Why Babysitting Is The Best Summer Job
Start writing a post
Student Life

Why Babysitting Is The Best Summer Job

(and it's only a little about the money)

10
Why Babysitting Is The Best Summer Job
Jordan Garrett

I have now completed three years of college, and during that time I've had quite a few jobs. I've worked more retail than I'd like to discuss, and hopefully I'll never have to travel that dark path again.

Babysitting is the job I keep coming back to.

I've babysat for kids of all ages, everywhere from newborns to middle schoolers, and every summer (plus winter and spring breaks, and sometimes weekends too) I babysit again. I will be the first to admit that occasionally kids just suck. Sometimes they're just bad (especially in groups) and there's no right thing to say or do to get them to be good. Those times can be really hard, and that's when you find yourself thinking you'll never come back.

But there are great times as well. When you've got a little one who's just woken up from their nap and is all snuggled up to you and not moving a muscle, you can't help but smile. Sometimes they'll do something bad and you'll have to yell at them but then they're so cute that you can't stay mad. My niece and nephews are my favorite kids to watch (which is mostly bias, I'll admit) and there have been so many times when I've looked at them and was so blown away by their cuteness that I couldn't even punish them for doing something wrong (even my nephews who are twins and tend to feed each other's bad vibes most days).

And it's a mutual attachment. I babysat for a four child family last year, and the one little boy was pretty bad. He'd pick on his siblings all day and all day I'd have to yell at him. He'd be mad at me constantly and throw tantrums, but at the end of the day when his dad came home he would run and try to hide my shoes so I couldn't leave. And when I told him I wouldn't be watching them anymore he grabbed onto my leg and wouldn't let go despite my protests. Yes, there are very hard moments, but in my opinion the rewards outweigh them heavily.

Also, no matter how short- or long-term of a job you're looking for, babysitting tends to pay really well. Most parents will pay $10 or more an hour (so if you're watching kids for, say, a teacher whose school day is 8 hours, you'll make $80 that day). That being said, if you're hurting for money, there are tons of parents who would love to have a sitter even just for date nights, and you'll make at least $20 off that (which is a lot when you're broke).

Moral of the story: if you've never babysat before, try it out. If you have babysat before, offer your services again because parents really want someone experienced. The more experience you have, the more likely you are to get hired, and hired more often. Plus, let's be honest, you've always wanted a job where you can text all day and not get yelled at for it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

New England Summers Are The BEST Summers

Why you should spend your next summer in New England.

416
Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less
Entertainment

Fibonacci Sequence Examples: 7 Beautiful Instances In Nature

Nature is beautiful (and so is math). The last one will blow your mind.

234665
illustration of the fibonacci sequence
StableDiffusion

Yes, the math major is doing a math-related post. What are the odds? I'll have to calculate it later. Many people have probably learned about the Fibonacci sequence in their high school math classes. However, I thought I would just refresh everyone's memories and show how math can be beautiful and apply to physical things everywhere around us with stunning examples.

Keep Reading...Show less
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

89962
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments