What Responsibilities Does a Babysitter Have?

Trying to figure out your responsibilites as a sitter? Here is some advice that can help.

babysitter responsibilities

Do you have to do the kids' laundry? Is it your responsibility to get the children ready for bed? As much as we would like a blueprint for babysitting, there really isn't one. A babysitter's responsibilities depend on each family's individual situation, needs, and expectations.

Babysitting responsibilities can include:

  • Cooking/feeding
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Changing diapers
  • Preparing bottles
  • Transportation (bringing the kids to soccer practice, picking them up from school, etc.)
  • Helping with homework
  • Making snacks
  • Getting the kids ready for bed
  • Playtime/lessons (reading to them, doing crafts, etc.)

For some babysitting jobs, additional responsibilities will equal more pay. Some families may ask you to make dinner and will compensate you for it. If you have to drive the kids to after-school activities, a family may give you gas money. If a family is looking for something very specific (a babysitter to help with math tutoring, for example), you may be paid more for your specialty.

The best way to determine your full responsibilities is to check the job advertisement. More importantly, be sure to always discuss specific expectations at the job interview.

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