how do I entertain a 5 year old girl?

User in Hebron, OH
Oct. 13, 2016

I watch a 5 year old girl from 10-4. Anyone have an idea of a schedule I can get her on because I can't play Barbies and with baby dolls all day. Please please please. She has a mind of her own and doesn't take direction very well so I need a schedule to get her on

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You are hired to take care of her and play. NOT sit and watch T.V. I have a 5 year old and when I pay a babysitter I expect that they earned the money NOT by watching T.V. if you work hard and keep the child happy the parents are happy and possibly might pay you more.

Wow, she never mentioned anything about sitting in and watching TV all day she wants to give this girl structure and a schedule and she's asking for people's help how did this get turned around?! Rude lady

Romina in Malta, MT
Nov. 10, 2019

Did she said she CAN’T or DOESN’T WANT to give her full attention to the kid? She certainly did not. And I have to agree with her . The girl shouldn’t just play with dolls the whole day. Did she mention wanting to watch tv instead of doing her job? Maybe use your tiny brain to help instead of judge... You if you are a good mother / carer like you think you are. Then you wouldn’t have said play play play. Kids at five can start learn how to read , paint , count, play puzzle, solve some simple riddles. Lean on an instrument, learn how to sing, dance, ALOT more than just play play play. They need to train their brains.

Romina in Malta, MT
Nov. 10, 2019

You know if I don’t know how to give good advice like: paint with her. Teach her how to read , count , solve simple riddles, play music, sing , dance , play other games like hide and seek, puzzles ,etc...you know like someone who really wants to help not judge. Then my advice for you is to just keep your mouth shut. Because you’re being rude and not helpful at all...

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User in Cedar, MN
June 26, 2015

I really believe a different job entirely would benefit you, Olivia. A great babysitter gives the child full attention, whether or not it is 'fun' for the sitter. Children are supposed to 'play, play, play' all day long and a babysitter's job is to entertain, love and nurture the child she CARES for. It will likely benefit this 5 year old much more to have a patient, fun babysitter for those 6 hours rather than one who would rather watch television.

She did not mention anything about watching TV she simply asking me all for any advice on helping her kit her on a schedule that consist of someone doing something usually not saying around watching TV now days people are so hateful

Romina in Malta, MT
Nov. 10, 2019

Did she said she CAN’T or DOESN’T WANT to give her full attention to the kid? She certainly did not. And I have to agree with her . The girl shouldn’t just play with dolls the whole day. Did she mention wanting to watch tv instead of doing her job? Maybe use your tiny brain to help instead of judge... You if you are a good mother / carer like you think you are. Then you wouldn’t have said play play play. Kids at five can start learn how to read , paint , count, play puzzle, solve some simple riddles. Lean on an instrument, learn how to sing, dance, ALOT more than just play play play. They need to train their brains.

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User in Maricopa, AZ
Nov. 10, 2019

As a mother, I have to say most of the comments here are brutal and mean.  The person asked for ideas on what to do with a child who is exceptionally difficult.  I would never -ever- expect a babysitter to entertain a child every second of the time they are with them.  This creates a huge problem with children who can't 'self entertain'.  As parents do you entertain your child -every- waking moment?  No, so why should you expect a sitter to do so. That said, a schedule is indeed a good way to go.  Pick some things that you know the child likes to do.  Whatever that is, as every child is different.  Then let her do those things for a set period of time.  If she wants to play barbies, then she can play it for say 45 minutes.  Then at 5 years old she can clean up her own mess, as she should be able to do that by then.  Then switch her to another project or thing to do.  For 'down time' to either give yourself a break or to do other things like clean up lunch or something that is when  you have them watch a cartoon or color, or even play a game as many kids play games on Ipads and computers now.  This gives the sitter, or the parent for that matter, time to do other things or just a moment to relax.  It is important for some children to have a schedule and stick to it, where as others are pretty easy going.  Each child will be different. 

Yes thank you so much for this comment! I feel the same way a lot of these comments are brutal and I'm not even a parent or a sitter. Well said!

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Jason in Visalia, CA
Nov. 10, 2019

How horrible these replies are to an honest question. I googled this because I have a 5 yr old daughter, and there comes a point as a parent or caretaker, that you run out of ideas to keep your ever growing and changing child's mind fresh and away from boredom, which usually leads to poor behavior. You people should be ashamed to be so negative, but that doesn't matter. I found that making "Slime", letting her record her voice on a stereo, giving her challenges to create, has been some of the best ways to keep her entertained, but again, they are children and get bored easily. Which is why im searching for an answer as well. Don't mind the haters Olivia, they are a plague on society and unavoidable.

Thank you Dawn and Jason, you are absolutely right. Somebody asked an honest question that was met with negativity and brutality, nothing that helped the person asking for help in any way. They should be ashamed of themselves but they are not the least bit and they lack of manners as well. If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, don’t say anything.

