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User in Ridgewood, NJ
June 24, 2018

I was wondering, when you are baby sitting, if you can do homework while watching the children. I would of course help them with their's, but can I do mine while they do theirs? Thanks,

-Jennifer

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User in Fitchburg, MA
April 13, 2017

Hi There, I typically bring my homework with me to do only if the children go to sleep before the parents get home. I try to focus all of my attention on the children (I know I will not do as well on mine either if I am not giving it myu full attention.) -Mary-Kate

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I would always do homework after I would put all the children to sleep. A lot of my previous nanny/baby sitting jobs happened in the evenings. After both children were in bed I would utilize whatever time I had left over to do homework. Usually the kids were in bed by 7pm and their parents would come home by 9pm-10pm which gave me quite a bit of time to do homework. Even if the child was permitted to watch their favorite movie, I found it very difficult to focus and keep all my attention on the children and put accurate work into my tasks for school. It's better to have fun activities that that engage the child. Usually when it was nap time or bed time the child was more tired and struggled less to fall asleep!

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User in Madison, WI
Oct. 11, 2016

As long as their homework comes before yours, I would say it's probably okay. But you should ask the parents because they are the only people who can say yes/no to that. Present it as modeling how the children should do their homework, and they probably won't have an issue with it.

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I don't see why not, as not long the child is next to you, and as long as you help them with their homework if needed.

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You should treat this job just as you would any other job. If you worked at the mall would you get in trouble if you busted out your homework? Or if you worked in an office, could you do your homework there? They aren't paying you to do your homework, why would they? 

However, during naps or after bedtime, would be okay.

The exception to this rule, is if you are doing someone a last minute favor. Your school is important and helping someone out shouldn't get in the way your education. Last minute emergency situations are unplanned so you wouldn't have had a chance to do it prior to babysitting...

If that makes sense... Hope that helps!

Angie

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Of course you can do yours too. The priority is them and their homework though. However, if they have no problems, you can do your homework until they finish theirs for example.

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I would not babysit and tutor at the same time

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Reeta in Clifton, VA
May 30, 2018

I would not suggest it. Treat babysitting as a professional job. Homework outside of babysitting hours or when children are sleeping/taking a nap but still be professional and alert as the children's safety should be priority and homework especially if you are concentrated on it can be a distraction from the safety of the children.

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Madeleine in Troy, MI
March 28, 2018

I feel that it would be appropriate to ask the family for whom you are babysitting whether or not they are comfortable with that. Some children require more supervision than others (due to an especially young age or special needs, etc...), so in my experience I have chosen to follow the preferences of the children's parents/guardians. Hope this helps!

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Pamela in Reno, NV
Feb. 2, 2018

Tutor them first, then do yours while they do theirs.

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Sandra in Briggs, TX
Oct. 24, 2017

No, that is a bad idea, unless they are asleep. Even then, you need to check on the every little bit to make sure they are still asleep and safe. They can get into trouble so quick! And put your phone where you can hear it ring, but don't text or use it except to communicate with the parents or in an emergency situation.

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No. You cannot do your own homework while earning money to babysit. During that time, you are there not just as babysitter, but as mentor, guide, cheerleader, tutor, adult example setter, and person in charge. Do you own work on YOUR time, not the children's time of whom you are in charge.

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Yes it is acceptable and normal, sometimes it can even get the child you're watching, more interested in school

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It's okay if the children are like asleep or preoccupied and in sight. As long as you know they are safe and that you are keeping a watchful eye it should be no problem.

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Keghina in Primos, PA
Aug. 18, 2017

You should discuss that with the parent/guardian to see if they would approve.

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Hi Jennifer! From my experience, most of the time, yes you can definitely do your own homework, but it depends on the family/student(s) you have and the amount of work you need to focus on with the children you're with. Of course, do not press anyone to let you do homework during the first couple of sessions because that will probably make you look like you are not as interested in babysitting the children in general, but if it's a one-time gig and you really need to do homework, don't be afraid to ask the family in question. From my experience, I see that families appreciate questions of any sort that involve babysitting their children, it shows that you are giving an effort to be with their children. I hope this helps! Kind regards, Joselaine

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Not unless they are sleeping. You are there to be their everything and give them undivided attention. The other caviat would be if the parents bring it up and say that it's OK.

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Generally speaking, yes, you can work on homework while babysitting. However, this depends on the children's needs and the responsibilities you've agreed to with the family. If you're not sure whether it's okay, ask the family you're working for.

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User in Irvine, CA
Jan. 25, 2017

I recommend if the child is really struggling then don't if not then go for it.

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User in Acworth, GA
Dec. 4, 2016

If they are doing their homework, I would not see why you could not do your homework as well. If they ask a question or need help I would be attentive to their needs. However, if they are doing something different then I would not recommend doing your homework unless they are sleeping or watching a movie.

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This is something that I would ask each individual family. The way I tutor, I don't like to be watching them do their work over their shoulder because I think that hinders their abilities. At the same time, I don't want to just be sitting there. I will do my homework as they are doing theirs but whenever they have any questions I will put off my work to answer their questions.

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User in Longwood, FL
Oct. 19, 2016

I think it would be ok to do your homework as long as you are still fully aware of what the kids are doing. If you're sitting at the dining room table with them, you would be setting a positive example of good study habits. I would advise against using apps on your phone to complete your homework--it's too easy to get distracted from being a responsible babysitter.

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I do, don't get a lot done. However, it helps the child see that you too do homework. Check with the parent first that is always a good rule of thumb. 

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User in Elkhart, IN
Oct. 18, 2016

Hi!  As an educator and professional tutor, I am concerned that you know how to help a child with his or her homework and not do it for the child.  This is essential!  You are not instructing or supporting them by actually doing the work.  Too many well-meaning babysitters fall into this trap!!  "Hurdle help" is one thing - concentrating on concepts, but doing the practice for them is another.

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Hi Jennifer, 

If I were you I would definitely help the children with their homework and save yours for when you are by yourself.  It would really help the parents to get the kids homework done and if you are doing your homework you won't be able to make sure that their work is being done correctly.  

You also won't be able to focus your full attention on your homework either.  The best thing to do is one thing at a time.  I think that Natasha had a good idea and if they're in bed you can get some of it done. 

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User in Carnegie, PA
Oct. 2, 2016

No. You arent there for yourself! You need to be supervising the children and taking care of all of their needs

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User in Soquel, CA
Oct. 1, 2016

I do. But I honestly don't get much done; as I'm mainly helping the children. By doing Homework also your helping teach good study habits and organization. Date night sitting is the best for doing Homework; just don't get distracted.

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Frances in Bronx, NY
July 13, 2018

As long as the child's needs are met and every time the child needs help they are helped and not neglected then you can do you homework.

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Yes, as long as your primary focus is the kids.

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I generally bring my own homework or a book to read to set a good example for my students.

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I think it would be fine for you to work on your homework while they are working on their; and as long as your are willing to help them while you are doing yours then it would be fine for you to work on yours.

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