Could A 12-Year-Old Babysit?

Mira - posted on 07/04/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )




My sister’s 12-year-old daughter seems really keen on babysitting. The preteen doesn't have any siblings, so she has no expieience. She seems responsible, but she doesn't know much about cooking and stuff. Sure, she could whip a sandwich up, but what if something were to go wrong? I'm pretty sure the kids'll be safe in her care, but what if there's this slim chance that they aren't? I mean, the girl's going through a tough time in life, and is easily angered. What if my children were to trigger her or something? This seems highly impossible, but still... Should we trust her?


Elspeth - posted on 07/13/2016




I would maybe do a dry run with her, like shadow her while she is "babysitting." Sit in and listen to how she would handle things, give her pretend scenarios and ask her what she would do if so and so happened. If you have any doubt about her, maybe you should look elsewhere. Trust your gut when it comes to the care of your children. Better to be safe than sorry. Hope this helps you out! God bless!

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