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At what age are teenagers old enough to babysit?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:12 PM on Aug. 19, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • It depends on the person. My daughter started at around 13. Sounds young. However having a special needs little brother taught her responibility and paitence. She could take care of him better than most adults. She has always had a way with little children. Yet, other teens may be irresponsible. The Red Cross offers a wonderful babysitting/cpr class you may want to check into for the teen you are considering becoming a babysitter.

    Answer by CelticFaerie at 10:24 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • Well I was babysitting at 13, but I wouldn't hire a 13 year old to watch my kids. Kids today are so different than when I was growing up.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:38 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • On post regs state 13 but that is limited to a few hours. At least, they said that in Germany. But, I would say, for a couple hours, like running to the store or something I'd do 13.

    Answer by Petie at 10:43 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • it depends on the maturity of the teen, i know one 13 yr who babysits her 4 younger brother and sisters

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:49 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • I started at 11. The woman was a nurse and let me choose if I wanted it to be FT or PT. Her son was almost 2.

    Answer by jajumommy2000 at 11:07 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • by law in most states 13 however know your child best and you know if they are mature enough to be watching a younger child or not.

    Answer by lalasha at 11:32 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • I began babysitting at age 12. When we lived in FL the police told us it was illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to baby sit, although I know kids as young as 12 who did baby sit.

    (In Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, I know some parents who pay kids as young as 12 one hundred dollars an hour to baby sit.

    I am a cheap mom, I still pay only five dollars an hour to baby sit. I have not had a sitter in a couple years.

    Answer by mom2boys1997 at 11:36 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • I was babysitting my moms best friends five boys at 11. I guess it depends on the kid that's babysitting. Then again I was 11 about 13 yrs ago lol

    Answer by crazymom21 at 11:48 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • i was paid to babysit starting at age 9. i would NEVER leave my kid with a 9 y/o, nor would i let my 9 y/o babysit. i was grateful for the cash though...

    Answer by LunaB at 12:17 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • 14 or 15 thats when reality starts 2 set in. lol but its true. may be even 16 to be on the safe side.

    Answer by jamerz89 at 12:56 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

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