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What do kids like in a babysitter?

I'm trying to find new fun ways to take care of children. I love kids & I believe they should have an opinion too!

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User in Ceres, CA
Nov. 8, 2018

Someone who's fun and creative, makes them feel comfortable in any situation, someone who shows them they care for them to come to us for anything or comfort, also someone who keeps them interested with something new.

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I think kids like an active and engaged individual. There is something different about a babysitter that actually pays attention to the interests of a kid. You may hate puzzles, but if your 6-year-old is into puzzles, you best believe so are you. It's your job to give them the one on one interactive, focused attention that they don't always get. Be fun be engaged to be exited and be ready to get out of your comfort zone!

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Angel in Burt, MI
Nov. 8, 2018

Children need to be heard. They want to feel included and important. Making time for them. If they need help with homework, cleaning there room or just need to talk we can make everything enjoyable.

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Yolanda J.
Nov. 8, 2018

First I Believe is Your Attitude a Happy Person with a Loving Attitude and a Reliable Person they trust to see everyday who make their day's happy, who make children feel cared for.

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I think children need a fun excited babysitter, someone who will make sure that the children are having fun and doing what they love to do. Babysitters need to make sure to not let the child walk all over them but in a way where they don't hurt the child. For example if the child is being mean the babysitter should never put hands on a child they should try to figure out why the child is having a bad day and try to turn it around..

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chemistry is so important with children. Letting them know that you are there for them Patience, nurturing reading a book, playing with them ,talking to them, patience with them ,one on one attention & love & care

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Lisa in Ventura, CA
Nov. 14, 2018

That they are fun and safe and trustworthy. Also that they can cook and read

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Attention, creativeness, patience and just plain fun.

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Most likely the child within the babysitter, or the fun cool side.

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Olivia in Sonoma, CA
Nov. 11, 2018

Kid's love babysitters who are fun! Babysitters should be able to at least try to make a connection with whoever they're caring for. Talking, playing, and just bonding is essential. Kid's also like a babysitter who is compassionate to their needs. Putting them first is always a must.

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Someone who will listen and talk to the children. Too learn their personalities and what they like to do.

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Wendy in Tampa, FL
Nov. 7, 2018

On vacations, he talks with the family and schedules the days and times to work

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i love everything about them

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User in Alameda, CA
Nov. 11, 2018

I think children like a baby sitter who is "fun", enjoys activities like make believe play, reading, outdoor activitites, and crafts. Cooking simple recipes is a good example of fun and confidence building in pre-school and older children. I also believe children are happiest with a care giver who can set boundaries re: behavior, it gives them a sense of security.

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Kids like a babysitter who listens and explains. Most of the time explaining why they need to brush their teeth or pick up after themselves helps them understand and more motivated to develop great habits. Kids are excited with being able to talk and sharing what they've learned, so communicating with them is a lot less intimidating than we may believe starting out.

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Ana in Skokie, IL
Nov. 11, 2018

kids like to have an opportunity to also give ideas about something!

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Belgica in Buford, GA
Nov. 11, 2018

to be kind, fun & make than fell safe, to prepare a delicious meal.

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Funny and make them laugh. Also very attentive and get down on ground level to play or offer help.

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Always kids like a new activities

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Someone fun and interactive that can care for them but can also have fun with them. A child should feel safe and loved no matter who they are with.

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I think kids want someone that understands them and can meet them at their level of fun and energy. I've found a lot of times that children also really want to be able to trust you so you need to let them see you're very open and trusting

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I would love to watch these two children, as I live in Chantilly and have all Friday nights available. I would probably spoil them with lots of love, fun and games.

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Lisa in Chicago, IL
Nov. 12, 2018

They love interactive. Sure, they love the tv and the iPads too but nothing gets them smiling more than someone who wants to paint a picture with them to surprise their parents with. There seems to be nothing better than someone who will sit, run, or play hide and seek with by there side.

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User in Woburn, MA
Nov. 14, 2018

In the 40 off-and-on years as a childcare provider, I've noticed that a couple of qualities that kids like in a babysitter is fairness and consistency. But it really depends on the child. Some children who I've worked with like it when I'm silly, while some other children prefer me to be serious. Many like babysitters to interact with them - not just sit there on their phones.

