Last summer I had an internship with a photographer, but interning is very different than actually having a job; the main reason: you don’t get paid as an intern. I loved interning, and it taught me a lot, but nothing feels better than getting a nice paycheck for all your hard-work. This summer, I got to experience that great feeling for myself!
I’m sure you’re wondering what job I’m doing as a fifteen year old who can’t even drive yet, but you won’t be too surprised. I am a nanny. Yes, a typical babysitter. I “work” two days a week from eight a.m. to four p.m., and get paid eleven dollars an hour! They have four children, and two of them are still babies, with their ages ranging form zero to seven. Of course having four young kids and two babies is a lot of work. My cousin felt overwhelmed and that is when she asked for my help!
So, what exactly do I do? I’m sure you’re wondering if their own mother has trouble with taking care of them how could I possibly babysit them. Well, we work together! My mom drops me off at eight a.m. and when I get there all the kiddos are wide awake and full of energy. So, it’s my job to wear them out while my cousins cleans, goes to the store, fixes lunch and other upcoming meals, and prepares bottles. Some days we swim, or go to the Zoo, but other days, I have to come up with things to do to keep them busy. That may include playing outside, having scavenger hunts, making crafts, etc.
One craft we loved doing was one I found on Pinterest.
As you can see, each child makes his/her own paper air plane and then tries to get their planes inside of the holes. It was very simple to make as well as simple to play. All I did was cut big holes on a poster-board and wrote how many points you receive if you get your paper airplane in the slots. The kids enjoyed making their own airplanes and I enjoyed being able to sit down for a bit while they shot them through the sky.
After all these games, and some lunch in their bellies the kids are officially worn out and ready for naps. This is when I get ready to head out and Mamma Bear steps in and finishes off the rest of the day.
Babysitting is definitely hard, but it’s worth the enjoyment of the kids, and of course getting money to pay for a car. Just like any job, you can make it a bore and hate it, but If you put your heart and time into it, it can be really fun and keep you busy this summer. If you’re looking for a job this summer I would definitely recommend babysitting, I mean just look at their cute faces;)