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Put in a Disney movie and have a sing along

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You're being paid to take care of and play for their child. It is NOT her job to nurture your 18 year old needs by sitting down and watching T.V. It's YOUR job to play with her.

Romina in Malta, MT
Nov. 10, 2019

Did she said she CAN’T or DOESN’T WANT to give her full attention to the kid? She certainly did not. And I have to agree with her . The girl shouldn’t just play with dolls the whole day. Did she mention wanting to watch tv instead of doing her job? Maybe use your tiny brain to help instead of judge... You if you are a good mother / carer like you think you are. Then you wouldn’t have said play play play. Kids at five can start learn how to read , paint , count, play puzzle, solve some simple riddles. Lean on an instrument, learn how to sing, dance, ALOT more than just play play play. They need to train their brains.

Romina in Malta, MT
Nov. 10, 2019

Lady did you see her saying I want to watch tv instead of doing my job? No . You know if I don’t know how to give good advice like: paint with her. Teach her how to read , count , solve simple riddles, play music, sing , dance , play other games like hide and seek, puzzles ,etc...you know like someone who really wants to help not judge. Then my advice for you is to just keep your mouth shut. Because you’re being rude and not helpful at all...

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User in Bradenton, FL
Jan. 29, 2019

Do makeovers, paint her nails, do her hair. Basically whatever she wants.lol

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User in Montrose, CO
June 26, 2015

I think you should try and play with her as well, not all day long, but at least show her you care enough to take some time out of you relaxation time to consider her needs and wants. Maybe she wants to play with you or do somethings you don't want to because she looks up to you and wants to be like you. Even though baby sitting little kids isn't always fun think about what you're there for and what you need the money for.

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User in Madison, WI
June 26, 2015

I 100% agree with Lisa B. She needs someone who can give her full attention at all times. She is 5, not 15. So of course she is going to want to always be playing. She has an active imagination that needs attention.

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User in Auburn, WA
June 26, 2015

Arts little kids love arts trust me my five year old sister is kind of a brat but when she's painting or drawing she says no more noise so try it but lay out a mat incase of spills good luck.!!

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I'm sure if you talked to the parents you could work out s craft budget so that it's not coming out of your pocket. You could try 15 minutes of quiet time in both the morning and afternoon. My son is 5 and I know the go go go of things can be a lot. Sometimes you just need a 15 minute break just like any other job.

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User in Parkville, MD
June 26, 2015

Disney movie marathon, play with her for a few hours, then try to get her into a few board games, crafts are a big thing! I watched a little girl for 4 years and I always tried to find some cheap crafts to keep her entertained and would do them with her. Even if it's just a coloring book. Theres little jewelry boxes that she can paint and decorate, ornaments, etc. I would even paint her nails and let her paint mine. Would even let her help me bake like cookies or cupcakes so that she could go wild with decorating them, she would even help me with fixing her breakfast, lunch or dinner. Go outside with some chalk and bubbles. There's endless possibilities.

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User in Beverly, MA
June 26, 2015

It seems that you think that a babysitter is just supposed to watch a child and be sure that she doesn't hurt herself. There is a lot more to a five year old child than you think. Go to the library and pick up some books on child development and you will realize all of the possibilities. If you are going to care for children then you should know what is going on with them and what is appropriate and ways to communicate with them if they are "bossy". You will have alot more fun and so will she. Get one of the hundreds of craft idea books while you are there and some- very important-Age Appropriate books to read with her. Ask the librarian they are glad to help. It's summer so go outside and play with the sprinkler or play ball. You can take a break, but don't expect that you will get to watch a show! Moms hardly ever do that!!!

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Try setting up a schedule for her. 10-11:30 is Barbie & play time, then maybe she watches a 1/2 cartoon of her choice while you pick up and make lunch. Then after lunch maybe go to the park, a walk or even play games outside until 1-1:30. Then go inside for a drink/snack & maybe some coloring, painting, crafts..and after that is cleaned up..relax time with a Disney movie until mom & dad get home. Children like routine and she will know what to expect..

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I agree what awful comments I also have a five year old and I have run out of things to do with her as well shame on you people all she wanted was some advice instead u people bash her for asking for advice

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User in Auburn, AL
Sept. 21, 2015

Let the child lead the way. Have the child explain the rules to what it is they want to do. Make sure no articles used in the project will harm the child. Like Elmer's Glue ALL rather than Gorilla Glue. My dad used to let me handle Cox airplane glue. Not good. : )

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User in Youngtown, AZ
June 26, 2015

I agree you are hired to play with the little girl and watch her not watch T.V. I think the only time I have ever watched T.V. on the job was when an infant was napping and I had done everything else that could possibly be done. Why not take her to the park? Or maybe do some sort of craft like make jewelry? You should think of some educational activities to keep her busy.

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You ask her what SHE wants to do and WHATEVER it is.....you do THAT!!!!

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