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Debora in Hudson, FL
Nov. 17, 2018

ABSOLUTELY I learn a lot from children they are so bright no matter their circumstances there is a genius in each one of them waiting to come forth and shine and they often times spell love this way TIME...and someone that has a heart too listen to their ideas.

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I will pick two options that are out of the house activities not including the park. I tried to take them to the park when I can. I let them chose which one they want to do that day or later in the week. I sometimes give up to three to four activities or places and let them pick if they have good behavior that week.

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That is cute and likes to play, patient and funny

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Kids love so many things in a babysitter. I would say first and foremost has to be safety. Knowing that they are safe while they are with you, not only allows the child to be free to be a child, but allows the parent/and or guardian(s) the piece of mind knowing they don't have to worry about their little loved ones safety. Always have a book bag with a variety of books, reading and activity. Be sure to carry new crayons, markers, and coloring pencils. Of course, this will depend on the age of the children as to what to include in your bag of goodies. Going beyond that, you need to asses the child on an individual basis. Each child is their own perfect little gift with an insurmountable amount of knowledge and ideas just waiting to share them with you. If the child is an infant, you give lots of encouragement, actually SHOW the parents/and or guardians that you are more than capable of caring for their little bundle of joy. Knowing how to soothe an upset baby, knowing when an infant has an upset belly, (gas), needs to be fed, changed, bathed, cared for in some manner, is a lot more than some are cut out for. You must possess a calm manner at all times with all clients. Always provide loving, respectful, and honest care!

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User in Brewster, NY
Nov. 12, 2018

Someone who is fun and listens to them! Also. someone who doesn't yell at them for having a bad day but walking them through it, to learn how to handle these difficult situations. Always explains never yell! As adults we talk it out we don't yell at out. Same goes to children!

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Kids like babysitters to show interest in them and actually care. I try not to be on my phone and actually think of fun things to do with kids! Even if it's something as mundane as building a fort. Creativity is key!

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They like someone who is kind and caring and listens to their concerns and needs. They need a sincere person and a role model someone they can confide in and be patient with them.

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Kelsey in Kapaa, HI
Nov. 8, 2018

Bring coloring books, crayons, bubbles, other age-appropriate toys. But also ASK them what they enjoy! The kids will tell you. Maybe it playing outside, playing dress up or watching a little tv.

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For younger kids, they want someone NOT always on their phone. Playing with the kids or just being interactive with them is important to them.

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Tonya in Buffalo, NY
Nov. 8, 2018

someone that is fun and will play games with them or do whatever they like doing

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They like to be listened to. They like a sense of humor; sometimes even being a little silly. Most like to be active.

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So many the same messages circulating. Is any body noticed that?

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Let them bake cookies with you..works at my house

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Kids love to have a friend to play with and talk to them. When i babysit i try to make sure i always keep them busy and out of trouble. Doing fun things such as swimming, arts and crafts, and playing with various toys. Kids love to just have a friend to play with rather than a caregiver who barely talks to them.

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One that takes time to explain why and one that loves to take kids to do things they enjoy all while providing structure, limits, expectations that are clear, and a positive outlook on everything..... Positivity is contagious and will take you further than you could ever imagine in life.

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Engaging with children while I babysit is key. This may include participating in playing, sitting with the child while he does his homework, or offering comfort when he is upset. Kids need to, and deserve to feel loved, regardless of who the caretaker is.

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i think they like someone who will get down on the floor and play with them, make laugh and help them have a good time. I believe they also like someone that makes them feel comfortable and loved. A sitter should blend in like a family member.

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Alex in El Paso, TX
Nov. 12, 2018

i think kids like a babysitter who is more like them. They want someone responsible of course, but also someone fun and who wants to be involved in whatever they're interested in. A babysitter who they see as a friend, someone who is as silly and goofy as them.

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I would see if they have hobbies or some kind interest of exercise their minds. I am good in doing activities for the children's sports center's. If the child is wise enough to make the right choices for all involved and Safe...but also fun.

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Someone that is going to listen to them and play attention to. Also someone they can learn and look up to.

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Kids like a babysitter who is not too strict, and listens to their ideas. The kids are looking for a friend in their babysitter.

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Some one who is engaging and fun but can still keep the peace. I sometimes like to bring something to a babysitting gig like a craft or have a simple science/physics experiment we can do together. Cooking projects or just helping with making their meal is another way to connect and make it a fun experience.

