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How to Find a Great Babysitter

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: How do you find a good babysitter? Or, does your teen want to start babysitting?
Air Date: 2/12/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
How to Find a Great Babysitter
In the middle years, many children learn babysitting skills by being taken care of by an older sister or brother or by helping their parents care for younger siblings.

At some point, they may express an interest in becoming a sitter; and by the age of 13 or so, they may be ready to do so.

Schools and organizations such as the YMCA or local hospitals often provide courses in babysitting.

However, nothing can compare to experience; preferably under the observation of an adult. Emergencies can still happen, even when you leave your child alone with the most experienced babysitter.

Dr. Corinn Cross shares advice on training your older child to be a the kind of babysitter you would want, as well as how to find a good babysitter for your little ones that you can completely trust.
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