I haven't done it for so long. My new employer, who I am babysitting for, is going out tomorrow night and wants me to watch her two little tykes (ages 3 and 6) from 2 until she gets home. It's only a few blocks from my house and she's offering $60.00, which may make some of you laugh, but I could use it. I want to do a good job, yet I hate just playing with kids nonstop for hours on end. I love kids. Don't get me wrong. I just don't like to play kid games forever. Should I though? I know my grandson likes me to play with him all the time when I see him. I tend to do it until he gets too silly or I get tired and then tell him to play alone for a while. Then I may watch some TV. But this is different. I am getting paid. So...what is a good way to babysit and stagger between not ignoring their playtime and not doing it all the time. I do have to cook and get them to bed, but it's going to be a loooooooooong afternoon. I am naturally kind to kids, and they like me, but I can also be a doormat. If they tell me to pleeeeeease build blocks with them and I do for a while but get tired of it, I sort of feel like I have to keep doing it anyway. How can I be nice yet set boundaries? Because this is a job, I am sensitive about doing it right.