10 Basic Rules for Baby-sitting
You need to know the name, address, and telephone
number of where you will be baby-sitting. Make sure your parents know where
Be sure to know where the parents of the children will be, when to expect
them back, and how they could be reached.
Before the parent leaves, you need to know all special cares of the children,
(medicines, allergies, special fears, etc.)
Know the normal routine of the children (mealtimes, snacks, bedtimes, etc.)
Make sure the place where you are baby-sitting is secure - all of the doors
and windows are locked. DO NOT open the door for anyone unless you were
told in advance to expect someone by the parents.
DO NOT tell any caller that you are
baby-sitting and that you are alone with the children. Tell that person
on the phone that the parents are busy. Take a message, and tell the caller
that you'll have the parents call them back later.
DO NOT talk to any boyfriends or girlfriends
while baby-sitting. DO NOT tie up the phone with any personal calls.
Watch the children continuously while
playing. Check the children every half an hour while sleeping.
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