HOW old do you think a babysitter should be?

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  1. kaka135

    kaka135 Active Member

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    @Mika Yes, the girl is not a professional babysitter, but she is the eldest in the family. Perhaps that's why my friend was comfortable with her taking care of the baby, as she might have taken care of her younger siblings. I am glad nothing serious had happened, though the baby was crying all the time and the girl had to carry the baby for hours.

    I don't even dare to leave my children at home alone without any adults, even my eldest is 9 years old. It's also against the law to leave a kid or kids at home without any adults. I am fine with my elder children playing with my baby without me or my husband being there after he was over 1 year old or older, but we still always go and check out how they are. Even though I know my elder children can take good care of the youngest brother, they are still kids. Perhaps I am just over protective. I'd better be this than feel sorry and regret later.
     
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    I really feel it's better to be a bit over protective than the other way. Because my granddaughter is not my own child I worry a lot about her more than I would if she was my own, partly because the responsibility of keeping someone else's child safe is a huge responsibility and partly because she had such a bad start in life. It's very difficult to know the right time to loosen the reins a bit so I think it's best to listen to your gut feeling. If something doesn't feel right then don't do it.
     
  3. Holmes22

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    I consider our situation as pretty lucky as we had some older neighbors who were really helpful with out kids and they became really great friends. I would hesitate to have anyone young though, and teenagers in general might be a no go.
     
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    I understand what you mean. I always pay extra attention when I am taking care of my neighbor kids whenever they come to my house, though I always take good care of my own children as well. I always think your granddaughter is fortunate to have you take care of her.

    I also believe it's good to trust my mothers' instinct, and I don't like to just follow how others do even though I might be the minority or odd one, I think all guardians have this gut feeling.
     
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  5. Karina Teck

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    Hi @Heatman I don't think anyone as parents are just going to put their children at risk with just anyone. Before hiring a babysitter we well are aware what's best for our kids and knowing the person who we hire has to be someone we fully trust.
     
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    My thoughts exactly, parents first instincts is to protect their children from any kind of harm. Even lowly animals like fowls do this when ever a hawk tries to carry her chicks talk more of a human parent with her own blood. Although I have seen some crazy person who would be so taken to their jobs that they barely have time for their families and kids.
     
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    It's so sad you know I just can't picture that taught and how the world is completely out of reach and why bad people have to exist. As parents we can just do our best to protect them and care for them.
     
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    I totally agree with you here, if a parent doesn't care for his own offspring, I wonder whose duty it would be? It's definitely no one else except the parent responsibility. Children deserve to be well taken care of because if they less taken care of at such young age, it has the tendency of affecting their future growth and behavioral patterns.
     
  10. tallulah

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    I marvel at some western 'developed' countries where babysitters are young teenagers. I would never leave a baby or a toddler with anyone younger than 18. There is a reason why 18 years is the stipulated age worldwide for adulthood. The part of the brain that handles complex situations and makes split decisions is only matured around this age. What happens when a 13 or 14 year old is babysitting a baby and fire breaks out or baby is scaled with hot water or the baby chokes? The babysitter is still technically a child.
     
  11. Kieranlewix

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    I would prefer to employ the services of a babysitter sitter who is ATLEAST twenty years of age. Legally, any citizen who is above eighteen years is considered an adult in my country. However, having passed through teenage, I can safely draw the line at twenty. I have seen and heard of so many cases where a teenager was given a task to take care of a toddler but somewhere along the way, a party came up and the babysitter left the kid unattended. Teenage is a very tender age because hormones are also very active.
     
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