How to Instantly Become a Better Babysitter

Jobs can be a drag, but babysitting is an obligation that many people actually find fun!

After all, who doesn't love easy cash and cute kids, amirite?

But if you feel like you just haven't quite nailed the art of caring after the kids with ease, below are some easy ways to instantly make yourself a better babysitter:

Characters from adventures in babysitting look confused

(Adventures in Babysitting via Disney Channel)

Get Crafty!

You don't have to be Picasso here. Scissors, markers, crayons, paper, glue and stickers go a long way with little ones. Put the items out on a table and let them go wild.

 

Be Sure to Clean Up Thoroughly

If a mess happens on your watch, clean it up. Use this also as a teaching lesson for the kids that it's important to pick up after our messes. The parents will not only appreciate coming home to a clean living space, but they'll also admire what you've instilled in their kids.

 

Make Strollers Your Best Friend

A stroller will come in handy, especially if you need to get your steps in for the day. Grab the cuties a snack, throw on your sneakers and let them explore the world, while you get some fresh air at the same time. Talk about a win-win for everyone.

 

Hit the Park

Let those kids run around and get all that energy out. After all, they have endless amounts. Slides, monkey bars and jungle gyms—you'll be a hero in their eyes! And the best part is after a day at play, they'll likely be ready for a nap (which means you get to finally relax, too!)

 

Snacks, Snacks and More Snacks

The key to your heart is probably food, so little ones are no different. Make sure you always have crackers, fruit, veggies, and water on hand for the kids you're tending to. Little ones eat like clockwork.

 

Have Them Write Mom and Dad a Letter

When the kids really miss mom and dad, grab some paper and a pen and let them put their feelings to paper. This is a great gift for when the parents return, and it helps kids not only learn about their feelings, but it will also help calm them down. And of course the parents will pat you on the back for encouraging such loving behavior.

 

Babysitting is one of many things we strive to be better at, but if you're having trouble figuring out how to be a better BFF, click HERE for some tips!