From The Girl Who Hated Babysitting Until She Loved It

From The Girl Who Hated Babysitting Until She Loved It

And you thought you were making a decent living.

I used to HATE babysitting The thought of me having to watch over young(er) children and be responsible for them made my stomach flip and twist and turn. I never had a hatred towards children, I think they are great (most times), but having them under my responsibility was terrifying to me.

But now I am legally an adult and I can say that for the most part... it hasn't been that bad. In fact, these are reasons why babysitting is a pretty sweet gig.

1. You get to witness these children grow and become actual people who form opinions.

This helps if you've been with a family for as long as I have. I watch over two families for over the course of three years, and because they are so young, everything they do is absorbed in their minds and then they learn from it. Please refer to the next one to understand what I am saying.

2. You may get to witness their first time cursing.

It's truly an experience to see a seven-year-old kid say f**k you to their sister and then quickly covering their mouth as if I couldn't hear it. Of course, I had to act my age and say "no, [insert name], we don't say that." But really on the inside, I was laughing my a** off.

3. "Why is a grandma so violent, I swear she has bloody socks."

They ALL play video games, naturally, grandma is the evil antagonist trying to kill them all in their post-zombie-apocalyptic grandma-themed maze of torture. So hearing sentences like these have become more of the norm, and less unnatural.

4. You learn to become used to different decibels of screaming.

Kid #1 (5 y/o) [to older brother]: "I can't believe you took my Barbie doll, you moron"

Older brother: *stunned, as if he's never heard that word before* "I'm telling mom!!"

Kid #1: No!!!!!

Me, thinking: I have never heard that loud of a noise before

5. When they go to sleep, you get to chill till their folks come home.

"Oh, the kids should be in bed at nine, and you won't be home until one? That's fine, they'll be safe and sound way before you get home."

6. It gives you an excuse to play with stupid sh*t like slime.

... or play-doh, or rainbow loom, or some video game, or watch dumb Youtube videos. Whatever, it's a job. Just not a typical one.

7. Seeing them get along actually melts your heart.

When they work together to finish the puzzle or form some sort of alliance against you it really shows that they know how to get along. You couldn't have been more proud because you never thought the day would come. You're truly in utter shock.

8. They think you're, like, one of the smartest people ever.

Especially if they're young, and you help them with their homework and color within the lines. I would like to thank my kindergarten teacher for that last one, you rock!

9. You get to make money for probably the easiest job you will ever have.

Ten bucks an hour? Slime? Free food? Them sleeping half the time? Sure, no problem.

10. It's fun.

All in all, yes you get paid, yes there are perks, but kids are a lot of fun to be around once you respect each other. The key to being a great babysitter and killing it at this job is to understand that they are people too, whatever the age may be.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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