As I've mentioned in a few previous posts, I'm a babysitter. I mean, I've had other jobs and in the summer I manage a beach store, but babysitting is something I do year round. Oh and let's not forget that I've been doing it since I was ten. So as you can imagine, I have quite a few stories, but in this post I'm going to focus on the perks of babysitting.
- Money. It pays to babysit. Really. If you have any experience with children, and some form of transportation to get you to and from the families home, I really suggest trying it. The average rates (in my area) range from $10-$18 an hour and usually vary with the amount of children. It's better than minimum wage, but don't be fooled! Babysitters have their work cut out for them, but I find it to be worth it.
- Hours. Babysitting is so flexible! You can babysit for a family that only wants date nights, or a family that wants a set weekly schedule. I've never had a hard time getting enough hours.
- Fun. Let's be real, if you're babysitting for a nice family and good kids, it can be a lot of fun! The age of the kiddo's can totally play in to this, but toddlers are a blast, and the older they get, the easier they are to handle.
- Time. If you're in college, you understand that balancing work and school can be difficult because you need time for homework, papers, and projects, but you also need to work and pay bills. I'm always able to find some time (nap time, etc.) to work on school related things when needed.
- Freedom. One of my favorite things about babysitting is the freedom! In the summer I can take the kids to the beach, you can go to story time at the library, play at a park, or even just go for a walk. You'll never be bored!
- Families. I absolutely adore every family that I have ever babysat for. They are all wonderful, nice, and caring. It's nice to be able to form a connection and feel at ease, which isn't something people usually feel with a typical 9-5 job.