is it ok for a 13 yr.old to babysit a 4 and a 1 yr. old for 4-5 hrs?


Sarah - posted on 05/02/2014




It depends on the situation and who the 13 yr old is. Has the 13 yr old had experience with young kids? Is it over a meal time? What experience does the 13 yr old have with meal prep? Would there be availability of an adult if needed (neighbor, 13 yr olds parents) There are some 13 yr olds that I would say yes this would be ok, depending on the situation, but there are others that I would say no they are too young and inexperienced.


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Liz - posted on 05/02/2014




I would say no. It depends to some extent on where this is, as every country and State has rules on the minimum age for a minor to be permitted to babysit etc. In most cases 13 is considered old enough (with some exceptions), but really even common sense says that a 13 year old is not going to be able to cope with two such young kids for so long, especially the one year old.

Are you by any chance the 13 year old?

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