Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned from… ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’

Baby-Sitter's Club

The Baby-Sitter’s Club (Image Credit: Ann M. Martin)

If I can get hyperbolic for a moment here, there are few things sadder to me in the world than the knowledge that little girls are growing up without the friendly companionship of Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, Mallory and Jessi – collectively, the Baby-Sitters Club, the subject of Anne M. Martin’s iconic 80s and 90s children’s book series.  (And no, I haven’t forgotten about Abby, I’m just a purist.)

Sure, the BSC is still on book store shelves and available in libraries (and the 1990 BSC TV series was recently added to Netflix!) but little girls these days are more concerned with what’s happening to Harry Potter than whether Kristy Thomas can keep those darn Rodowsky boys under control. And it’s a shame, since the Baby-Sitters Club books were full of valuable life information which I have never forgotten since first picking up the books in 1992. Here are just a few memorable highlights. Continue reading