Six Techniques Every Babysitter Should Know

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Studies have shown that trained babysitters are more prepared to prevent emergencies through proper safety planning and to handle such incidents when they unfortunately happen. Every day, teenagers jump into the business of looking after the neighborhood kids Â? with and without adequate training - and the ones that are better trained are more confident and often receive more referrals.

Studies have shown that trained babysitters are more prepared to prevent emergencies through proper safety planning and to handle such incidents when they unfortunately happen. Every day, teenagers jump into the business of looking after the neighborhood kids – with and without adequate training - and the ones that are better trained are more confident and often receive more referrals.

Today’s babysitters need skills and awareness that past generations didn’t need and the Super Babysitting DVD is packed full of tips, tricks and techniques for any child to learn. This ultimate babysitting resource covers six techniques to better prepare every potential babysitter:

•    Choose safe and appropriate toys

•    Preventing injuries

•    How to perform basic first aid

•    Feeding infants

•    Dinner time techniques

•    Bath and bedtime techniques

The Super Babysitting DVD is designed to give children eleven to fifteen years old the knowledge and confidence they need to deal with any issue that may arise while they are babysitting.

“Super Babysitting contains over an hour of the essential strategies, tips and techniques that your child or grandchild needs to learn to become a successful babysitter.”, says creator Judi Phillips. She goes on to explain, “They will learn the importance of being prepared for a babysitting job, what to expect and how to plan for the unexpected. Of course, they will also learn the five keys to being a super babysitter.”

Judi Phillips, MS, LPC, RPT has earned a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology as well as a Registered Play Therapist. She has also worked as a mental health therapist for children and their families for over fifteen years. Nanette B. Nilsson has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and has also led Girl Scouts for over five years. The Super Babysitting DVD is available online.

For further information on this DVD or to request an interview contact:Richard Myers        

Phone:    864-915-7297    

Email: Richard@newsouthmedia.com            Website:http://www.superbabysitting.com

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Product Review

90 minutes to peace of mind: DVD a babysitting must-have

by Cam McAlpine

Babysitting used to be easy.

Parents looking for a babysitter didn’t have to do much more than call the neighbor’s daughter, show her where the fridge and TV were, and write down the phone number where they would be for the evening. Kids looking to do some babysitting just had to knock on their neighbors’ doors and ask.

Not so today. Parents today demand much more than a warm body looking after their kids. They need to know their children are being cared for by a competent, responsible, mature person who comes prepared for the worst, and ensures the best.

It’s a lot to ask of anyone, never mind a Sixth Grader. So where do you begin?

“Super Babysitting” – a DVD created by Judi Phillips, MS, LPC, RPT, and produced by New South Media, LLC – is a good place to start. In fact, this 90-minute digital babysitting course is so thorough that, if a babysitter could prove they own a copy and have studied it, I’d hire them on the spot. It gives me that much confidence.

The DVD begins by discussing the characteristics of a great babysitter, and the basics of the business. The best babysitters are the ones who have the most fun, it tells us. But it also points out that you have to be professional and responsible in everything you do, and it offers examples of what builds a sense of professionalism: what questions to ask, how to dress and present oneself, professional etiquette, how to interact with the parents and the kids.

The product covers the entire range of information necessary to becoming a qualified babysitter, including: how to choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games; how to perform basic first aid, prevent injuries, and be prepared if an emergency does happen; tips for dealing with the many personalities of children; and how to handle dinner time, bath time and bed time.

Super Babysitting is a professionally produced introduction to the world of babysitting that leaves nothing to chance. The material is backed up by the impressive credentials of Phillips, who has a Masters Degree in Psychology, 15 years as a mental health therapist and is a Registered Play Therapist, as well as a mother of three. Narrator Nannette B. Nilsson, an elementary school educator, mother and grandmother, presents the information in plain, age-appropriate language. She speaks in the gentle, personalized style of everyone’s favorite grade school teacher.

If I had one beef about the product, it’s the style of presentation. While we wouldn’t expect MTV production values, the chosen method – Nilsson speaking to the camera as though to a classroom with no props beyond some toys and a flip chart – may leave some kids cold. And, at an hour and a half, the DVD goes far beyond the average attention span of today’s pre-teens and teenagers.

The latter problem is solved, however, by breaking the material into nine bite-size pieces, thus creating natural break points. This babysitting course can be viewed in one 90-minute session, or over the course of a few days. And, unlike classroom-based courses, it can be paused, rewound and fast-forwarded depending on the needs of the viewer.

All in all, Super Babysitting is an essential tool that would benefit any babysitter, whether a 15-year-old with years of experience, or a youngster just starting out. At $34.95, it is a good value. But perhaps the most important asset of the Super Babysitting DVD is the peace of mind it offers – to babysitters, their parents, and the parents of the children they’ll be looking after.

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Cam McAlpine is a journalist who wrote a newspaper column on parenting called “Baby Makes 3”. When he was in Seventh Grade, he babysat five days a week, and occasionally on weekends. He has two children, the oldest of which wants to start babysitting next year when he turns 10.

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