My 13th birthday was a huge milestone for me. Not only was I finally a teenager, but I was also old enough to babysit for our neighbor. She had a two year old boy and a newborn baby girl, and she told me that when I turned 13 I could babysit for her! I think I watched her kids for the first time the weekend after my 13th birthday.
I babysat for her over the next three years, at least twice a week. I was a pretty responsible kid, and I usually gave the kids 100% of my attention. I even did crafts with them and made up silly dance routines as they got older. However, I was still a “normal” teenager who did “normal” teenager things. I had friends over from time to time. I sat on the couch and watched MTV while the kids played. I sat out in the front yard and talked to boys while the kids ran around. Thank goodness we lived on a road that was not traveled often!
Now that I am a parent, I look back and wonder why she trusted me with her children. I was 13! I knew nothing about kids, especially young babies. Was it because my parents were right across the street? Possibly. Or maybe since she was a psychologist, she could read me enough to know that I would take good care of her kids? Whatever her reason, I think she must have been crazy.
Because I would NEVER let a teenage kid babysit my kids. No way. The only people I have had keep my kids are my mom, my very close friends, and a couple of Rylie’s old daycare teachers who were certified in CPR. I just wouldn't trust a teenager to properly care for my kids.
Most teenagers these days are irresponsible little brats that act like toddlers themselves. Even if I were to find one that I deemed “responsible”, there is no way my over-protective, paranoid self would let a teenager babysit my kids. I feel like all they would be doing is texting away with their friends, while Rylie and Bryce were up to no good. And trust me, those little stinkers would definitely take advantage of the situation.
So what about you? Do you hire teenagers to babysit your kids like parents did in the "old days"?
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