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How young is too young when it comes to babysitting?<br><br>
I know there are laws regarding this but I'm just asking what everyone's personal comfort level is. I have a couple of 13/14 y/o kids who have offerred and have taken babysitter training. Both are kids I trust and know very well, however, I keep getting stuck on their age. I know both can be trusted alone and both have done babysitting since getting their training.<br><br>
I also took babysitters training and did some sitting when I was 13 and 14 years old, all day, watching a 1 year old at his home while his parents worked. Yet somehow, from my perspective as a 32 y/o, it seems so young now!<br><br>
ETA: My ds is 7 y/o if that helps to know. I'd have no qualms if it were an hour or so but the time I need is an all day 8-5 type thing, in my own home, for six days this summer. IMO, all day is so different from an hour or so.
 

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I did all day when I was 15. So I'd say that's probably a good age. I'd be ok with a 13yo for a few hours OR if it were at teh 13 yos house and their parent would be home.
 

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At 12, I used to babysit two kids plus my little sister at night in a house way back in the woods-the thought of this now totally freaks me out! Lol! My parents were home (I think) and only lived a mile away, but still!!!!!!<br><br>
Anyway, if the kids were mature and if their parents and/or your trusted neighbors were home and available to help if needed, I would probably consider it for daytime at 13/14, especially if your child is fairly "easy" and self-reliant.
 

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I think 14 is a good age depending on the sitter. I had a 13 year old sitter who was really awesome and a 14 year old who was really not awesome (when I told her the rule about not hitting she was baffled by it). Talk to them about your beliefs and give them a short test period to see how it goes. If you are going to be gone for hours at a time on a daily basis then I think it is better to have someone older and more experienced.
 

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It's interesting reading everyone's opininons. Glad to know I'm not alone in feeling it's still a bit young.<br><br>
During the time that I need, dh would be here but sleeping during the day since he works nights. I'm kind of discounting his presence though because he would only be available in an emergency.
 

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I think just having DH there is a positive because he can be involved if he needs to be, even if in the main he'll be sleeping! I agree with the prior posts.
 

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I know what you are all saying! At 10 I was babysitting my sister who was an infant everyday when our parents' work schedules overlapped and at 11 I was babysitting for other families who had 2 and 3 children- babies included! Between 7th and 8th grades (I was 12) I watched two children all week 8-5 including taking them to the beach. I can not imagine that happening these days.<br><br>
I would probably go with a 14 year old or pretty mature 13 year old especially since your dh will be home. Just having an adult nearby in case of emergencies relaxes my position on the situation considerably.
 

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For an all-day thing I was going to say 15-16 years old, but if your husband is going to be there (even asleep) I could see being comfortable with 13-14, depending on the individual. A 13 year old could certainly handle the everyday stuff involved in taking care of a 7 year old, and if an adult was available in case of something truly unusual happening, it seems like it could be a good arrangement.<br><br>
But I work nights, and then have to be with our kids (3 and 2 years old) until my husband (who works days) gets home before I can try to sleep, so the idea of having *anyone* available during the day sounds wonderful. Robot, trained monkey, 10 year old, just someone who can make sure they don't sneak outside and can wake me up if I need dial 911 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For an all-day thing I was going to say 15-16 years old, but if your husband is going to be there (even asleep) I could see being comfortable with 13-14, depending on the individual. A 13 year old could certainly handle the everyday stuff involved in taking care of a 7 year old, and if an adult was available in case of something truly unusual happening, it seems like it could be a good arrangement.<br><br>
But I work nights, and then have to be with our kids (3 and 2 years old) until my husband (who works days) gets home before I can try to sleep, so the idea of having *anyone* available during the day sounds wonderful. Robot, trained monkey, 10 year old, just someone who can make sure they don't sneak outside and can wake me up if I need dial 911 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">But I work nights, and then have to be with our kids (3 and 2 years old) until my husband (who works days) gets home before I can try to sleep, so the idea of having *anyone* available during the day sounds wonderful. Robot, trained monkey, 10 year old, just someone who can make sure they don't sneak outside and can wake me up if I need dial 911 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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