by Leslie Hopper, IUPUI - Indianapolis

Introduction

 It's your Uncle Jim's birthday.  The entire family has gathered to celebrate...Grandma Eve, Papa Joe, Aunt Linda, and all of your ten of your cousins.  The adults are all ready to relax after dinner and cake, but your cousins (five them being under the age of 8) are running around.  They're eager, excited, loud, and ready to play.  The parents look tired and rub their heads...

You jump into action!  Eagerly, you encourage the young ones to join you in the playroom where you start a fun game of "Simon Says."  Next, you play a game of "Monopoly, Jr.," followed by song and dance activity.  Before long, all of the kids are happy and under control.

When it's time to go later, your relatives are singing your praises.  Your Grandma Eve comments, "You're a natural!  Ever think of working with children?"

If you're still reading and this scenario sounds like a scene from your life, it's time to develop your interests in working with children.  Babysitting is a great way to work with children and learn responsibility skills!  Plus, who doesn't like doing something they love and making a some money at the same time?  So if you're ready to take your child-friendly skills to the next level, read on...