My kids are both teens and they babysit. I can tell you flat out that honestly, they have NEVER been asked to do an overnight babysitting job - even with people we were really good friends with, nor would I let them do that.
Now, I do have to say, I've watched my friends kids overnight, and had them watch my kids overnight before, for certain situations. It's all been things like the Mom is in the hospital having another baby, or Mom is in the hospital sick and Dad is deployed, or Dad has just got back from deployment, and like a week after he gets home, Mom and Dad go away for a weekend.
But as far as parents going out, or it's an anniversary or birthday, no overnight babysitting.
Oh, one thing though - it might be different if we lived near family. My mil has babysat my niece overnight when my sil and bil were going out. She just sees it as getting to have a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa.
at 8:26 PM on Oct. 13, 2009