Babysitting Rules: A Guide for When You're in Charge


Provides a guide for pre-teens and teens on the do's and don'ts of being a good babysitter. Includes checklist.
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Provides a guide for pre-teens and teens on the do's and don'ts of being a good babysitter. Includes checklist.
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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
In this book about following baby-sitting rules, author Browning offers guidelines about how to be an effective caretaker of children. She is quick to point out that every family has its own rules about how things are done. One of the most important aspects of becoming a baby-sitter is following the rules set down by the parents. These rules can apply to the child's bedtime, what he or she eats, use of language, and entertainment. There are helpful hints throughout the book about how to solve certain problems. A scenario is given and a possible solution. Another important criterion is keeping a young charge safe. Several suggestions are listed, such as not letting phone callers know you are home alone watching children. There are also rules for handling accidents, such as keeping emergency phone numbers available. Other topics explored include proper behavior while in someone's home, being aware of potential problems, and speaking up when necessary. The author notes that though rules are necessary, it does not mean a baby-sitter cannot enjoy her job and the children she is watching. Most likely, following the rules set by the parents will insure another call to baby-sit. Good color photographs are included. Back material includes a checklist of rules to remember, glossary, quick tips, further reading, and Internet sites.
School Library Journal

Gr 4–6
Short chapters (two to four pages in length) with bold and sparing text, coupled with full-color photographs, tell readers what to expect and how to handle various situations. (All of the sitters shown are female.) Safety, entertaining, and feeding are just a few of the important topics covered, and the author provides a variety of examples that can be applied for babysitting babies through older children. Tips and recommendations are also given under the small scenario pieces, "What would you do?" that will effectively make readers think about potential problems that can arise when adults are away. The author stresses that responsibility rests on the shoulders of the babysitter but also helps to instill confidence by demonstrating and providing the tools to be prepared. Both books offer sound advice; it's just unfortunate that it isn't all in one volume. "Things You Should Know Before the Parents Leave" (Basics ) are just as important as "Rules to Remember" (Rules ). Useful but incomplete titles to prepare young people for what is, for many, their first job.
—Jennifer CoganCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736864640
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Animal Behavior Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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