Would you babysit?

United States
November 24, 2008 2:08pm CST
I've thought about taking in some kids during the day to earn some extra money, and sometimes when things get tight, or when I need extra cash, like now around the holidays, I think about doing it. But honestly it's just not for me. I'm not really that good with kids, at least not other people's. Some kids I've known are horrible monsters, and I don't tolerate that well. I can tolerate my own children because they know what I expect of them, and they know when they're going to be yelled at. Also I know that I can yell at them. I couldn't yell at another person's child, no matter how much they deserved it. I tried it on 2 different occasions, and it never worked out. My own kids are enough for me to handle. Have you ever considered babysitting to earn extra cash? Have you ever tried it?
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
25 Nov 08
The only children I have and would babysit for are my own grandchildren. I've been keeping my youngest grandson who just turned 4 mos once a week lately, but not this week. But I don't do it for money, only to let his Mom do her work. She's a medical transcriptionist through the Internet and gets lots of work on a couple days a week. They were wanting me to keep him tomorrow, but I just couldn't due to needing to clean house and get things ready for Thanksgiving.
• United States
25 Nov 08
I hope they were able to find a back up. When my twins were little we used to beg his mom for help with them, and she told us no one time because she had to clean. I don't remember the reason for her needing to clean, if there was one, but it hurt me terribly to think I couldn't get a bit of help, which I needed for my sanity. We didn't have a back up, my in laws are the only family we have, and we couldn't pay a sitter to help me either. Sometimes I still need that help, but I never bother to call the in laws anymore. I know whatever they do is more important to them, even if it doesn't seem important to me.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I don't know if they found someone or not. But, you know, I was a seamstress and sewed for interior decorators making drapes and other things when my two children were little, and even when my daughter and her two small ones lived with us. And I never asked anyone for help. I put them in a playpen and went right on about my business. I'm too old to take up babysitting on a regular basis. I have a hard time getting in the floor with them anymore due to my hip. If I had known he'd sleep lots tomorrow, I might have kept him, but he's teething and he really cried lots other day when I kept him. One time I had a terrible time getting him quiet. And he didn't take long naps at all. I just have too much to do tomorrow and Thursday.
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• United States
25 Nov 08
Yeah, I can understand that. BTW, my earlier comment wasn't meant to sound like I thought you were behaving like my MIL, she's a different story, lol. To this day when she calls and asks to take the kids, I only let her take the older 3 because I worry about how well she'll handle the little ones. She had broken her back a couple years ago, and my FIL has had to remove some toes due to diabetes. It's nice that you get to spend time with your grandchildren when you want to, and nice that you're available to help the parents if and when they are desperate for it. But at the same time I understand that grandparents have done their job, they've raised their kids, now it's time for them to enjoy the spoils of what childhood has to offer while being able to send the kids back to mom and dad. Man oh man am I looking forward to those days, lol.
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I began babysitting when I was 11 and continued to do so until I was 16 and on occassion after that. After my kids were born, I did it off & on and at times for a living. I love kids and I am pretty good with them, I think. I do think the burn-out rate on this sort of work is high. I found I had more trouble with the parents than I did with the kids. Many parents did not want to pay and that was tough as I'd get attached to the child. Also, It is a tremendous amount of work if you are doing it alone. It certainly is not for everyone. I can handle hard to manage kids pretty well but it was stressfull, I'll admit. Add that not getting paid regularly or at all and I just decided after a time to just give it up as a means to earn money. Now if i babysit, it is as a favor to someone and I have the option of declining.
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• United States
25 Nov 08
The 2 times I babysat for a living I didn't have a problem getting the money from the parents. I thought I would the day I told the mom I could no longer watch her child because he was too much of a monster... this child was horrific, he hurt my cat, and punched me in my pregnant belly, all in the same day. That's the day I told his mom he couldn't come back. She didn't even ask what he did, but she paid me.
