This past semester I became a nanny for one of the sweetest families I have ever met, right here in Brookline. There is a myriad of ways that you can find a good, well-paying babysitting job, starting with your friends, sorority sisters, co-workers, or fellow classmates, and ending with quickie jobs at BU’s student employment office. Here are just a few reasons why you should become the next Mary Poppins of Brookline Village.
1. Kids are cute
The girl I babysit for told me that I was a cup and she wanted to drink me all up. Then she drew me a picture of us playing hopscotch together. Tell me you don’t want that in your life.
2. Sometimes all the children do is nap
I once got paid to babysit a sleeping child for three hours. Think about all those wondrous hours of studying you can get done, while getting paid the big bucks!
3. The family often has a pet
Forget about waiting in line at the library for your ten instagramable seconds of fame with the pet therapy pups. Nearly every family I have babysat for has had a very lovable cat, dog, or hamster ready for all the therapeutic cuddles.
4. There is always a set school schedule
It is pretty clear: children get out of school at 2:30, and parents get home around 5:00 or 6:00pm. Your schedule is set, and it will rarely vary.
5. You get paid immediately
Forget about waiting until the first of the month, or even having to take out taxes. After all, you need to buy those new shoes for formal ASAP. Ask the family for cash, check, or even Venmo.
6. They will always ask you to work more hours
Whether there is an early dismissal or they need you to cover their date night, you will almost always be asked for more hours. And you know what that mean$. Oops, was that a typo?
7. You will love it, and the kids will love you!