Alison is a freelance writer and kidlit author from Queensland, Australia. Her US-based babysitting career spanned nearly a decade from middle school through to university. The experience she gained led to positions coordinating summer day camp programs in organizations as diverse as churches and country clubs. University degree in hand, she set off overseas, funding her travels by teaching English as a foreign language to youth and adults in Asia.
After settling in Australia and raising three children, Alison completed graduate studies in counseling with a focus on working with children and youth. She landed a dream job as a school counselor in a K-12 school.
Over her twelve years in the position, the role grew to include coordinating the college’s life skills program. She collated and formulated secondary school curricula that aimed to foster students’ resilience, reinforce positive coping skills, and enhance social and emotional wellbeing.
With the advent of 1:1 student devices such as tablets back around 2010, Alison identified a need to equip students and their parents with cyber safety awareness and skills. She created a customized digital citizenship and cyber safety educational package for secondary students and a blog for parents. She’s written articles on these topics for Screen Education magazine and online journals.
Alison has retired from school work and now focuses on freelancing, building a creative community for kidlit authors, and crafting un-put-down-able children’s books. She has won various awards for her writing, including the prestigious Australian Society of Author’s Emerging Writer Mentorship and an enviable residency in the Creative Spaces Artist in Residence program.
Alison is the Queensland state director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and founder of the Sunshine Coast Writers’ Roundtable.
When her children’s adventure novel projects aren’t maxing out her headspace, Alison blogs at www.ali-stegert.com.
Recent Contributions by Alison
Do Babysitters Wash Dishes & Do Other Chores? (What to Expect)
Learn whether a babysitter should do any cleaning as well as what types of cleaning you should and shouldn't expect them to do.
Babysitting & Leadership Skills (How Sitting Can Make You A Leader)
Learn how babysitting shows leadership, how to effectively lead children, and how to develop important leadership skills through childcare work.
29 Jobs For New Moms (Who Can't Afford A Babysitter)
Learn which jobs are super flexible and let you work around your existing childcare schedule and earn some extra money!
Can't Find a Babysitter? (Try Our 14 Sitter Alternatives)
Your best option is to reach out to family and friends for a favor. If they aren't able to help, try our list of creative alternatives.
How Many Babies Can a Babysitter Watch?
Babysitters can take care of more than one child at once. But there is a limit on how many kids a babysitter can watch effectively.