Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 --- 9:00 p.m.
In honor of Red Cross month in Wisconsin, the organization is promoting one of its program geared toward youth.
Babysitter training courses are offered each weekend across the state for teens 11-15. They learn everything from how to change a diaper to how to save a life.
Red Cross instructor Anissa Fellenz teaches the course.
"If I was trusting someone with my child, I would want them to know when it was an emergency or when it wasn't and how they would react in a situation," Fellenz said.
Sydney Stricker, 10, completed her babysitting certification last weekend. "The hardest thing was probably the rescue breathing or the mouth-to-mouth because it takes your breath away and it's really really hard."
Now she's prepared for the good, bad and scary moments that can come up while watching little kids.
"That one inch of water can be threatening to someone that's even older," Stricker said. "If something happens, then you'll know what to do."
Stricker also learned bottle feeding, first aid, starting a babysitting business, which toys and activities are appropriate, how to communicate with the parents, how to deal with behavior problems and what to do if a child has a medical emergency.
"It's skills they learn that can apply to other things," Fellenz said. "I actually had a boy come back to one of my classes that his friend had choked after a soccer game. He knew what to do."
Upcoming babysitter's training courses in Wis. are below:
March 8 Green Bay
March 15 Madison - full
March 15 Racine
March 15 Stevens Point
March 18 Altoona
March 21 River Falls
March 22 Iron Mountain, Mich.
March 25 Stevens Point
March 29 Madison
For more information on classes go to: www.redcross.org/take-a-class. Enter your zip code and search the category "Babysitting".
In Janesville, Mercy Health System was recently recognized as a top
teaching site in 2013 by Safe Sitter®, Inc. for the second year in a row.
Mercy earns this recognition for its dedication to teaching adolescents the necessary responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children.
To register for an upcoming Safe Sitter class, call (608) 756-6100 or
toll-free at (888) 39-MERCY. For more information about the Safe Sitter
program, visit safesitter.org.