How Babysitting Sets You Up for A Successful Future in Business

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Many women first venture out into the business world at the age of twelve or thirteen, working as babysitters for family friends and neighbors. I have been babysitting ever since I was twelve, and I am currently paying my way through college by working as a private nanny. Sometimes people ask me if I plan to get a job at a restaurant or retail store, for fear that I am not gaining enough business skills as a nanny.

Despite the notion that child-care is “just babysitting”, I have found that working as a nanny has provided me with amazing business skills that are valuable and easily transferable to any field. Below find out some of the skills that you will gain as a child-care provider:

1. Interview Skills

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No one takes an interview more seriously than a parent looking for someone to take care of their child. In a normal business situation, the interviewer asks questions to insure that you are competent, a team player, skilled in the field, and a generally good fit for the company. In a child-care interview, the parent is asking you questions to insure that you will feed their child, keep them safe, and not burn the house down. No parent will hire anyone lacking the qualities of trustworthiness, integrity, creativity, and patience. During a child-care interview, I have to quickly prove that I am 100% trustworthy, otherwise I won’t get the job. After many child-care interviews, I feel that I can take on any interview in the business world.

2. Working Under Pressure

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Managing to do three loads of laundry, wash all the dishes, cook dinner, and keep a cool composure, all while the two kids are fighting with each other, or the baby is fussing, definitely creates a stressful environment. Watching children will test your patience, but a seasoned care-giver will develop the skills of staying calm and positive, even on the worst days.

3. Staying Committed to Responsibilities

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After some time passes, it is tempting to procrastinate or become lazy with our responsibilities. When you work as a child-care provider, there is no room for laziness. You can’t put off feeding the kids, administering their medicine, or making sure they get to school on time.  There is no room for forgetting or cutting corners when it comes to your job’s responsibilities. Being able to commit to this sort of job, and persevere through it will help you dramatically in your future profession in any field.

4. Knowing how to Deal with Crazy Co-Workers

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When you work with kids, they are your co-workers. If you are a private nanny, they might be the only human interaction you get all day. Sometimes this is a very sweet, loving, and rewarding experience, but most days, there are at least a few crazy moments.

Pretty soon into your job, you will experience your little coworkers getting their spit up or other bodily fluids all over your new sweater and not even apologizing, or yelling at you when you give them the wrong colored plate.  You will learn that the best way to deal with all co-worker drama is to just take a deep breath and move on.

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Beyond these skills , working with kids on a daily basis will improve your patience, creativity, empathy, energy, judgment, organization, and more. And most importantly, anyone who works with children has the opportunity to make a profoundly positive impact on that child’s life.

About the Author: Norah Kearneyunnamed

I am currently a junior at Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri. I’m working on my BA in English with a focus on creative writing. I plan to use my degree for writing, editing, teaching, or a bit of all three.

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