Babysitting is not for everyone. Take this short babysitting test to find out if babysitting is the right job for you!
Question 1. You have arrived at the house where you will be babysitting at. The children that you will be babysitting are Tim (2 years old), Lisa (5 years old) and Henry (7 years old). After the parents leave, Tim begins to cry. What do you do?
- A) You comfort him and try to distract him with his toys.
- B) You cuddle him and say: "mom and dad are coming back soon".
- C) You call the parents and ask them what to do.
- D) You leave him to cry until he tires out. After all, children should learn to be without their parents.
Question 2. It's time for dinner. You are sitting down to eat with the children but Lisa is a fussy eater. She keeps her mouth shut and refuses to eat anything. What do you do?
- A) You don't force Lisa to eat, but you tell her instead that she won't get dessert if she doesn't finish what's on her plate.
- B) You don't force Lisa to eat, but you tell her instead that she will get an extra portion of dessert if she finishes what's on her plate.
- C) You ask Lisa to actually taste her food. If she still refuses to eat it, you let her leave the table with the other children.
- D) You only let Lisa leave the table once she has finished everything on her plate.
Question 3. You are watching TV with the children. Your favorite show is on but the children want to watch cartoons. What do you do?
- A) You tell the children that your favorite show is on and you can't miss it.
- B) You watch your show. You are now the boss as the parents are away.
- C) You try to distract the children by getting them do something else so that you can watch your show.
- D) It doesn't matter. You can skip your show sometimes.
Question 4. Whilst you were in the bathroom, Henry drew on a wall. What do you do?
- A) You punish him and send him straight to his room.
- B) You shrug your shoulders. The parents will deal with it when they get home.
- C) You remain calm and try to clean up the mess.
- D) You let Henry clean up the mess.
Question 5. It's the children's bedtime but they don't want to go to sleep yet. What do you do?
- A) You get angry and shout to the children that they should go to bed immediately.
- B) You tell the children that they can stay up if they stay in their own rooms.
- C) You promise to read the children a story if they go to bed.
- D) You let the children watch TV in the hopes that they will eventually fall asleep.
Question 6. You are nicely watching TV when you hear Tim crying because he misses his parents. What do you do?
- A) You go to Tim's room and try to distract him by reading him a book.
- B) You immediately call Tim's mother and tell her that she must come home straight away.
- C) You shout to Tim that he must stop crying immediately.
- D) You ignore Tim's cries and try to drown them out by raising the volume of the TV.
Question 7. The parents are late and eventually arrive one hour later than the agreed time, without giving you any notice. What do you do?
- A) You tell them that it's absolutely no problem.
- B) You leave the house at the agreed time before the parents have even come home. An appointment is an appointment after all.
- C) You discuss the situation with the parents. It should not be expected that this happens every time.
- D) You threaten to leave the house at the agreed time the next time that this happens, whether the parents are home or not.
Answers: If you get at least 4 of the questions right, babysitting is probably the right job for you!
- Question 1: A or B
- Question 2: A or C
- Question 3: D
- Question 4: C
- Question 5: C
- Question 6: A
- Question 7: C