15 Reasons You Shouldn't Overlook A Summer Babysitting Job

15 Reasons You Shouldn't Overlook A Summer Babysitting Job

Making the most out of your three months of freedom.

Summer is right around the corner and that means students of all types are looking for great summer jobs. Whether you're looking to make good money, build your resume or expand your skills, babysitting and nannying jobs should not be overlooked. Here's why you should say yes to a babysitting job.

1. No taxes

For quite a few college and high school students, summer is the time of the year where you make your income for the rest of the year. Working a typical minimum wage job sounds great and all until you realize how brutal taxes really are. Working over the summer as a babysitter or nanny has more of a payoff than it seems.

2. Great Hours

There's nothing better than flexibility. Most babysitting jobs come with a good amount of flexibility as far as work hours go. Instead of waitressing until 2 am, working with a family means your summer nights and weekends are open.

3. Creativity

There's no better way to play to your creative side that constant summer crafting. More often than not, the nifty things you learn on Pinterest end up being useful doing the school year too. Plus, where else are you going to be able to make 200 different types of slime in 3 months?

4. A chance for a change in scenery

Working a normal summer job means standing behind the same desk or waiting on the same tables every night. Working with kids means new places and experiences every day.

5. You get temporary Siblings

If you're anything like me, you've spent a good amount of time wishing for a little sibling. Congrats, now you have them AND you're not related so that makes everything a little better.

6. Summer fun flashback

No matter what age you are, it's hard not to miss the typical joys of summer. Water balloons, zoos, neighborhood pools, and all. Babysitting over the summer means you get to experience everything all over again and it's even more fun now that you're old enough to appreciate it.

7. Kids are freaking funny

Most kids are funnier than the best stand up comedians out there. Babysitting over the summer is half work half pure entertainment.

8. Way less stress than school

Being able to be goofy and act like a kid again is a great stress reliever. Give yourself a few weeks to make some money and be goofy all at once. It is so important to allow yourself the chance to decompress before the year starts back in full swing.

9. You have an excuse to see all the good movies

Every time a preview for a new Disney movie comes on, its hard to resist. Babysitting over the summer means you have a perfect excuse to see all the good movies and download the soundtracks too.

10. You get to improve your leadership skills.

Taking care of kids over the summer provides the best leadership skills of them all. Colleges and employers have most definitely had experience with kids and will be the first ones to recognize what makes a strong leader.

11. Better you communication skills

Between communication with parents and kids, your ability to communicate will be able to reach an all-time high in just one summer. You won't believe how much elementary school boys and college boys have in common.

12. Develop stronger sympathy skills

Being able to love on and understand kids is an incredible skill. It is so easy to handle hard situations in life when you have perfected your ability to sympathize. Don't take these skills for granted, they will be permanently useful.

13. Create Admirable time management skills

Being able to work with kids and families is extremely important when it comes to time management. It can be challenging to balance babysitting with summer travel plans and online classes, the skills you learn from a consist babysitting position make the balance that much easier.

14. The kiddos will quickly become your best friends

Believe it or not, you're about to create the absolute best friendship. Good babysitters and more than that, they're friends. You'll find yourself not wanting to leave at the end of the summer.

15. You get to give them back :)

Kids are great, most of the time. At the end of the night and the weekend, you get to return them to their rightful owners. That may be the best perk of them all. Happy summer!

As finals approach us and the days get warmer, summer jobs are at the forefront of our thoughts. May your summer be filled with crafts, pool days and so much more. Next thing you know, it'll be at the start of the fall semester once again.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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