User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


39° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Babysitters Get An Education

June 11, 2014, 6:15 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Babysitters Get An Education
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Whether you're in need of a quick date night or you have to spend a long day at the office, there's always a need for babysitters. But how do you know if the sitter is qualified to take care of your children?

From how to change a diaper to what shaken baby syndrome is, 12-year-old Aspen Taylor hopes to learn a lot during this Super Sitter Babysitting class.

"Like CPR and the Heimlich, so if a kid is ever choking, you know how to do that," Taylor said.

Taylor has watched her younger cousins.

"But there's always been an adult around," Taylor said.

But she hopes to be able to take care of other people's children in the future by herself. Certified Family Life Educator Doniese Wilcox says Taylor is on the right path by taking this class.

"I do recommend they take a class. That doesn't mean they're going to be a great babysitter," Avera Certified Family Life Educator Doniese Wilcox said.

Wilcox says the main things you should look for in a babysitter are maturity and responsibility.

"They have to know the basics about safety — basic first aid, if the child skins their knee, and when to call 911," Wilcox said.

Another question you might want to ask the babysitter is whether he or she has access to a cell phone.

"There are a lot of families who no longer have landlines. If your babysitter doesn't have their own cell phone, they have no way to contact anybody," Wilcox said.

But at the same time you want to make sure that your babysitter does not spend too much time with technology.

"If you have a cell phone with you, it's for emergency purposes. It's not to be texting friends and playing games. It's to be put away, so your full attention is on the kids," Wilcox said.

All tips Taylor is taking in because she knows the job of babysitter comes with some big responsibilities.

"Especially when you know another person's life is in your hands," Taylor said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

SD Sends Suspected EV-D68 Specimens To CDC

9/11/2014 11:45 AM

The spread of Enterovirus D68 is now reaching into KELOLAND.

Full Story
Snacks That Could Throw Off Your Diet

9/10/2014 6:19 PM

From trail mix to low fat chocolate pudding, marketing gimmicks try to trick you into thinking some snacks are guilt free.

Full Story | Watch
Tracking Enterovirus D-68 In South Dakota

9/9/2014 5:40 PM

Officials with South Dakota's Department of Health say tracking any spread of Enterovirus D-68 could be difficult because no health facilities in ...

Full Story
Why Do We Faint At The Sight Of Blood?

9/9/2014 6:23 PM

Our bodies tend to overact, especially during triggers that cause fear. When your blood pressure and heart rate drop, this could cause you to faint.

Full Story | Watch
ND, SD Officials Bracing For Rare Children's Virus

9/10/2014 3:08 PM

Public health officials say a rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that has affected children in at least 10 states may...

Full Story


Events