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10 Top Television Rules Given to Babysitters


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When a babysitter arrives to take care of the children, they are usually given instructions on house rules, bedtime routines and a list of other important items. One of the things often on the list of instructions are television rules. These can vary in every household and even vary between children in the same household. Here are the top ten TV rules that babysitters deal with.

  1. DVD’s, yes. TV, no. Some parents control what their kids watch while they are gone by simply limiting the viewing to DVD’s. This is usually helpful to the babysitter, as the movies will likely keep the kids occupied until bedtime.
  2. Kid’s channel’s only. Limiting television to only the kid’s channels available through their cable company is another way that parents provide direction to their babysitter on appropriate choices on the TV set.
  3. Specific programs only. Other parents have a specific list of programs and their times that they provide to the babysitter. This leaves no question as to what programming is acceptable viewing.
  4. Time limits. Parents sometimes also give time limits to the amount of time the kids can spend watching television during the evening. Some parents may also have a rule about not watching television after a certain time.
  5. After homework.  This is a very common household rule regarding television viewing; it has to wait until after all the homework has been completed. Babysitters may be expected to enforce this rule.
  6. Remote ‘control’. If the parents are expecting the babysitter to enforce the television ‘rules’, they will also be expecting the babysitter to maintain control of the remote for the evening.
  7. Disney only. Another option that some parents have chosen is a one channel only rule, which could be the Disney channel only or Nickelodeon only.
  8. Educational only. For other households, the television rules may be towards educational programming only and the avoidance of pure entertainment. This actually isn’t as restrictive as it may seem, when it comes to children’s programming. A lot of kid’s programs manage to combine education with a storyline that children will enjoy.
  9. No TV. There are many homes where the parents will simply say, ‘No TV for the kids’. If this is the case, the kids are probably used to finding other things to entertain themselves. This also means the babysitter will probably get to interact with the children more during her time with them.
  10. No rules. In other homes, the opposite may be the case. There are parents who put no restrictions on television watching for their children. Many of these children also have their own televisions in their bedrooms and are used to falling asleep to the sound of the TV.

Babysitters need to always be cognizant of the fact that every household is different, and the parents are the ultimate authority for their home. The babysitter should never impose their own television rules on kids, when the parents have expressed their own rules on the topic.

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