The Practicing Parent: Babysitter Training

About once a month, the Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross offers a training course for babysitters.

Instructor Michele Bode says it teaches the basics and more.

"Our babysitting class is really great, not only do we teach the diaper changing, bottle feeding, clothing, how to hold a baby, but we also do a lot of learning leadership skills. We touch a lot on responsibility and a lot on safety," Bode said.

Babysitting is often a teenagers first business, so Bode says the class also teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills.

"We have resume making, how to start a babysitting business and be safe about it," Bode said. "We have kids that want to do it for a job and make extra money. We also have kids that these days go home and they're taking care of their younger siblings, younger family members and they need those skills."

Students leave with a template for making business cards, a babysitting training book and babysitting dvd.

Training is $85 at the American Red Cross offices (1800 S. Harrison, Amarillo) from 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday, September 21, 2013.

On October 19th, training is at the YMCA (1330 NW 18th Avenue in Amarillo) from 9:00am-4:00pm.

To register, call 1-800-733-2767, Option 3

Thanks to scholarships from the United Way, training is free for youth in these zip codes - 79107, 79103, 79106 North of I-40.

Zip codes listed above call 1-806-376-6309

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