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Is 12 too young to babysit?

I'm looking for a local babysitter and a girl in my neighborhood posted a sign. She's only 12 years old though. My only child is four and pretty self-sufficient..

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Jul. 7, 2010 in General Parenting

Answers (17)
  • It's fine as long as she is mature

    Answer by staceynoel at 3:02 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I think it's too young.

    Answer by NannyB. at 3:02 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I personally would not let a 12-year-old babysit my 5-year-old son.

    Answer by Erin814 at 3:02 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I would invite the girl over to see how she does when you're around and if you feel comfortable maybe let her keep your daughter for 30 min @ a time until you are completely comfortable...I think 12 is old enough as long as the girl is mature enough to handle your daughter.

    Answer by bumblebeestingu at 3:02 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • There are some 12 year olds who are mature for their age, but personally I wouldn't leave my child with a child.

    Answer by IhartU at 3:02 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • My little sister is 12 and really mature for her age. But there is no way I would leave her with my son. Maybe in a couple years. I honestly think that is too young. I wont even leave my sister alone yet, let alone leave her alone with my child.

    Answer by BlainesMommy09 at 3:04 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I was babysitting at 11.
    If she seems responsible then give her a chance.

    Answer by Laila-May at 3:05 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • no. my 12 year old sister babysits my 4 year old sister, granted she is very intelligent and mature.

    Answer by aliishott2 at 3:12 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • depends on the child. i was babysitting when i was 12.

    Answer by amymartinez0214 at 3:19 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I face this same struggle! Several young girls in my church have asked if they could babysit my 2 and 4 yr old and I have said no. Several reasons: they are not mature enough to handle some situations like emergencies, they can't drive yet and I know my kids can be hard to handle even for an adult at times :) You want to look for an older girl/adult who already knows what responsibility means and who is certified in CPR!

    Answer by momoftwo246 at 3:19 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

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