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The Idiot's Guide to Baby-sitting
Babysitting Basics #1: Checklists
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Before accepting a babysitting job there are a few things you should ask the parents: 
  • How many children do you have?
  • What ages are the children?
  • What are their names?
  • Do they have any allergies?
  • Do you have any pets I should be aware of?
  • When will you need me to be there?
  • What time will you get home?

Arrive about 10-15 minutes early for the job.  Here are some questions to ask when you get there:
  • What rules do you have that I should know about?
  • When is Bed time?
  • What is the normal bedtime routine?
  • Where will you be?
  • When will you be home?
  • Do your children have any allergies? (I know I said to ask this earlier, but ask it anyway just to make sure)
  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • In case of an emergency, can you write down the name and number of their doctor and where I can reach you?