+ Reply to Thread
Page 4 of 4 FirstFirst ... 234
Results 31 to 40 of 40
  1. #31
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    65
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked
    30
    Reviews
    0
    It sounds like you've got a great baby sitter and you should make good use of her!

    You said yourself that she is quite mature , and being your sister , you'd know her pretty well.

    If teenagers and young people are fairly mature they actually make great babysitters , because they have the energy and the fun factor that kids love. I am a lot different now as a Mum then I was a couple of years ago as a babysitter. They have the energy and patience to sit there and read 15 books before bed , because they don't have to think abuot the fact that there is 2 loads of laundry and the dishes to do !

    I understand how hard it is to leave our little ones though! Just enjoy yourself though! Mummies are people too !

  2. #32
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    4,125
    Thanks
    1,810
    Thanked
    1,694
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Hell yes! obviously if I knew them and knew they were mature and responsible! I was babysitting other people's kids at 11! I worked out the other day that DD1 will be almost 15 when these babies I'm growing now turn 5, the prospect of having a live in babysitter (who will obviously be paid and be allowed to not accept jobs!) is very very exciting!!

  3. #33
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    390
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    107
    Reviews
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaybaby View Post
    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.
    Thankyou for outlining some very important factors that i too though about when accepting her offer. I spoke with her about what to do in an emergency and said that the most important thing is their safety i wouldn't want her to try and extinguish a fire. I also have full ambulance cover and told her to call an ambulance if there were an emergency. My mum lives just around the corner too so if she couldn't settle DD my mum would have come round. I see where you are coming from though and that's why i was worried but she did such a good job i have alot of trust in her now.

  4. #34
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    77
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked
    21
    Reviews
    0
    Personally, no. If i HAD to, i would only have the 16 year old either to to "play and entertain" or be there while DD is asleep. Then i'd have less to worry about.

  5. #35
    rainbow road's Avatar
    rainbow road is offline look at the stars, look how they shine for you
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    in a glass case of emotion
    Posts
    12,408
    Thanks
    1,187
    Thanked
    8,052
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    When I was 16, a little girl I looked after had an anaphylactic reaction to egg fumes through a window. I used the epipen and called the ambulance and then her parents who met us at the hospital.

    If they're responsible (and you'll know if they are), they'll handle emergencies well, too. It's so, so, so dependent on the person.

  6. #36
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,920
    Thanks
    1,148
    Thanked
    953
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Awards:
    Funniest Caption
    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    When I was 16, a little girl I looked after had an anaphylactic reaction to egg fumes through a window. I used the epipen and called the ambulance and then her parents who met us at the hospital.

    If they're responsible (and you'll know if they are), they'll handle emergencies well, too. It's so, so, so dependent on the person.
    Wow, that would be terrifying for an adult let alone a 16 yr old!!

  7. #37
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    Just a heads up its illegal to leave a child under 12 home alone under child protection laws let alone have them babysit.
    I think sensible 16 year old is an appropriate babysitter.

  8. #38
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    142
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked
    76
    Reviews
    0
    I used to take care of my younger siblings all the time from when I was about 7. This included feeding, changing, bathing etc. I thought this was pretty normal at the time, though I wasn't supposed to tell people that I looked after my younger siblings...By the sounds of things from other people, this wasn't as normal as I thought? I grew up in a big family and figured this was the 'done thing'?

  9. #39
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    ocean shores
    Posts
    2,279
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    233
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    My 15 year old niece has watched my younger kids for me before while i went to the hair dressers for a couple of hrs it all worked out great they live walking distance from the salon so they came in to visit me and that some teenagers are very mature and reliable.

  10. #40
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Qld
    Posts
    26,930
    Thanks
    2,736
    Thanked
    6,743
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Sure. I have as well - an ex BHer babysat my daughter for me when she was 2.

    Some 16-year-old have babies of their own. They manage well enough.

    It would obviously depend on who the 16-year-old was, but that could be the same for any age... there are some people in their 30s who I'd not trust to take care of DD either.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Kindergarten or leave DS at child care?
    By SpiritofaWarrior in forum Preschools and Schools
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 10-09-2012, 22:05
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-02-2012, 23:00

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Fridge-To-Go Australasia
Xmas with a NEW Fridge-to-go Lunch Bag! Fridge-To-Go Australasia
Fridge-to-go 8 hour cooler bags are ideal under the Christmas tree! Now in modern lunch bag designs - fill them with toys and chocolate to make parents and kids happy! Stay super cool and eat healthy and fresh food all summer long!
sales & new stuffsee all
Wendys Music School Melbourne
Wondering about Music Lessons? FREE 30 minute ASSESSMENT. Find out if your child is ready! Piano from age 3 years & Guitar, Singing, Drums, Violin from age 5. Lessons available for all ages. 35+ years experience. Structured program.
Use referral 'bubhub' when booking
featured supporter
Cots on Bubhub
Looking to buy a cot or bassinet? :: Cot safety checklist :: Local or online nursery shops
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!