My first babysitting job was so much harder than I expected. It wasn’t because the kids were projectile puking or getting in a food fight in the middle of the kitchen. They just refused to listen to anything I said.
I’d ask them to eat their dinner, and they refused. It was pizza! What kid refuses to eat pizza? (Side note: other than getting paid at the end of the job, I love when my employers order us pizza for dinner!) When it was bedtime – the same bedtime they have with their parents every single night – they acted as if I had no idea what was going on and told me they didn’t have a bedtime.
It was a rough job and after that job, I wasn’t very confident in my babysitting skills. I thought, “Maybe I’m just not cut out to be a babysitter. Maybe I should explore pet sitting. At least Fluffy the cat can’t talk back!” But I’m a Safe Sitter®. I was equipped with the knowledge, practice, and tools I needed to be the BEST babysitter.
So, I didn’t give up. Instead, I learned some bad behavior hacks that literally saved my life as a babysitter. And, made the kids like me and respect me. It was a win across the board. Check out my video on bad behavior hacks. You might want to take some notes on this video and keep them handy for your next babysitting job. Trust me, you’ll thank me later!