Young girls learn to be "Super Sitters"

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 3/11 7:26 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- More than a dozen young girls learned the basics of first aid and CPR during a "Super Sitters" class at Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County in New Albany.

Along with that came other useful information that helps them become better babysitters.

Topics range from age-appropriate food and play to the many responsibilities of a sitter.

"They gain a lot of independence. They also realize that child they're keeping is that parent's most prized possession. They're responsible for that child that day or night or when they're keeping them," said Crystal McBrayer, instructor.

This class for ages 12 and up includes girls who've babysat in the past, but others who haven't.

They each have reasons for spending part of their spring break here in class.

"When I get older I'm going into elementary education. Babysitting gets me used to that. This class helps you to learn how to handle certain situations you might find yourself in," stated Mackenzie Armstrong, New Albany.

Also covered was how to start a babysitting business and get clients.

Participants even learned how much they'll likely get paid.
 
"They're ready to answer that question and that's just another way of helping them be prepared to be a good babysitter," McBrayer added.

The instructor hopes the girls will have good part-time jobs ahead of them after finishing the class.
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