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Garnett in Aiken, SC
Nov. 8, 2018

how does this website just make stuff up about you

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Goofy, honest, friend with boundaries someone they can respect. A teacher and someone to mediate not choose sides between siblings:)

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User in Tyler, TX
Nov. 13, 2018

Someone fun with a great imagination , who lives crafts and outdoors someone is is flexible with all things, plan days like movie night, game night, craft days, maybe small trips in town that are fun and educational

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Someone who will interact and play with them.

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I LOVE KIDS TO PLAYING,DRAWING,PAINTING OR CRAFTS, FEEDING THEM OR WATCHING CARTOONS TOGETHER AND CLEAN UP TOYS WHILE KIDS NAP.

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User in Sarasota, FL
Nov. 15, 2018

Kids like a combination of kindness ,empathy, routine and some spontaneity. And they need to know that you are not a pushover either! Not an easy recipe to balance for some! They like creative games and a sense of humor helps.

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Kids like fun, they enjoy enthusiasm and kindness. They want a friend, not a boss. They must know that you are in charge, but will be more willing to do what you ask if you show them that you care and respect them.

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Ask them what they may want to do! Engage them, stimulate them and expose them to new things every week! Plan outdoor activities, enlist their cooperation with creative projects and be sure and read to them every day! Museums are great!! :-)

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It has been my experience that children like a sitter who gets involved in things with them, and doesn't just sit on the sidelines. They like someone who is willing to sufficiently answer all of their many questions as they grow to understand the world. I think they also like to know what is expected of them and why the rules are the way they are. They like to be treated as their own person with valid feelings and thoughts.

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Kids like someone who is happy, energetic, friendly, and trustworthy, but of course FUN! Someone who is a friend that they can trust and play with. Kids love expressing themselves freely without judgement, that's how it should be.A babysitter should be someone who is honest, reliable and respectful.

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Elena in El Monte, CA
Nov. 17, 2018

That they are fun and patient.

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Taylor in Fresno, CA
Nov. 15, 2018

Kids like to have fun and feel comfortable with the person that is taking care of them. Kids should feel like they can trust their babysitter!

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A lot of kids like babysitters who can have a sense of humor and go along with the kid's imagination, as well as asking question to get their creative thoughts flowing. A good mix of using adaptability and discipline is important to develop of level of respect for both the babysitter and the kids. Trying new activities and games while playing with the kids keeps things fun and entertaining and can develop learning skills.

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The children a lot attention and new activities

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I have 5 kids i love all my kids 4 of them are SPEACAL needs makana is my OLDER son he is 24 years old then Hiilani is 22 year's old she's a preschool teacher's Aide then Alohilani she's 19 years old she's a babysitters then my twins ikaika is 17 years old high school then maluhia is 17 year's old high school

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That's awesome that you believe kids have their own voice! You can encourage them to be bold and brave by asking them what they think about a certain topic. This helps them to bring forth their ideas and really pick their brains for a good reason. Fun things to do can include things the child is already passionate about. If they like space, show them some cool pictures of telescopes and the moon. If they're a dancer, allow them to choreograph something and perform it for everyone later.

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Wendy in Omaha, NE
Nov. 9, 2018

Kids like to feel safe. Not just physically, but emotionally as well. If kids feel confident about being able to "be themselves without judgement", they are more likely to flourish and grow positively, and in turn, be able to provide those feelings of safety when/if they choose to have their own children in the future. Also, kids want a "say" in what is happening. Giving (sensible) choices is always a plus....just make sure to follow through with what you promise to do. Kids should be able to count on you for consistency.

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Kids like a babysitter that is fun, interested in their interests and someone that is not a pushover.

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went the nanny is lovely and give to the child the best company.

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He should like the way of being of the person who takes care of them. That they are patient and that he understands them

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Kids like a babysitter who makes an obvious effort to connect with them and shows interests in the interest of the child; even if that means watching and commentating on an episode of "Boss Baby" with them.

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They like flexibility, playfulness and sticking to their parents' rules.

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Simple: Treat them with respect, always. Set fair. age appropriate rules and follow through, always. Be consistent, always. Hi-5's, thumb's-up, knuckle bumps, compliments and words of encouragement. Pats on the head, hugs let them know you care! And never ever tattle on them to their parents!

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Kids love babysitters that play with them, whether it's outdoors or in their playroom. They want babysitters that are engaged and talk to them. It is also important that they know how to discipline children without belittling them, which is important to parents too!

