Babysitting Trick

Being an Aunt is one of my favorite titles. I’ve owned it proudly since I was 12, and I shamelessly compete for my nieces and nephews affection.

A couple of times a year my siblings ask me to babysit while they take exotic vacations, and although I love playing mum, it’s exhausting. So by the time bedtime rolls around, I’m more than ready for some down time, and really want them to go to sleep…and fast!

Recently, I came up with a little trick that works miracles and guarantees kids are a sleep in five minutes or less…

After stories and prayers, I tell them that if they are asleep by the time I come back in five minutes they’ll wake up to a little treat at the end of their beds. I’m totally shocked how well this works, in fact it’s become one of things they look forward to when I come and stay.

As there’s usually four kids for more than a week, so keep my treats small. All of the above were things I found between 1¢ – 50¢ at Target, The Dollar Tree, and Michael’s. So for $1 a night I have peace and quiet from four kids, now that’s a bargain!

It really doesn’t matter if they’re not quite asleep when I check, as long as they’re quiet they soon will be. It’s a win win!



5 Responses to “Babysitting Trick”

  1. LB Says:

    What a clever, fun idea! :)

  2. Di Loggenberg Says:

    Brilliant idea – I shall nick it for my grandchildren – never too old to learn, hey? I really love yous site and check it out everytime it’s in my FB post!! Thank you both. x

  3. john Says:

    I’m not too sure what we are teaching here ~ but nevertheless you are a wonderful Aunt.

  4. Terri Says:

    I always say ” If at first you don’t succeed, bribe em” ! ~x~

  5. LB Says:

    I think of this as positive reinforcement with incentives. I know a lot of parents who use stickers on chore charts. Teachers often use incentives too. To me, it’s all the same. Santa is another example. How many parents sing… “You better not shout, you better not pout, Santa Claus is coming to town…”