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How old should you be when you start babysitting

Question Posted Tuesday February 20 2007, 4:43 pm

My Daughter is 11 and she tells me shes old anough to babysit but i dont know if she should. I started babysitting when i was 11 but i want to make sure its a good age. Please help!

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hot_shortie_327 answered Tuesday July 10 2007, 11:01 am:
well i would say it is thats when i started to but just have babysit ike kids age 2-8 but not a baby .when i was 11 i babysat 4 kids and had my friend as a helper.

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xxaoifexxx answered Saturday April 7 2007, 10:33 am:
well i started babysitting at the age of 12.but every child is depends on how machore the child is and if they are good in situations like a baby waking up and wont stop crying.hope my advice helped.

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StarryNightSkies answered Sunday March 25 2007, 12:51 pm:
Honestly, 11 years old is still a child to me. In fact I babysit an 11 year old. I think it is way to young to start babysitting (it was probably different when you were younger) I wouldn't want to leave my children with someone who is still a child themself. I think around age 13 or 14 is a good age to start baby sitting.

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momo888 answered Sunday March 18 2007, 3:46 pm:
NO WAY! around age 13 is the best age because they are more mature and they wont be afraid of noises at night and most 11 years olds may not know what to cook for dinner if she had to. also she could think about it if she took a special babysitting course at the ymca or ywca or at the red cross for certification. that way she will know the responsibility emergency situations how to handle them cpr and so on. she should go to one very soon so she will be prepared. also tell her that she will have to change diapers to. how fun is that?! well anyway hope i helped hearts


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Cool_D answered Friday March 9 2007, 7:30 pm:
Well These Things are needed:
Trust--Do you trust her enough to stay home alone for 2-3 hrs?

Does she have younger siblings, or cousins she can sit for 1-2 hrs, but not 2 young??? Like when I was 11 I started sitting for my 7 yr. old brother...

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jessicamarie answered Sunday March 4 2007, 8:55 am:
I understand your asking this question, really the age to start babysitting all just depends on how mature the person is, and what ages she would be babysitting. If you believe that your child is mature enough to take care of other people's childern then 11 is a fine age. Also one thing to remember that unless you or your daughter knows someone in particular then it may be harder for her to find a job.

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rere93 answered Saturday March 3 2007, 2:24 pm:
I think it is a good idea to let an 11 year old baby-sit. Maybe she can learn something. But you should start her off on something easy. Like babysitting a (8 or 7 year old).

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musicislove answered Sunday February 25 2007, 11:29 am:
It really depends on how mature she is.
If she is really responsible then I would say yes.
But if you can never know with you,then you should wait until she is older.
I hope that I have helped in any way:]

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kristymarie782 answered Friday February 23 2007, 7:29 pm:
First of all you want to look at how good she is. Do you have trust in her. Is she mature enough to handle a kid. I mean you can talk to her about it and tell her your going to let her do it and while your out you can call her and see how everythin is going and if everything goes good then clearly she would be ready. You just have to give them chances.

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mariahwannabe answered Wednesday February 21 2007, 1:05 pm:
Lets put it this way

-do you trust her
- has she done things wrong in the past
-is she good at school
- can she take care of herself
-is she reliable

This is something she wants.To prove to you she can do it whilst gaining independence, answer these questions above if your answer goes like this

then she'll be fine, if its not reconsider.

BUT, the thing is , she might feel reallt afraid alone - she might say oh no I wont be scared but when it comes to it you can be.Its a hugh responsobiltie and whos fault will it be if something goes wrong?She's only 11, and i think if she were that might bit older then it would be acceptable.

then she'll be fine, if its not reconsider.

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sweetpea318_247 answered Tuesday February 20 2007, 6:41 pm:
the way ive always seen it..
was 11 for family members.
and 12 or 13 (whenever you think they're ready) for kids other than family members.
you always want to make sure that the babysitter..or potential babysitter can handle serious situations that could arrise. such as injury. or illness.
make sure they have phone numbers. know where a fire extinguisher is. and it would probably be a good idea for them to take a first aid course with the Red Cross and get certified.

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LoveNJstyle answered Tuesday February 20 2007, 6:04 pm:
most people start at 13 or 12. 11 is a little young but it'd be fine if it was an 11 year old taking care of an older child that's at least 5 or 6. not many people will hire an 11 year old but for family issues and anyone that is in desperate need of a sitter, it should be ok. <3

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Depressed_Poet answered Tuesday February 20 2007, 5:22 pm:
I would say 13 or 14, after she's had courses, they take you through CPR & how to handle certain situations etc. I thought I was old enough when I was 11, but now that I'm older & I look back, I really wasn't. Just to be safe, probably target around the age 13.
I hope I helped

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parksoccer10 answered Tuesday February 20 2007, 5:19 pm:
Honestly, I started at 13. It depends if you think she is ready to handle other people's children. She has to be able to stay awake until the parents got home (I found they don't like it if you fall asleep) and not too young to be scared of all the noises in the house alone. I guess what I'm trying to say is it is based on her maturity (spelling?) level and if she can handle other people's kids for a couple of hours. I don't know if advice from a 16 year old is going to help, but good luck anyway

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ASAPcamille answered Tuesday February 20 2007, 5:18 pm:
i would say probably 13 or so. it really depends though. i did when i was 11, and it seemed really scary especially at night, and the kids were a handful. around 13, i did it again, and they respected me more!

hope i helped

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