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What would you do if you were babysitting and the kid ran away?

I started a new blog all about my babysitting adventures, and one feature is that I'm going to pose a different "what would you do" scenario each week, using something that really happened to me or someone else while babysitting or "nannying." Parents can chime in to, either by speculating what would have done if they were a babysitter, or what they would hope your own babysitter would do. You can answer here OR go to my blog at to comment. 

Here is the scenario for the week: You are babysitting for "Kevin," a nine-year-old boy who has ADHD and a mild cognitive impairment. Kevin loves to go to the mall, and his parents have suggested that you take him there today as a reward for his good behavior at school the week before. They have even given Kevin five dollars of spending money for himself. Kevin is happy as a clam for most of the trip to the mall. However, while the two of you are browsing in a video game store, Kevin decides he wants to buy a certain video game that costs $25. You explain to him that the game is too expensive, and you give him some alternatives: He could keep his five dollars and save up for a few weeks until he has enough to buy it, he could write down the name of the game and ask for it for his upcoming birthday, or he could look for a simir game in the "used games" bin. Kevin doesn't like any of your ideas. He shouts that he hates you, and runs out of the store, slipping into an elevator behind some teenagers who have just gotten on. The doors shut before you can stop them. There is an escalator on the other side of the mall, and you hurry to it and rush to meet the elevator... but it is too late. Kevin is gone! What do you do?

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Asked by NickiKidsOnGo at 6:19 PM on May. 23, 2011 in General Parenting

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Answers (3)
  • Call the cops, then call his parents.

    Answer by Chloesmom1126 at 6:32 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • try to figure out a way to tell his parents and call the cops asap... and start looking for them.

    Answer by mommys2cupcakes at 6:47 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • call the cops parents and look for him...

    Answer by girlglow6 at 7:14 PM on May. 23, 2011

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