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Someone fun, loving, who spends time understanding their needs, energetic, someone who makes them feel comfortable.

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Some one who will get down on the floor and play dolls, trucks, or what ever the child likes doing. Always encourage the child or children to play games, read to the them or them to you. Talk to them, listen to what they have to say, be kind when responding. Always encourage them to be who they are.

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Someone who shows an interest in what they're doing! I've watched many kids and they all love it if you act with them and talk to them at their level.

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Kids like babysitters that are fun and creative and aren't hesitant to engage with them and play. Sometimes I take kids outside and we spend an hour in the back yard looking for the most beautiful rock.

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April in Malibu, CA
Nov. 18, 2018

Kids should be treated individually like a person all with different needs and personalities! It is fun to find crafts,sports or fun activities they enjoy after the learning or homework is done.

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User in San Ramon, CA
Nov. 10, 2018

I believe that one thing that kids enjoy about babysitter is that they get all the attention they want. I am not saying parents don't give their child enough attention but with their busy daily life, kids might not get as much as they would like. My advice for kids to have more fun, kis for you to just be creative. You can literaly make a game out of ANYTHING and the kiddos can have lots of fun with it. For you it might not be a perfect game/activity or not even make much sense, but always remember that you are doing thus for the child and not yourself. Have fun with them too, dont be afraid be be a big child but still making sure its a safe game :)

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User in Dandridge, TN
Nov. 10, 2018

I have found kids like someone who is kind, but not carefree. I feel it is important to show consistency and fairness. It is also important to provide choices for kids to. Caregivers should also be active with the child. Play games or color with them. This allows bonding time for both.

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Jillian in McCook, NE
Nov. 13, 2018

A babysitter that is energetic and playful. Babysitters also have to have a passion for kids. Babysitting is not just another source of income. If you don't have a passion for it, it's likely that you will deprive the kids of basic things like playing, building a relationship and teaching them basic everyday things

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Rosario in Weston, FL
Nov. 18, 2018

Kids like the baby sitter to be funny, a great listener, and playful.

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Jackie in Lisle, IL
Nov. 13, 2018

You have to ask the kids. I babysit for two families steadily, one family has a kid that really enjoys puzzles, so when sitting for them I like to stop by a dollar tree or goodwill to pick up a puzzle. The other kids love crafts and art so I bring paint, crayons, and markers (nontoxic) to keep them entertained and having fun.

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Children are very vocal about their likes and dislikes. A good babysitter is a good listener too! Children love when their ideas can come to life! I find incorporating art into a task is always a fresh approach when caring for children.

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Toni in Bethlehem, PA
Nov. 16, 2018

Children like a baby sitter that relates to them and their interests.

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Amanda in Dinuba, CA
Nov. 14, 2018

The kids I usually babysit are always interested in crafts or outside projects and always love when we go to the park. You have to show them that you care for them the same way you do your own kids.

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yes, I LOVE children too! I DO NOT REFER TO THEM AS KIDS.I CALL THEM LITTLE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY INDEED HAVE A POWERFUL LOUD VOICE AND WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION AND LISTEN DOING MY 10 PLUS OF BEING A NANNY THEY HAVE TAUGHT me as well, it has been the most learning experience I Have ever encounter listen to the little people to learn from them how they want to be treated aim for there heart and you will unlock ways to teach in ways you never knew before.

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I babysit some children, a day here and there....a family of 3, started at age 4-1/2 (youngest) thru 6. Wish more, but not often, now all in grade school, but when needed,I am available. LOVE KIDS! I share stories with them, ones from my growing up, and as a single mom when raised my son. I give them time to hear what they like to share, show that I am interested in them ALWAYS. I do not put them in front of the TV/videos. I have allowed 30-45 minutes, hour max, if I need to keep them occupied while doing something, e.g., dinner. But I interact with them much each time...LOVE children. I like to keep them from being entertained through much TV as able....interact with them a good part of the time.

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Kylee in Seaside, OR
Nov. 11, 2018

I believe kids like a babysitter who interacts with them. A babysitter isn't supposed to be someone there just to be paid. We protect the children, we learn from them, we help them have a fun time. Kids should be excited when the sitter comes over!

