Moms and dads occasionally need to do some tasks that require a babysitter for your brother or sister. They need someone to babysit because they can’t watch your little brother or sister while they are getting their special tasks done. When your parents need your help, they will be counting on you to keep your brother or sister safe. Maybe your mom will be talking on the phone to someone. Or your dad might be fixing something.
Anyway, you can show them that you can pay attention and be responsible by helping to take care of your younger brother or sister. It will be important for you to remember that for those few minutes, you will be responsible for your little brother or sister’s life. That’s why you must pay attention to what your brother/sister is doing during the time you are in charge.
So, how can you spend the time with your brother or sister? Well, you can play a game he or she likes. Or perhaps you could teach him or her how to count or say the ABCs.
You can even show him/her how to learn something new, like tie his/her shoes. The most important thing, though, is that you will need to stay right with him/her, so you can see what he/she is doing at all times.
The reason you must stay close by your brother or sister is because you must keep him or her safe. Now that you are older, you probably know about some of the things around the house where a child could get hurt.
He or she should not go near the stove and you shouldn't take him or her outdoors unless your parents say you can. Both of you need to stay safe for the short time that you are babysitting.
It won’t be long before Mom or Dad will be able to take over the care of your brother/sister. At that time, you can then go play and have fun on your own.
Being a babysitter is a big responsibility but something that most boys and girls can handle for just a few minutes. Hopefully, you will have fun while you are babysitting your little brother or sister.