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
25 Nov 08
That is horrible! no wonder you have apprehensions! I can't imagine not wanting to know just what my child did to cause a sitter to quit on him. That alone probably explains why the kid was so very troubled.
@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I have been doing this for the past 17 yrs. I started babysitting when my son came home from the sitter and said the "F" word! That was my 7th sitter and he was only 2, so I decided that was enough and I quit my job and opened a daycare. YOu are right, it is testy at times. The key is to keep things structured and scheduled. I have had many kids come in that are terrors and with alot of consistency, they learn the rules and turn out to be great kids.
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• United States
25 Nov 08
I can't even structure and schedule my own kids. Things get a bit nuts around here in the evenings with them. That's part of why I'd never want to babysit someone else's kid, I have enough going on with my own.
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@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Oh, I don't ever babysit in the evenings. Just during the day. I started when my kids were little and it brought income in and I could stay home and raise my kids. Now that my youngest is 8, I still do this. I have considered stopping but then I would have to get a "real" job. If this happened, I'd have to pay a sitter for my daughter during the summers so it doesn't make sense. I make good money with the daycare anyways and I do enjoy it....especially this week~ kids for only 2 days but full pay:)
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I used to baby sit when I was younger, but it is not something that I really have an interest in doing now. Besides, I have a lot of stuff going on during the day. I would not be able to babysit unless it was a school aged child who just needed someone to make sure they did not burn a house down.
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• United States
24 Nov 08
Sometimes the older kids are the ones who are most troublesome. I guess babysitting just isn't for everyone.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Good point! Sometimes it is the older ones who are the ones who give you the grief.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I've watched kids from my house a few times. It is hard. The first set I watched wasn't that bad. They were brothers and the worst part was the older one was a big cry baby. The last kid I watched did me in. I don't know what it was about him but I couldn't stand him. Even when he laughed in made me cringe. I felt like this horrible person because he was only little. I had him from about 3 months old till a little after 2. It is hard watching someone else's kid. I had no problem yelling at him but it was just too much. He was such a brat. He was always hurting my daughter and biting her. And his mom would bring him sick so my kids were always getting sick. And he was so spoiled at home it was hard to deal with. So when his mom said she was having another one I said that was it. Then to top it off she accused me of stealing his cheap $2 sippy cups.
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• United States
25 Nov 08
That's part of why I can't watch another person's child. I can't stand cry babies or brats. My kids know their limitations and know what I'll do if they behave a certain way, and usually it is something like going to their room or getting a punishment. Someone else's kid is harder to punish, and many parents don't want their child punished just for crying or acting like themselves. So I'm conflicted between what I expect, and what the parents expect. It just doesn't work for me.
@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I owned and operated a home daycare for some time years ago. Now I don't think I could do it again. I just don't feel I have the patience for other people's children anymore. Too many kids are not disciplined these days. Parents tend to take the easy way out instead of making their kids own up to their mistakes and take responsibility for their actions.
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• United States
25 Nov 08
yes, I've noticed that. Parents think their child can do no wrong, anyone who claims a child did wrong is lying, and ignoring the wrong is so much easier than addressing it. And it creates a viscious cycle because the kids grow up to be parents just like that.
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@augustm (23)
• Belize
25 Nov 08
I have babysit for my neighbor or my aunt from time to time but I don't do it for money, I do it as a favor because I have patients with children and they do not bother me. If you know you do not have patients with other kids it will be better to find another way to make money, because you can windup in trouble.
• United States
25 Nov 08
Babysitting from time to time is fine, but commiting to do it on a daily basis causes problems because then you have to plan your personal schedule around it.
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@Nhey16 (2518)
• Philippines
25 Nov 08
i guess i can't handle other kids aside from mine and my nieces and nephews... i have to think of other things to earn but not baby sitting... i could play with kids, but i know my limitations... i dont think i could baby sit other people's kids...
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• United States
25 Nov 08
I'm with you. I can't either. I'm fine with my own kids, but not somebody else's.
