Saturday, July 21, 2012

Book: Don't Sit on the Baby

Don't Sit On the Baby!: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled, and Safe Babysitting. By Halley Bondy. Zest Books, 2012.

This is the perfect book to help tweens and teens decide if they're ready for adventures in babysitting. Don't Sit on the Baby is full of very helpful tips that can help a beginner, novice or even a pro sitter. The organization of the book makes it easy to navigate and in case of emergencies, it becomes the go-to source with safety tips and advice. One of the best parts would be shared experiences of teen babysitters, aptly titled "Tales from the Crib," which can calm the nervous first-timer or simply provide ideas on how to act in similar situations. The book even includes an entire section on the business aspect of babysitting - from how to land the job in the first place, maintaining a business relationship with the parents and being prepared to stand up for your rights, to taking babysitting a step further. The book concludes with some handy resources.