would you let your 11 yr old babysit? - Page 2
My 11 yo ds is amazing, kind, thoughtful, mature, loves to help and play with younger kids, but I would still want him to have an adult nearby to help quickly if things got beyond his ability to cope. As mature and responsible as he is for his age, I am his mom and I know that he can still get overwhelmed and I don't want to put him or any children left in his care at risk in any way.
When he took the babysitting course last winter (ON) the Red Cross instructors recommended that all of the kids take it twice before actually babysitting. Knowing how much information slips out of a growing child's mind , I would feel better knowing anyone who was caring for my kids had cared enough to make sure they really knew the stuff they had been taught.
I think that it's a case by case basis. DD will be 11 in dec. and I would feel very comfortable leaving her with our baby who would be almost 2 by then. I would not leave her with ds who will be almost 4. DD 1 and 2 are laid back and fun loving. DS is too, but when he gets his undies in a bundle hold on to your hats. DD #1 and DS love each other dearly, but they sure can fit too!
I would trust your gut. If you think he can handle it go on and let him do it.
I've heard many comments over the years about it being "against the law" for under-12 to babysit. But there are just so many falsehoods that become cemented in society as "gospel truth". I've often wondered if this is one of them.
Over the past year, I actually got around to running that by two friends who are members of the RCMP. Neither of them had heard of such a law (although they both mentioned that as general law-enforcement officers, it wasn't exactly an area of expertise).
As others have detailed, so many things come into play that could make superficially-equivalent scenarios very, very different: the maturity of the babysitter, the age/personality of the kid(s) babysat, the proximity of the babysitter's parents or parents of the child(ren), etc.
I babysat (babies) when I was 11.5. We've had many babysitters for our kids and hands-down the most fantastic one we have had is 11. She's outstanding!
Does anyone have certain information about Canadian law (BC or otherwise)?
I've heard many comments over the years about it being "against the law" for under-12 to babysit.
"Every child in Canada under the age of 12 must be supervised at all times by an adult."
I'm not quite sure why everyone is steering towards babysitting in the afternoon instead of evenings? Many parents want someone to "sit" after their children are in bed, or shortly before they're heading there. All he'd have to do is just "hang out".
I would also let my 11 yr old babysit inside our house if the parents wanted to drop their children off here but only if I'm at home as well.
My oldest is 13 and he has stayed with his siblings alone for no more than 30 minutes in the past when I drove up the road to the post office. I worried the whole time and even called twice during that 30 min time frame to check on them.
My daughter is 13 and she just started watching her 8 and 5 year old siblings for 30minutes at a time this year. I don't allow her to do any cooking other than making sandwiches or getting out an approved snack. This summer we have a standing arrangement that she watches her sisters for 20-30 minutes per morning while I run two kids I watch to camp(since everyone won't fit in my car) and I pay her $10 per week. It's worked out really well aside from the beginning when she put them in front of the tv the entire time and I had to set rules on that. I would probably let her babysit a preschool age child or older now for up to maybe 2-3 hours at a stretch since she has a phone and she LOVES the little ones. I feel like she'd be responsible enough for that as long as I was available in case of emergency. I would NOT let her do any cooking(microwave included) other than cold food prep though.
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