It's never too early for young people to start learning essential life skills such as cooking, doing laundry and caring for children. Aubrie Martin, 11, hopes the childcare skills she learned through an Enriching Kidz babysitting class will help her become a trusted sitter in her neighborhood and take care of her 13-month-old baby brother. "I feel very prepared, and I feel like if anything were to happen, I'd be able to help the child," she said. Enriching Kidz, founded by Amy Klebanow Marks, offers classes meant to help Cincinnati pre-teens become "successful, confident and creative individuals." Better Baby Sitters, which taught Aubrie and her classmates how to safely handle and care for a baby, is just one of them. Cincinnati parents can also sign their children up for classes meant to help them be safe when they're home alone, learn to make pottery and build self-confidence among pre-teen girls. "We really felt like there was a need to teach kids life skills, so we decided to offer some classes that would help them along the way," Klebanow Marks said. More than 10,000 children have participated in Enriching Kidz's classes since its foundation. As a successful graduate of Better Baby Sitting, Aubrie Martin said she felt well prepared to begin her career as a sitter. "I feel like the parents will trust me more and be more likely to let me babysit their kids," she said.
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