Ok, I've been accused of being overprotective. I have a 14 year old boy and a 5 year old girl. There are times when I need to make a 15 minute trip to the store and dd don't want to go or my husband wants me to bring him something at work. My 5 year old fell asleep (I didn't think about this when he asked because she kind of fell asleep on the couch and usually don't take naps) Anyway she didn't want to wake up and I considered letting my 14 year old babysit while I was away for about 45 minutes.I have my cell phone and would tell him to call if needed.Normally I wouldn't consider this but I hear of people saying this age is ok to babysit , even my husband but I just feel uncomfortable with it probably because my family was overprotective when I was a child. So whats the norm?I do feel my son is capable.Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Jan. 3, 2011 in General Parenting
Answer by Gnomeofmyheart at 4:25 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
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Answer by louise2 at 4:29 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
depends 100% on the personality of the kids. Some 14 yr old boys are NOT responsible enough and will not take it seriously. Some 5 yr olds are holy terrors and need an adult to keep them in line.
YOU know best. I would guess that most 14/5 yr olds would do fine alone for 1-2 hours... but I dont know your kids.
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