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@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I did it for a living. And made good money at the time too. I would probably do it again if the right opportunity came along. Extra cash for the holidays would come in handy. Shouting or yelling at another person child has never really been an issue for me. I can't remember doing it either. But I see what you mean.
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• United States
24 Nov 08
I guess I just got unlucky with the kids I babysat then. One was a complete monster. The other wasn't so bad really, but me and his mom ended up having a falling out over an unrelated issue and then I stopped babysitting him. Actually I think another problem I had with it was the lack of freedom. I felt like I had to be home at a specific time, and couldn't make plans during that time. Right now I'm used to having an open calendar except for when my kids have their activities. I like not being confined.
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• Israel
25 Nov 08
i can do anything legal for dough,so babysitting is not an exception .i have been babysitting especially when im on holidays i will still do it whenever since i can make a legal money from it
@katkat (2378)
• Philippines
25 Nov 08
Well baby sitting might be a hard one for others but for me it's not that difficult. I guess it depends on the kind of kid you'll baby sit. I have baby sit before my small cousins for free. I don't mind to baby sit for an extra cash as I do it for free. I do get along with children but not that good especially if that a monster child.
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• India
25 Nov 08
LOL I do baby sit normally in grps. like if some1 has to baby sit we all hangout at his place n have fun.. but hmm i dont thnk i wanan get paid for da fun we have
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@tobepure (187)
• China
25 Nov 08
well,i'm a guy and i'm wondering if it's right to say something here about the discussion.I myself don't like kids or not so much.and as you said, they're too naughty.but i think i will love and tolerate them.
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• India
25 Nov 08
i havent tried it, but surely i will after i get a chance...
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@laila675 (528)
• United Arab Emirates
25 Nov 08
practically speaking, baby sitting is the best way of earning extra. For some they do it for a living. Just like the one who baby sits my daughter. Parents drop and picks up their children to her home. And I was thinking of doing it too but maybe sooner when my daughter becomes independent. But just like what she had told me, a lot of patience is need and knowledge how to take care of the children. Coz you'll be the second parent to their children. It should be done not just for earning but also for the love and caring too. Besides when they grow and if you'll be able to see them, somehow you will feel proud as a parent too specially when you see them grow up as a good children. Because a part of your love and care given to them. Actually i used to do it when i was on my teens and now when i see them as grown ups, i fell glad to be part of their growing up.
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• China
25 Nov 08
If we were in the same country and in the same area, I'd like to do this but, we are not. I want to earn this extra cash but can't now.
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• United States
25 Nov 08
No i have never tried to do babysit but babies are beautiful i got four nephews and wow they're so ( i dont really have word to describes)... 3 boys (4, 4 3 years) and a girl ( 1 year) but its nice you learn a lot of thing about the babies they're so cute :D have a nice day and hope you will find a way to earn some extra money ;) bye bye and nice week :D
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• United States
25 Nov 08
When I was unemployed for quite a length of time I had considered opening a day care home. The paperwork was sent to me by the state. I even started to fill out the forms. But, before I could venture further, I found employment. Quality child care is hard to find these days. One day, I may consider taking in children for day care. But, that will be when I can no longer do the work I am now doing.
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• United States
24 Nov 08
I never wanted to do babysitting to earn extra money, but it sort of fell in my lap when I started taking online courses and pulled my daughter out of daycare. Now I just have one other girl I watch, and it's not a steady income because her mother only needs childcare occasionally. Actually, I have quite a nack with children, and have no problem with disceplining. I discepline my daughter and the girl I babysit exaclty the same way and the little girl loves being here. Her mother likes the fact that she's learning skills that she's gong to need in preschool. Happy MyLotting!
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@Anne18 (11034)
24 Nov 08
i used to babysit when I was a girl of about fourteen, it was ok as the children were always in bed. I have babysat since being an adult for friends, but its not always worth the money, only really get the cost of being a child minder which is under a fiver. Would love ot be able to find a babysitter so husband and i could go out as we don't go out very often.
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