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When a child is given the encouragement and positive reinforcement they deserve, they are more likely to grow into a confident adult.

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I truly applaud the women and men who dedicate their lives to ensuring that every child on this planet is afforded not only their basic needs, but also the love and attention that they should naturally receive. Among these heroes are surely, babysitters.

The role of a babysitter may initially seem unimportant. You don’t hire a babysitter so your child has a friend to play with, but rather, because you need someone to care for them while you are out of the house. But care can take many forms, and we may not realize that in these moments of one-on-one time, the babysitter has a choice: Do they simply stand by and watch over as they are required to do, or do they engage further, ignite your child’s curiosity, teach them, or even take them on adventures?

When Raquel was 12 years old she used to babysit a little girl who loved to draw. Raquel took to her Tumblr to share with others her story:

when i was 12 i babysat this girl for a few years and she would come to me and show me her art, drag me by my wrists and point at the pieces she’d made during the week. and she’d be like “do the voice” and i’d put on a sports-announcer olympics-style voice and be like “such form! this level of coloring! why i haven’t seen such perfection in crayola in a long time. and what is this? why jeff, now this is a true risk… it seems she’s made … a monochrome pink canvas…. i haven’t seen this attempted since winter 1932… and i gotta say, jeff, it’s absolutely splendid”  and she’d fall back giggling. at the end of every night she’d check with me: “did you really like it?” and i’d say yes and talk about something i noticed and tucked her in.

she was just accepted into 3 major art schools. she wrote me a letter. inside was a picture from when she was younger. monochrome pink.

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“thank you,” it said, “to somebody who saw the best in me.”

It’s moments like these that children will never forget. We have the amazing ability and opportunity to help any beautiful young mind believe that they can achieve anything they imagine. Positive reinforcement like this is what brings a child to better understand and accept that their abilities and talents are worthy of being seen.

Thank you xo

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