor and Site Coordinator at a YMCA in Iowa, taught her daughter, Christina, the skills she needed to stay calm during an emergency. What she taught her daughter resulted in the 12-year-old successfully making a 9-1-1 call that certainly saved an injured man’s life.

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4 Jul · Jennifer Seward · No Comments

Teen Babysitter Manages Potentially Dangerous Situation

Most dog bites occur in or around the home, involve children under age 10, and involve dogs known to the child. So, the treatment of bites is an important part Safe Sitter’s curriculum. Safe Sitter® Graduate Allison was able to take the skills she learned and provide comfort and care to her younger brother after he experienced a dog bite.

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