The 11 Stages Of Babysitting

The 11 Stages Of Babysitting

For the designated babysitter.

I've always been the oldest in my family when it comes to my siblings and my cousins. So naturally, I was always the designated babysitter. It wasn't always so bad, but if you grew up having to babysit, then you know how draining it can be. Here are the 11 stages one goes through while babysitting.

1. The "I Got This" Stage

You're asked if you're available to babysit. At first, you hesitate to say yes, but eventually have a pep talk with yourself: "How hard could it be? Why not? A couple of hours will go by fast. I GOT THIS. Easy peasy!"

2. The "I Regret This" Stage

You agree to babysit, but then something comes up. That something seems to be the most exciting thing going on at that point in your life and you regret your decision to babysit.

3. The "Try To Get Out Of It" Stage

You think, "Well, I'll just say I have a big project or I got sick, that will definitely work." Of course, you're not that horrible a person to ruin a night out for someone else. So, you start mentally preparing yourself for what's to come.

4. The "Mental Preparation" Stage

You ask yourself, "What am I going to do with these kids?" The answer is always: "Anything that requires the least amount of energy." Movie and a pizza? Sounds perfect, right? But no movie in the world is long or entertaining enough to keep any kid sitting until their parents return home.

5. The "Drop Off" Stage

Finally, the day has come and the kids are running wild. You already know that you did not mentally prepare yourself enough for what is to come...

6. The "I Need Caffeine" Stage

At this point, it's just you and the kids. The movie didn't hold up, so you're stuck running around playing hide-and-go-seek, catch, literally every activity that requires the highest level of energy. You seek out your best pal, coffee (or coke).

7. The "I'm Hungry" Stage

"I'm hungry." These words could burn holes through your ears. Every option to satisfy the child's hunger is out of the question because for some reason they enjoy being difficult.

8. The "Is It Time For Bed Yet?" Stage

Not for the kids, but for you. You're so run down by this point, you consider taking a nap. This option, unfortunately, is not up for discussion because you're too afraid that the kids will set the house on fire.

9. The "Counting Down The Minutes" Stage

You find yourself pulling out your phone every five minutes to check if 30 minutes have miraculously passed by. To no surprise, they haven't.

10. The "Pick Up" Stage

It's finally time to say your goodbyes. You feel relieved, yet sad in a strange way.

11. The "Rest" Stage

You finally get a second to sit down and breathe. You then realize that the house seems a lot quieter and lonelier. You start to miss the crazy that the kids brought with them, but that feeling goes away instantly the next time you find yourself having to babysit once again.

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They might as well have said, “Oh look, better company!” You’re left laughing at their inside jokes the rest of the night and wishing you had stayed home with your mom instead.

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May 2018 bring you good health, less stress, and all things good.

A brand new year marks the beginning of many things. Whether 2018 is the year you begin college, or graduate; The year where you travel somewhere new or take on new things; The year where you flourish into the best version of yourself, here are 5 things you can start doing now to make sure you have direction in 2018.

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I'm sure you've heard this plenty, probably even before the new year even started. So what's stopping you from stepping out of your comfort zone? Step outside and see what the world has to offer you. Don't limit yourself because you're scared of what the outcome may or may not be.

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Fall in love with yourself this year, more than you ever will. Nobody is going to love you more than you love yourself. You are a one of a kind gem and you should be treated as such and nothing less than that. Don't accept any negativity from anyone who makes you feel an less than that.

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As long as you make the initiative this year and try. If you gradually remove the toxins from your life, your days will start to shine much brighter.

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To save the best for last, remember to take this year one day at a time. Don't focus on the past and whatever shenanigans happened in 2017. Leave it in 2017! For all the worries of what may hold in your future, stop it. No one, not I, and especially not you, knows what the future may hold for us. All we can do is direct all our energy and time into the present and hope for the best.

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