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Grae in Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 17, 2018

Being an adult when you need to be (talking to adults), being a child when you need to be (playing with children). I've found that the best approach is to be a role model- not a dictator! Kids (and really anyone) is going to respect someone who respects them and values their feelings and opinions. Having a older sister/brother relationship (fun yet an authority figure) with children has given me the best results.

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Ask them what they like to do indoors and outide. Give them some ideas (park, beach, crafts, put on fun music to dance to, baking, riding bikes, bowling, visit a children's museum, library, shadow puppets,...Share an experience that you really enjoyed as a child.

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A baby-sitter who will actually play with them.

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Children like when you play and read , and sing , or teach them, cheerfully!

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Sarah in Honolulu, HI
Nov. 18, 2018

Kids just want you to be present with them. Get down on their level, engage with whatever they are doing, and just be a kid. I've been a nanny for over a year, and sometimes I just sit and watch him play with his toys. He is totally cool with that.

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I find they love a sitter which smiles, play, give confidence for them to be the 'little persons" they show since new borns.

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Every child loves a person with a sweet heart and fun to be around. You have a great sense ofr humor when dealing with kids. Andthey love to have your undivided attention.

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Erin in Shoreham, NY
Nov. 19, 2018

Attentive! energetic and fun. Teaching kids new things is always so important to me as well.

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User in Inwood, WV
Nov. 19, 2018

A babysitter that will interact with them and getting involved in what they are playing.

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Joselyn in Selma, NC
Nov. 19, 2018

They like someone who is fun, energetic and focused on keeping them entertained also being helpful with school work and projects.

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Someone who is genuinely interested in them, someone who gets excited about the things the child is excited about, and someone who isn't afraid to play.

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SOMEONE WHO PLAYS WITH THEM IS KIND AND HAPPY

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Elsa in Novato, CA
Nov. 19, 2018

I am ollway looking to do fun fum i ha ve more them 20 years working with children and i love them and we have fun evreryday

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Uyen in Auburn, WA
Nov. 19, 2018

I am very love kids, newborn or 2-3 years and old, but I am not receive animal because I am not experience take care. Thank you

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Tammy in Chicago, IL
Nov. 19, 2018

I believe letting children utilize their talents through play is good. Also, library trips are essential and fun.

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Donna in Denver, CO
Oct. 26, 2018

We can do things like go outside, go for a walk

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Kids enjoy happy and kind people...even when they themselves may feel a little cranky :) Kids like interaction, activities, songs, jokes, etc. They like people who will give them a shoulder to cry on and even though they may not realize it, they need people to encourage them. Sitting around all day isnt babysitting, being active and getting to know the kid(s) is what really counts. Making fun but healthy snacks is a plus too! Occasionally having a treat with them, such as taking them out for ice cream or bringing them a treat of your own making or even baking/making treats with them, is a good way of showing them some fun. Using silly voices while reading, making sure each character has their own silly voice. Singing upbeat jingles/songs. Setting up a fun but healthy routine for the week days so they are constantly learning respectable/responsible ways of handling things/situations. Making sure they get interaction with puzzles/games that may make them think a little bit. Going outside and playing tag or going to the park. Playing with animals if the household has any. Drawing, coloring, painting, even taking them to the grocery store and letting them help you takes items off of shelves. Interaction....anything with positive interaction.

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Abby in Cleburne, TX
Oct. 26, 2018

get creative with crafts and outside games

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YES .I'm trying to find new fun ways to take care of children. I love kids & I believe they should have an opinion too!

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User in Kissimmee, FL
Oct. 26, 2018

What I have learn in the years of being a babysitter children often look for a kind,trusting,fun,intelligent,creative but not to mention fun babysitter. Someone who will always be there for them not matter what.

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User in Buford, GA
Nov. 19, 2018

They like someone who is willing to play with them and have fun! Older kids don't care to be played with lol but they like to be encouraged and complimented on their work or hobbies they enjoy. and ALL kids love when you are interested and excited about what they love!

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Children are highly perceptive and know when they are truly loved. Above all, children long to be cherished. While joyful playtime, attentive care, and consistency are key, the best babysitter makes themselves available to truly love on the children they are caring for.

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Ellen in Glendale, CA
Nov. 19, 2018

Kids are incredibly receptive and observant, so ask them what qualities and traits THEY'RE looking for or admire in an adult. Most likely they will respond honestly and you should take their ideas to heart. Kids like to have fun but they also respect a babysitter with boundaries. Be confident and kind and talk to them. They will reveal their thoughts and the rest is fun!!!

