I'm going to be babystting my cousins during vacation (while the grown-ups are doing other stuff) and I need some advice. There are going to be 6 kids, ranging from 4 years to 12 years. I'm 13, and the two 12 year olds tend not to lesson to me, as I'm not much older.
Two of the six kids are my siblings, ages 8 and 12. the 12 year old rebels everytime I'm in charge, and I have no idea what to do when i have all six.
I'm certified by Red cross in CPR, Basic First Aid, and Babysitting, as well as by Safe Sitter, but I've never babysat so many kids at once.
The younger kids are nooo problem, and I have tons of games for them, but the older kids are making me nervous, even though i have games for them too.
What can I do to earn their respect? How can I keep them in line? Any suggestions for keeping them all entertained?
Thank you sooo Much!!
The craft thing is an awesome idea! That's how I did it, too. Like if one of the little-er kids was struggling with a craft, I would delegate, and ask one of the older kids to help out, and it worked really well. You're in a difficult situation, because you know these kids, and you aren't always in charge of them, so it's going to be harder to get control of them. With the older kids, tell them that you aren't trying to control them, you are just there to make sure things go well, and no one gets into trouble. If a fight breaks out, try to mediate. Sit them down, and calmly ask what's going on. Get one point of view, and then the other. Try to come up with a solution that everyone can deal with. If someone wants to play one game, while the other wants to play another game, see if you could have three kids play one game, and three kids play another game. You've got a big enough group that you can split them up a little bit, you know? Bring movies that kids of all ages would like to watch. Think of movies that you like, that would still be appropriate for the four year old. How to Train Your Dragon, for example, is a movie that little kids like, and even I, an 18 year old, still enjoy. Basically, the two most important things you can do are 1) delegate, share a bit of the responsibility with the twelve year olds, and 2) mediate, try to solve problems amoung the kids.
I think you are going to be fine, but if you have any questions, you can funmail me, and I'd be happy to give you some advice :)
Thanks! my cousin (who is 12) ans sister (the other 12 year old) get along ok, but they aren't very.... good with little kids. Would it be ok to put them in charge of crafts? They are both VERY crafty!
My cousin is also certified by safe sitter, and likes control. My uncles and Aunts asked ME to babysitt THEM, but they prefere it the other way around. My cousin and her sister fight a ton, and if they do, I won't be able to tell the older one what to do if she doesn't lisen.... and she won't.
My sister will eigther rebel, or try to boss the others around to the point where I give up.
How can I convice them to lissen? Should I have an Adult back me up in my authority over them? (I'm feeling sick just thinking about it!) >.<
Well, since two of them are only a little bit younger than you, I would try to use them as equals. You could ask them to help you out with the younger kids. That way, they don't see you as trying to make them into babies, because they are not. I've never babysat that many kids before, but I did do a vacation bible school a couple of summers ago where I was in charge of a bunch of kids in about the same age range. If you just treat the older kids more like helpers than someone who needs to be babysat, the will likely be more willing to cooperate. It's a lot of responsibility to place on a thirteen year old, no matter how mature you are (and you do seem mature). I wish you the best of luck :)
That happened to me when I had to babysit 10 kids and the parents went to a party, I let the older ones hang out in a room while I took care of the younger ones.