Surviving a Night of Babysitting
Babysitting is what one makes of it. A night of babysitting does not have to be full of kicking, screaming, or boredom. Different children act differently toward babysitters. Patience is key. The child is most likely to react similar to the adult’s behavior toward him or her. Interaction is mandatory. Children long for attention and the night goes much more smoothly when children are stimulated properly.
First, the babysitter needs to learn who the child is; also, make the child aware of whom their babysitter is. A child who normally kicks, screams, and acts out is a child searching for true attention and interaction. Children of different ages have different concerns and attitudes about a babysitter. The babysitter decides whether the night ends with the child requesting an encore or requesting a different babysitter. Many children will be stubborn due to the overall situation of the presence of a babysitter or even the absence of their parents or guardians. In the case of an adolescent, the babysitter can assure him or her of appropriate treatment in regard to the age. With a younger child, use comfort. A babysitter should assure the child, in whatever way possible, of their interest in them and what they like to do! Next, the sitter must practice patience. If the babysitter is impatient and resentful of the child or the situation, they babysitter, will most likely, receive the same attitude from the child as a form of retaliation. Accept that children are going to make mistakes. Their behavior tends to reflect their upbringing. Therefore, it is suggested and very important, the babysitter does not overreact. Take into consideration, even adults make mistakes. Do not expect the same behavior an adult portrays, from a child. The mistake the child usually makes should be minimal, anyway, if the babysitter is paying attention. The babysitter may even acquire some respect from the child for handling their mistake so patiently....
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