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Guest Blog: Preparing Students for After-School Sitter Jobs
posted by: Alana | December 11, 2014, 10:00 PM   


As a parent of a young child, I know how important it is for children to have encouraging teachers who inspire their students to try hard and do their best inside and outside the classroom.


Babysitting is a great way for students of late-elementary and middle-school age to earn money while positively affecting the lives of young children. Caring for younger children teaches kids responsibility, reinforces empathy for others, boosts self-reliance and self-esteem, and encourages them to learn the basics of running a business.


If you’d like to encourage your students to broaden their skill set and sense of personal responsibility, the Red Cross offers two options for children ages 9 years through 15 years:



Young participants in both of these Red Cross babysitting classes get to take home class materials that are useful on the job, including a handbook packed with information, a compact emergency reference guide, and an interactive CD-ROM featuring an activity booklet with games, songs, recipes and other activities, and an electronic babysitting client organizer.


Teachers can make a difference in so many ways. Encouraging students to take on meaningful extracurricular activities such as babysitting can bring a positive impact to your students and their communities.


Grant Hansen is a Director, Workplace Safety (First Aid/CPR/AED & Babysitting) for the American Red Cross.


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