Clever Tween is at the age where she is starting to watch the Clever Guy while mom goes on errands. This makes me nervous, leaving my babies home. Of course I was babysitting at this age so I really shouldn’t be worried, right? I’ve gone over all the details of what to do in an emergency, not to answer the door, neighbors numbers etc. But, I’m still uneasy. Then this week she brings up getting a Summertime job babysitting. I DO think it’s a great idea but, is she ready?
Enter perfect timing, recently I was given the opportunity for Clever Tween to do the Babysitting Course at the American Red Cross, online! This was great for both of us as she could do it at her own pace and learn about everything babysitting related. This online course was not too much for the Clever Tween because the lessons are actually done in videos and are broken out into sessions.
About the American Red Cross Babysitting Course:
Duration: 4 Hours
The course teaches tweens and teens different topics such as:
- How to stay safe
- What to do in an emergency
- How to choose age-appropriate activities
- How to recognize and handle a variety of behaviors
- How to turn babysitting into a business
At the end of her course was a final exam in which of course she passed! She’s official!
Clever Tween’s Thoughts:
Babysitting is more serious than I thought! This made me nervous about babysitting other kids with the different things that could happen but also made me feel better to know what to do. I liked the videos on each lesson, and how I could learn about different things I need to know when I am alone and watching kids. I really didn’t know there was so much involved with babysitting kids. I think it was easy for me to do but sometimes I would come back to a lesson and have to start over.
I think this Summer I will be ready to babysit kids here in the neighborhood.
I thought the Red Cross Online Babysitting Course was very thorough and covered a variety of topics that I never would have thought of. The safety portions for me were vital as a mom and the business portion was interesting as the tips were a great way to teach kids about their first job and help send them on a path for future jobs!
The price of the course was very reasonable and the printable certificate she received will be a great asset to her “resume” when talking to parents about a potential job opportunity. I am definitely feeling more confident in . I think the videos kept Clever Tween engaged more than a text course would and more than she would listen to me trying to teach her these things because you know how much tweens love listening to parents teach.
I do think she is ready now and we are also talking about her taking a CPR class with the Red Cross before she starts these babysitting endeavors this Summer.
You can see more about Clever Tween’s babysitting course journey here: https://plus.google.com/photos/115520848880526546694/albums/5857433079797442289
You can find out more about the Red Cross:
Twitter Handle: http://www.twitter.com/redcross
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/loveRedCross
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