babysitting

Taryn - posted on 06/25/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 11 years old, and she wants to start babysitting but I don't know if you have to be a sertain age in order to do so.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/25/2014

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If you are in the US, check the laws in your state. Some require 13 years of age, some require certification in certain areas such as CPR and first aid.

ETA: Personally, I would never allow an 11 YO to sit, neither for me, nor my 11 YO to sit for someone else. That is putting entirely too much responsibility on a child of that age, and I'd be concerned about her ability to handle potentially dangerous situations. It may be best for her to wait until she's a couple years older, in order to give her the best opportunity.

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Gena - posted on 06/26/2014

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I agree with Shawnn that 11yrs is very young for babysitting.I personaly wouldnt want an 11yr old to babysit my son.

Gena - posted on 06/25/2014

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Hi Taryn I dont know where you live,but here where i live in Switzerland they have special babysitting programs that young people can absolve. If they do it and search for a babysitting job in the local newspaper for example they mention that they have done the programm. So i dont know if there is something like that where you live. 11yrs is abit young,but maybe google in the area you live if you have to be a certain age.Good luck

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