In a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any need at all to worry about the child you’re meant to babysit when you’re taking care of them. However, this isn’t the ideal world. Humans, including children, are completely unpredictable. There are bound to be emergencies that arise, although they probably won’t be on the level of Home Alone. When you are a babysitter taking care of someone else’s child, you need to do the right kind of prep to make sure that you are ready for an emergency if and when it does arise. Remember you have to take care of the kid as your primary priority. The answer to any situation is to take care of it as quickly as you can while making sure that the child doesn’t get sad or starts to panic.
Locked Out Of the House With No Phone
One of the worst scenarios is where you get locked out of their house and you forgot your phone. Losing a kid at a mall is actually going to be less scary than this, although this is probably why parents who are prone to lose their kids, shop at online stores like Lay-by instead. Imagine you get late to go to your babysitting gig, and you hurriedly stuff all your things into your own bag and go over there. When you get there, you realize that you don’t have the house keys either. The child is at school, obviously. Now you have to call the parents to let them know that you can’t get into the house. That’s when you realize that you have, in your hurry, left your phone in your own house. Now you can’t drive back home, and you have to get the child into the house because it is almost time for them to get back from school as well.
Keep Calm and Focus on the Kid
The first thing you need to do is calm down and think about your priorities. Your primary responsibility is the child’s safety and wellbeing. You have to stay exactly where you are and wait for the bus to drop them off at the house. Then, with the child safely in your arms, you can start thinking about what to do. The first thing you should do once you have the child with you is to go to the neighbors and ask them to use their phone. Call the parents and tell them about what has happened. If they have a key hidden under a flowerpot, now might be the time to ask for it. If they don’t, and you don’t want to worry the parents, drive back to your house with the kid and get your keys. If you can’t do this, spend the afternoon out with the kid!
Remember that keys go missing all the time. You can’t always be expected to have yours wherever you go. Apologize to the parents when they get back to the house, and explain that you will be a lot more careful so that this doesn’t happen again.