Before you start your first project, help another babysitter. Being the first to raise a child is easy if you can enroll in your first two jobs with a knowledgeable person. For example, make a sign with your older brother or best friend before you leave on your own. It will help you get to know and participate in the project. If this is your first family project, ask if you can come along right away so that you can give the children time to spend with you. This will make you feel comfortable and give you the opportunity to ask your parents questions before you leave.
Have fun planning ideas but ask the kids what they want to do. Do not force them to sit down and complete all four puzzles you have brought, and do not come empty-handed and allow them to watch TV for hours. The best parents are the ones who interact with and play with the children.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You should always keep notices, details of parenting, and any other relevant information on the Important Note Pad. But if you have a minor problem and your notes do not help, for example how many cups of food to feed a dog or where parents left the keys to the house, just call your boss right away or send a text message.
Stay in the control of the children. Remind them that you are following your parents’ rules. Be confident and try to offer choices or make a game of what you want them to do. Remind them of the consequences of breaking the rules. Remember, children who are outside if they are in control or unhappy can hurt themselves and others.
Be your own master! You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. Always use a sweet but strong voice.
It may seem like a lot to remember but following these tips will ensure a successful start to your parenting business. It is important to be professional and have fun!