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      The Red Cross makes the adventures of babysitting less hectic

      For most of us it was our first job and it dealt with babies, bottles and diapers.

      Babysitting is a great way for kids to earn a little extra cash, but it can also be scary.

      "It's a big responsibility so we definitely want them to be comfortable and well educated," Amanda Chavez said.

      Chavez teaches babysitting certification classes at the American Red Cross for kids 11-years-old and up.

      "It's really just designed to help them feel comfortable in the setting especially when they're watching someone else's child," she said. "You want to make sure they're fully comfortable and capable of doing that."

      The course provides lessons on general child care like how to feed an infant, change a diaper and ways to handle emergencies. When the class is completed students receive a 2-year certification in Pediatric First Aid/CPR and babysitting. (Get a glimpse of a class by clicking, here.)

      "The parents really are able to look at it and see they've taken these emergency training skill and are more comfortable," she said.

      When your kids sit in these chairs for the course they're going to take away some basic babysitting but they'll also learn some life lessons.

      "This is going to give them the confidence to find jobs," Chavez said. "We talk about things like resumes, how to be a professional, what do you wear to an interview, how do you find out a job is right for you and if you're right the job."

      Because Chavez believes ...

      "... If you can change a diaper, you can do anything," she said.

      The Quincy Red Cross is holding the next babysitting class on July 31st. You can call 217.222.2477 or click, here.