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Babysitting 101

How to be the best sitter on the block

(HealthDayNews) -- If you're looking to earn extra money by babysitting, the St. Louis Children's Hospital offers these tips to help you become your neighborhood's favorite child minder.

  • Don't just sit around. Get involved with your charges' games, songs or crafts.
  • Be polite on the phone and on the job. It helps make a good impression.
  • Keep a notebook in which you record the children's names and ages, and specific directions about their care. Jot down numbers where you can reach the parents if there's an emergency.
  • If you don't love kids, find another way to pad your pocket. To do a good job, you need to enjoy being around children.
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