How to Survive a Night of Babysitting

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How to Survive a Night of Babysitting

Have you ever been asked to babysit? You may have immediately pictured yourself surrounded by sweet little angel kids, watching a movie while eating a snack. At the end of the night, you receive a generous check from the happy parents. Unfortunately, this daydream is nowhere near reality. The following are some instructions that might be helpful on this night of babysitting. The first thing you will need to do is stop at Starbucks for an extra-large, double shot latte. It would also help to bring along some chocolate for those stressful moments you are guaranteed to have, but do not let the kids see it. Second, have a notepad and pencil handy to jot down cell phone numbers, emergency numbers, and any other special instructions. The parents will most likely be rushing out the door while giving harried instructions at the same time, and you will not remember everything they say unless you write it down. After the parents leave, the most important thing to do is locate the diapers and wipes. It will save you from having to hunt them down later, when there is an “emergency.” When the kids have settled down, and have adjusted to you being there, put the frozen pizza in the oven and set the timer. While the pizza is baking, get creative and entertain the kids. They will most likely be wining to eat, so any distraction will help. As soon as the food is ready, grab bibs, bottles, plates, napkins, and whatever else you need to make this a successful meal. You might have to grab a jar of pureed carrots out of the pantry for the baby. Do not feed the baby pizza! After dinner, it is time to give the kids a bath. Begin by putting on a rain poncho, or you will be soaked for the rest of the evening. When bath time is finished, it is time to settle down for some peace and quiet and a nice movie. After ten minutes of the kids arguing over which movie to watch, you pick a movie and threaten to put them to bed...
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