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Area youth become ‘Super Sitters’

The newly trained “Super Sitters” include: Hannah Sleen, Morgan Schrupp, Hailey Frohman, Emily Kain, Mackenzie Eckre, Annika Kovar, Kassidy Kovar, Mariah Samuelson, Lauren Horter, Dannika George, Makayla Gruette and Heather Jasmer.

Twelve area youth completed a six-hour “Super Sitter Babysitting Clinic” on March 23 at the Perham Area Community Center.

The course was facilitated by Janet Malone, 4-H program coordinator for the University of Minnesota Extension Office in East Otter Tail County.

University of Minnesota Extension says: “Babysitting is an occupation for many young people. Being responsible for a child, however, does not come naturally; there are many facets of child care which must be taught. Knowing how to meet children’s physical safety and security needs is of primary importance, but equally important is knowing how to provide companionship, understanding and patience.”

The babysitting clinic was designed to help youth develop the knowledge and skills of a super sitter. Youth discussed the job description of a babysitter, developed skills related to caring, entertaining, and managing “hard-to-handle” situations with children, and how to handle emergency situations.