We asked several experienced babysitters to give us one tip to pass along to aspiring sitters. Each came up with something different.
"Have patience with the kids because they're not always going to listen."
Megan Raker, 14, Potomac
Getting stressed out "may not do anyone any good. You won't have as much fun and you really don't need to be so [stressed] to be a good babysitter."
Gabe Finkelstein, 15, Washington
"If anything happens, don't panic, stay calm. If the kid knows that you're calm, [he or she will] stay calm, too."
Jill Rosenberg, 15, Potomac
"When you're starting out, make sure you get a . . . good hourly rate. You're worth more than you think you are."
Michael Minerbi, 15, Bethesda