So I just got this from the American Red Cross - Utah Chapter, and while yes it makes total sense, I'm really tired of all the things that as I parent I now have to concern myself with.

When I was a kid, I had no certification and babysat neighbors kids all the time.  Ditto the ones that babysat me.  Plus, we didn't have cell phones to call parents in case of emergency.  If something happened, I guess we'd just run back home and ask our own parents for help.

But, now we supposedly "know better" and so there are classes like this available:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH ( April 17, 2009)— The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross  encourages all babysitters to take the Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course.  Youth ages 11-15 are invited to take the class.  Red Cross safety experts teach babysitters first aid, choking, and other safety skills.  Having a Red Cross Babysitter’s Training certification is also a great way for kids to market themselves for babysitting jobs.  The course offers the knowledge, skills, and confidence to care for infants and school-aged children.  The cost is $35 and the class runs 6 hours and 45 minutes.

This course includes a participant handbook, CD-ROM, activities, hands-on training and group discussion on the following topics:

  • Responding to emergencies and illnesses with first aid, rescue breathing and other appropriate care
  • Babysitters learn age-appropriate activities for the children in their care
  • Making decisions under pressure
  • Recognizing safety and hygiene issues
  • Feeding, changing diapers and other care for infants
  • Communicating with parents to learn household rules

For more info call 801-323-7014 or visit  or go right to this link for the class description and the schedule:


About the American Red Cross, Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides blood to 30 area hospitals; and supports military members and their families. The organization also provides emergency utility assistance and international family tracing services. The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization, not a government funded agency, which depends entirely upon volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. Donate your time or resources to the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross by calling 801-323-7000 or