If you’ve ever taken care of a child (or a whole herd!) you know that it’s about 10% knowledge and 90% luck. Kids can see right through even the sternest parent, but being a babysitter is even worse! They know you’re “not the boss of them” and that they can pretty much get away with murder.
“You really get brownies for breakfast?”
“Are you sure you’re allowed to pee on that?”
“Oh, your mom says you’re allowed to jump down the stairs with knives?
Ok, maybe that last one is a bit of a dramatization (depending on the child), but it’s true that all kids know how to bend the rules. It may seem like a hopeless problem, but the answer is simple. Ice cream. Babysitters everywhere rejoice! Whether it’s whining for something they want, complaining that something’s not good enough, or crying because their parents aren’t home – all roads lead to ice cream.
Not only does it make them happy (what kid doesn’t love ice cream?), it also creates a moment of blissful silence as they spoon their way through each scoop! Nothing else you’ve said or done that night, no disappointments or tantrums, will matter. You will forever be “the cool babysitter”. Then when the sugar high ends they crash, and the little angels are asleep in bed when their parents get home. The house is still in one piece, things are calm and peaceful… You are the ultimate babysitter.
What’s the craziest (or funniest) thing your kids ever did to you or a babysitter?