Babysitting is a good way to earn some extra money while you are still in school or university, which gives you the freedom to purchase necessary school supplies and pay your way, without having to incur as much student debt. Babysitting has traditionally been seen as a female profession, as women are viewed as more nurturing than men. However, should you encourage your son to babysit?
How Does Your Son Feel About Caring for Children?
Many parents suggest babysitting as a quick and easy way to earn some extra money, but before you get too used to the idea, you should find out how your son feels about caring for children. Teenagers or young adults who are contemplating babysitting should actually like children and put them at ease right away. If your son does not even like to be around his younger brothers and sisters, what makes you think he will enjoy caring for a stranger’s children?
What Skills Does Your Son Have to Offer?
Even if your son is keen on babysitting and enjoys spending time with children, he should possess basic skills that will stand him in good stead as he applies for a babysitting position. Is he patient with young children? Does he enjoy spending time with children? Can he perform basic tasks such as simple meal preparation, change a baby or make up a bottle? Is he trained in CPR?
Dealing with Prejudice
Many teenage boys and young men shy away from babysitting because of the prevailing prejudice of some males who work with children and who abuse their positions of trust by sexually molesting the children in their care. If your son is thinking of becoming a babysitter for the summer, you should prepare him for the prejudice he will likely meet and help him to overcome some of the challenges he will likely face. Background checks, personal references and recommendations can all help your son in his search for babysitting work.
Babysitting gives teenagers an opportunity to earn some extra money for school or college and it also teaches them vital life skills such as responsibility, time management and patience. But before you encourage your son to babysit, find out how he actually feels about caring for children, consider his skills and help him to overcome the challenges he will likely face if he chooses to become a babysitter.