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Adventures in Babysitting

Author Halley Bondy walks us through a typical babysitting adventure.

Photo credit: Heather White

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Skeptical
When a child meets a sitter, a little skepticism is healthy.
Hiding
When it comes to hide-and-seek, sometimes cuteness skills are more highly developed than hiding skills.
Sticky
Little fingers + sticky stuff = Lots of cleanup.
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Caption: A little nose picking never hurt anyone…
Storytime
Story time is a great pre-nap activity.
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Babysitting #Win!

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“With light humor and ample encouragement, Bondy introduces prospective babysitters to the basics…(this book will) entertain and ease readers into their first gig.” — Publishers Weekly

“Teens can learn all they need to know to become savvy sitters with this guide…The book’s friendly tone and common-sense advice suit both brand-new sitters and those who are looking to improve their skills.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Bondy writes in a tone that is fresh and authentic….An attractive package bolstered with anecdotes from real-life teen sitters, this is a solid, useful choice for all libraries." — Booklist

“If every job had a guidebook as easy to read yet informative as Don’t Sit on the Baby, we would all be choosing our careers more wisely. . . . Much of this information would be useful to job seekers in any field. For would-be child-care providers, though, it’s an absolute goldmine.” — ForeWord Reviews
  
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982732236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982732236
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Don't Sit on the Baby" is written with young teens in mind, who are hungry for a lively book to help them figure out the complex world of caring for other people's children, and getting paid to do it. As a book of tips it covers a broad scope of childcare issues-- enlightening young readers about everything from feeding and bathing kids to understanding play through the ages, and navigating the business end of the babysitting gig. Smart advice is sprinkled with healthy doses of whimsy, and first-hand "tales from the crib"--teen babysitters' memories of some of their worst moments. Among her many notions, Halley reminds young sitters to always "wear a smile for the parents, even if you spent an hour scraping macaroni from the ceiling." The voice is obviously a teen's. The audience is obviously for teens. But I happened to find that Halley Bondy's writing is so fresh and funny, her observations about the quirky antics of children so sharp, that it goes beyond being a highly useful tip book. It makes for breezy reading for adults as well. Any parent who is in the market to hire a teen babysitter would do well to read the book, and provide a copy to their own youthful caregiver. Who knows, they might learn a thing or two themselves about "cracking the newborn language code," or changing the three-foot-tall stylista charmer girl into her shin guards, and fast. I wish I had this book when I was a clueless tween babysitter, who not only knew zip about kids, but also had no idea how land a job, or negotiate a fee. Might have made me a better parent.
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I'm a 28 yr old male who had to get something for his 15 yr old cousin. I asked my Aunt what to get her. She said a book would be good. Then my cousin started bragging about all the money she was making from babysitting, it was mostly cute.

So I got her this book because it looked funny. Turns out my cousin thought it was funny too and she said there was stuff in there she hadn't thought of before. Guess I done good.
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This is the perfect book to help tweens and teens decide if they're ready for adventures in babysitting. Don't Sit on the Baby is full of very helpful tips that can help a beginner, novice or even a pro sitter. The organization of the book makes it easy to navigate and in case of emergencies, it becomes the go-to source with safety tips and advice. One of the best parts would be shared experiences of teen babysitters, aptly titled "Tales from the Crib," which can calm the nervous first-timer or simply provide ideas on how to act in similar situations. The book even includes an entire section on the business aspect of babysitting - from how to land the job in the first place, maintaining a business relationship with the parents and being prepared to stand up for your rights, to taking babysitting a step further. The book concludes with some handy resources.

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This is A Christmas gift in addition to another book what to expect babysitters handbook as they both should cover all aspects of babysitting and any emergency situations that the babysitter might face
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I bought this book to give to my sister as a small Christmas gift. She just turned 13 and is looking to start babysitting to earn some money for the summer. I haven't read it myself but she has twice and said it is very helpful and is also a rather entertaining read. The title itself is a pretty good babysitting tip so I can only imagine what the contents include. Per my 13-year old sister, this book is highly recommended for people looking for an informative guide on how to babysit.
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Very helpful, now because of this book, I'm very excited to start babysitting!!! Now I know exactly how to land jobs and advertise
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The thirteen year-old recipient was thrilled, especially with the humor of the title. She is about to get a new half-sister. Glad to have something to ease the blended-family issues.
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