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#31 of 34 Old 07-13-2008, 08:17 AM
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One of the nursery/little kid workers at my UU is a 19 yo boy/man. The kids love him! He is so much fun.
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The fact that they are male, is not a legitimate reason in and of itself for them not to be a babysitter.
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Why not? We have two teenage brothers who sometimes watch our kids and come over to be my mommy's helper. My boys adore them and have so much fun when they're here. They come from a big family and have more experience with babies and young kids than most of the adults I know.

Im tired of the whole "every male is a potential pervert therefore should not be allowed around children". My dh has dealt with this being an educator and its hurtful and ignorant.
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I've had great experience with teen boys who are interested. One was a family member who played with my infant son for hours at a Christmas/New Years's Day party - I would hire him any day. Unfortunately he died in a car accident a few years ago for Jeffy
I also had a boy from our homeschool group watch kids for 3 days during a midwifery training workshop I hosted. All the mamas were downstairs, but only the nursing ones needed or wanted their mamas. He did a great job keeping them all entertained and happy together. It was great!
OTOH, my kids told me last time Melissa across the street sat them for a few hours that they don't want to go back there, she talks on the phone the whole time. I think she is just in the boy crazy phase (15) so I don't ask her anymore, we figure something else out.

FWIW, I was abused sexually by a 13 yo girl when I was about 5. Just like any other prejudice, it doesn't work, each individual is different.

Heather, mama to Harriet, Crispin, in with Tom and 2
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