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Parker County Red Cross educating teens to be safer babysitters

October 13, 2010 by Randy Keck

Next training scheduled for Nov. 6

How prepared is your teenaged babysitter? Maybe more—or less—than you thought.

A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that while almost all 13-year-old babysitters know who to contact if there is an intruder or a child is sick, injured or poisoned, 40 percent of younger babysitters reported that they had left children unattended while babysitting, and 20 percent opened the door to strangers.

The American Red Cross babysitter’s training course provides extensive coverage of safety issues such as these. A Red Cross survey also showed that the majority of parents (70 percent) would have more confidence in a babysitter trained by the Red Cross.

Designed for 11- to 15-year-olds, the one-day course covers six primary areas:

1. You're the Boss: A Guide to Leadership — The fundamental leadership skills necessary for safe, effective babysitting, such as role modeling, respect, communication, decision making and taking action.

2. The Business of Babysitting — All the basics on the business of babysitting, including assessing babysitting skills, finding work, creating a resume, figuring out how much to charge, interviewing and professional behavior.

3. Safe and Sound on the Job — Extensive coverage of safety issues related to babysitting, including safe play, telephone and personal safety, dealing with strangers, fire safety, rural safety and safety in the kitchen. Participants also get tips for preventing common injuries and illnesses as well as preparing for weather emergencies.

4. Understanding Kids from 0 to 10 — Expanded childhood development and behavior section, including information on how to select developmentally-appropriate activities, guide children in safe and effective play, encourage positive behavior, appropriately correct misbehavior and handle common behavioral challenges.

5. From Feeding to Bedtime: Caring for Kids — All the essentials of basic child care: safe techniques for holding, carrying, feeding, diapering, dressing and bathing children and infants, as well as following bedtime routines and using good personal hygiene.

6. It's an Emergency…Now What? — Covers how to care for first aid emergencies that babysitters are likely to encounter, such as bee stings, allergic reactions, asthma and burns. Participants also learn the following CPR and first aid skills: conscious check—child and infant; unconscious check—child; conscious choking—child and infant; rescue breathing—child and infant; and controlling external bleeding. Includes information on how to build your own babysitting kit.

The next class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1740 Bethel Road in Weatherford. Cost is $67. Registration is available online at www.chisholmtail.redcross.org or by calling 817-335-9137

Participants will need to bring a sack lunch.

Sports Calendar

Wednesday, March 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity Orange at Glen Rose Invitational at Squaw Valley Golf Course Links Course.

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Boswell
    Aledo Middle School at Stephenville

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Brock at Brock High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *Senior Night & District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 9

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, March 12

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Abilene Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Boswell Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Richland Tournament, Times TBA.

Monday, March 16

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Orange at Brock High School Tournament at Canyon West Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats JV vs. Joshua at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Joshua, 6:00 pm. *District Game.

Tuesday, March 17

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Lake Ridge JV Tournament at Mansfield National Golf Course.

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