Red Cross and Safesitter are tried and true methods. Your local hospital or community center may also offer a class. You CAN get certified online, but I do not recommend this unless you are getting recertified for the millionth time (I have been certified a grand total of 12 times... more
I do the indoor pool, rock climbing (in door, at facility,) hiking, biking (if the kids are old enough), the library, any free art classes or little programs I can get my hands on. Get em' out of the house! I also have parents reimburse me for the occasional groupon-... more
I listed having younger siblings as babysitting experience when I first started- I watched my two year old brother at age 11 and then neighbors started working with me too. I don't see why having a child shouldn't count- go ahead and mention it. Also, be sure and... more
As a teenager, I never worried about it. Quite frankly, the IRS has bigger things to worry about than going after kids who just want a little extra cash. Small gigs and date nights aren't really what they are after- they want the people that do this full time... more
Say 25-27 but negotiate down to 22-23 if that's what you are comfortable with.
Depends on your state and how many children you are planning on caring for. Virginia is really strict about in home daycares being actually licensed if they operate for more than so many hours. Is your home baby-proofed? Is the babysitting regular or just once in a while? How old... more
I do it as far in advance as humanly possible, and then remind the parents of the date at 3 months, 2 months, 1 month, and then two weeks and then one week (always in writing/over text and screenshotted). Parents will still forget- I once had someone call me... more
I've been babysitting since I was eleven, and had a steady client base in place by the time I was fourteen. Experience aside, CPR and first aid training are a must no matter how young/old you are. Don't let it lapse and be prepared to use it... more