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outside adventures and finger painting

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Children like nannies that brighten, help play, who knows how to make art and craft, read some books, play outdoors, walk in the park, walk and know how to make a laugh.

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Mary in Pittsburg, CA
Nov. 20, 2018

Kids like someone who will engage with them, play games, listen and encourage thought. They also like someone who can be silly with them and stimulate their imagination.

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Shaniya in Utica, NY
Nov. 20, 2018

how they can be nice fun or funny or they love how they take care of you or the things they bring to you

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Emily in Killeen, TX
Nov. 20, 2018

What do kids like in a babysitter? hmm great question I personally think kids like someone who will play games with them, make them feel like it's okay to be themselves and feel appreciated, more importantly kids want a babysitter who makes them happy and feel safe.

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Someone that will get on the floor and color with them. Someone who gets down to their level.

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User in San Diego, CA
Nov. 20, 2018

Kids love someone who can connect onnthier level. Depending on age find what their interests are. Are they into sports music books? Incorperate their favorite activity in your daily routine.

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Daisy in Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 20, 2018

Kids love when you pay attention to them. It makes them feel important and gives them a sense of belonging. Children also love playing games card games, board games, they also like when you read stories to them. I also feel they enjoy music. these are some of the things I do with children and I have done with my children also activities.

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Allison in Orange, CA
Nov. 20, 2018

Baking, finger painting, play-doh . Most important throw out a blanket in the back yard look up at the sky and play I see....

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You have to chose when it is appropriate to give them options. Bedtime is not something they should have an opinion about. Whether they want to go swimming or to the park, that they can make a decision about.

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Listening, Fun, Someone who is a friend, yet not a parent. Someone who gets down on their level. Who guides in love.

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I feel kids like it when they are paid attention to! Show interest in what interests them and you will get along just fine!

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User in Franklin, KY
Oct. 27, 2018

Someone who will go on their imaginary adventure with them. Someone who will build lego buildings as tall as themselves and then knock it down just to start all over again. Someone who goes down the slide with them at the park then race back to the top. Someone who can cuddle on the couch and read a book when they are having a rough day.

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MUST BE FUN AND RELATABLE. What I have learned about children is that they like you to match who they are as an individual. You need to be versatile because no two children are alike. If you are caring for one child, you have to be the jack of all trades so that the child's experience with you is one that they can appreciate. I like to learn exactly what each individual child likes and who they are. I speak differently to the shy child than I would the energetic child. I am careful with my tone when talking to children who are sensitive. It is your job as the babysitter to be able to accommodate yourself to the children. That is what they like and that is what will help you find new fun ways for the child. I make sure that I am the babysitter that I hope to hire for my children someday.

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I learn so much from kids. Kids at times are the smartest people I know. Most kids i've cared for liked that I am down to play and have fun, the goofier the better. I Love to Play their kind of games, and read their kind of books while trying to creatively act it out as it's being read. I found that being on the same level as them, listen,and understand their needs along with their wants is a huge factor and plays a big role on how they react to you. Of course there's the things they may not realize but do appreciate and respect from a sitter too. Attentiveness, assertiveness, boundaries structure, dependability, and being Patient. All things kids I've taken care of and my own children look for in a sitter.

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Do plenty of art and craft projects

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Kids like a fun and active babysitter. One who would make blanket forts and jump on a trampoline. Not one who sits on the couch and gives them puzzles to work on.

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Alexis in Smyrna, TN
Oct. 28, 2018

You are right, children love it when they get to choose something. It shows and teaches them that they have a voice and a choice! Kids love when you are present with them. This day and age, it's hard to find people like that due to being buried deep in a device. Be present, show them you are interested in what they are showing you, talk with them about what they like and dislike and get to know them. Then, find activities that incorporate those favorite things they like to do. That shows them you listen to them and you care :) Also, Pinterest is a great resource for crafts and activities!

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Kids like babysitters to be nice,funny,silly,playful,goofy,to be loving,caring. I think kids like for their babysitter to make play games with them help them build blanket forts. Prepare delicious cupcakes and and animal shaped cookies. play dress up. And a all time favorite MAKE SLIME !!!!!!

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That you have fun and mess around with them. I find they love it when we play hide and seek or let them jump all over me and play airplane!