It would depend on the 16 year old.
We left DS (17 months) with my 16 year old sister all afternoon (1pm - 6pm) Saturday while we were at a wedding. At 6pm my dad took over from her for the night.
We are completely comfortable leaving DS with my sister. He absolutely adores her and she is great with him.
Personally, I probably wouldn't hire a 16yr old stranger to watch my kids, but then again, if the babysitter was highly recommended by friends or family I might consider it. But that said, my 17yr old brother has watched my boys on occasions since he was 16, he is fairly mature, my boys adore him and he always calls if he has any problems.
Your sister sounds very level headed, I think it's great your able to have her watch your kids, it gives hers a chance to earn some extra $$ and she could use you as a reference when looking for parttime work
When my nephew was born I was 15 and I used to look after him a lot when he was a baby
Hmmm, I don't know. My problem with young teens babysitting is not the babysitting part, most would have no problem with looking after the child and making sure they are happy, fed and go to bed etc. My problem is their ability to cope in event of an emergency. For example, my husband is a fireman and a while ago went to a devastating fire in which a 14yo babysitter and a 2yo child died. The teen was cooking some food on the stove, got distracted and the resulting fire sadly killed them both. The poor teen tried to put out the fire but was overwelmed by smoke, just a tragedy.
I also think about medical emergencies such as choking or burns and would the babysitter know how to cope or what to do in such an event? A child-care worker at least has to have First-aid training.
I suppose this is worst case senario, but as parents who work in the Emergency field we see too many accidents/emergencies and I would have trouble entrusting my children to someone who a)has no children of their own and b) has little life experience on how to deal with an emergency.
We have no family around for babysitting and we sure could do with a night out, but I just can't bring myself to use a teenage babysitter.
I personally wouldn't JMO.
Glad you and DH were able to get out and be together
It would depend on the 16yo..
I from the age of 15 had my cousin's little boy from when he was 3 months old every saturday and sunday while her and her hubby worked. I loved it and both her boys still. I spend most weekends babysitting kids of various ages and mostly they were people who were friends of my parents with younger children. I just used to do homework and watch movies, only had drama once with a friend of my cousins little girl who'd been left with me and my cousins DS she tripped and fell and her lip was bleeding but a cold flannel and lots of cuddles fixed it
In saying that there is no way i would let my friends 16yo babysit our son when he comes, she's not very mature and i would worry to no end about leaving him in her care.
I babysat my parents' friends' kids many times at age 14/15/16.
Of course it depends on the 16yo and how well your kids know them but this is their aunt, I would be totally happy with that and try to make it a regular thing
(My sis is 22 and way too busy working and partying to babysit for me lol)
As long as I know the 16year old yes.
I once used a 15 year old, that I didn't know ( her mother is a doula and birth consultant, so I stupidly assumed she would be well educated and have knowledge about kids)
I could not have been more wrong.
I wrote that bedtime was 8pm, we got home at ten and they were still up... Eating hydrolite ice blocks (? Wtf ?)
We only had prepaid Internet at the time, she used $70 worth on YouTube and gothic/vampire/suicide forums.
She had eaten a whole block of chocolate that was hidden in the fridge.
Needless to say, I won't hire her again.
But I have previously used a 14 year old (my best friends little sister)
Ds was already in bed, and he always slept through, it was just a matter of having someone in the house with him while he slept. She cleaned the whole house!!! Lol.
So in short if I knew them yes, a stranger no.
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