Four-year-olds Baby Sitting Baby sitting Four-year-olds can be a nightmare or a gold mine if you know what to do. I think most of us have had encounters with a few of them whether they were our brothers and sisters or our neighbors children. Next time you have an encounter with one you might want to consider the following tips. Toddlers have lots of energy. They might run you around the table for hours before they get tired. Believe me I get tired much faster than my three and a half year old nephew does.
I can honestly say that every child has some favorite characters like Batman, Barbie or tellietubbies. They always have one and it might help to find in advance what their favorite TV show or favorite toys are, so you can plan to watch a video or play with some figures of there favorite character. To help kids to get into their nightclothes you might want to bribe them. Like for example by saying I let you have a candy or some popcorn if can get ready to bed. But one thing you must always remember is to never ever ever under any circumstances make them any promises before bedtime because as soon as they get what you promised them, they will forget what they have to do in exchange. Kids under five should be in bed no later than eight thirty no matter what the kids say.
I think parents and any experienced baby sitter will agree this is the most difficult task of the night. Almost all kids will fight to the death to avoid going to sleep. Some methods can vary from child to child depending on the attitude of the kid but first thing to avoid some conflict you should tell them at least an hour in advance when they will be going to bed, this gets rid of the argument like you never told me that I have to go to bed at eight o clock. Next, as bedtime arrives you should make sure that they are ready for bed: teeth brushed, nightclothes on and then in a nice calm soothing voice you should say Okay Marco and Amy it s time for bed. If there is an argument you can start off with being nice like saying Oh really? Well if you don t go to bed I might just have to tickle you to death! Or if being nice doesn t work the good old phrase I will tell your Mom or Daddy that you wouldn t go to bed will almost always work.
I hope these baby-sitting tips will help you with your next encounter with a child.