A great summer job for kids is being a mother’s helper. The difference between a mother’s helper and a baby sitter is a mother’s helper helps the mom take care of her kids while she is busy doing something else in the house, while a baby sitter is someone who watches kids with no parents at home.
Whether you are a baby sitter or a mother’s helper, it’s always a good idea to ask any questions you may have about the children. Here are some good questions for the parents:
- Ask about food allergies before feeding the children.
- Ask the parents what the children can and can’t eat.
- Ask how many kids you’re watching and taking responsibility for if they are allowed to have any friends over.
- Are your kids afraid of anything?
How to keep yourself organized
- Create a baby-sitting checklist of your responsibilities.
- Create your own baby-sitting tote bag with a couple of cheap activities in it to keep the kids entertained.
- Make baby-sitting bucks to give kids when they are well-behaved.
Entertaining kids with games
- Sing silly songs.
- Play trash can basketball.
- Get a bag of objects from around the house and have them reach into the bag to describe them and guess what they are.
- Plan a scavenger hunt indoors or outside.
- Bring sidewalk chalk and draw pictures or hopscotch on the driveway.
- Suggest having a tea party or dance party.
- Make a paper microphone and let the kids take turns having a talent show.
- Make bracelets with beads and yarn.
- Bring socks to make sock puppets.
If the child can’t fall asleep, read them a story or ask if they have a special stuffed animal. Background noises like soft music usually helps kids fall asleep as well.
Discipline / problems
Have you ever had a problem with the child you are watching? We suggest putting the child in timeout for a minute for each year of their age.
We hope you take this responsibility and advice to be a mother’s helper. Use these tips of the trade to be the best.