Like a substitute teacher, you are watching the kids while the real teachers (in this case, the parents) are away. Most substitutes will leave a short note about what happened while the teacher was gone. A Babysitter's Report is your "substitute notes" for the family.
These notes should detail anything the parents need to know about (who ate what for dinner, why one child was sent to a time out). The children you are sitting for may leave forms with you that their parents need to sign. They may discuss ideas for the Science Fair. They may brag about a winning goal or complain about bullying or a bad day. All of these details need to be shared with their parents.
Most babysitters have a notebook where they give daily updates on the children's activities. Include here any other important details, tasks, or conversations. Even if you are babysitting for only one night, leaving notes for the parents is always a good idea. You can let them know if the children went to bed on time and whether anyone complained of a stomachache. The more detailed you are, the more responsible and attentive you appear. Do this and you're likely to score another job with the family soon.
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Tiffany Smith is the senior associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter @tiffanyiswrite.