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Babysitting


Question Posted Monday July 30 2012, 6:59 pm

Hello, I am 18 and a babysitter. I babysit a little 2 year old for a couple who is 22 and 23. I watch him from the time the mom leaves for work at around 10:00 am to when the dad gets home from work which is around 5:30. My parents have to drop me off and pick me up because we only have 2 cars and they take one to work and my brother takes one to work. So, when the dad gets home, I hang out until one of my parents comes for me. We talk sometimes but I realized it's real awkward. Like, when we talk, we don't look each other in the eyes but when we do, he smiles a lot. He asks me about my life and seems genuinely interested when I talk about it. I'm moving into college soon and he asks me questions about that and that he'll miss me when I stop babysitting. Sometimes his son will want something and I'll go to help him and his dad will go to help him, too and we'll both look at each other and smile at each other that we both jumped to help him at the same time. Sometimes his son will do something funny and I'll chuckle and he'll look at me for a few seconds, then smile and then look at his son and tell him he's silly. I don't know what I'm trying to get at, he's 22 and married, he can't be interested in me but I can't figure out why our encounters are so awkward. Please tell me what you think and what I should do. Thanks.

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bubblegumdrop answered Thursday August 2 2012, 8:18 am:
I personally don't think he's interested.


But even if he was it doesn't change anything. You shouldn't have an interest in breaking up a marriage (right? That's just a guess-most people aren't into that) and he's married and seemingly happy.

Let it go,do nothing but watch his little one and get paid for it. (Much better gig than being that kid's step mom.)

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orphans answered Tuesday July 31 2012, 6:32 am:
It doesn't sound like he's really interested. It just sounds like it's awkward between the two of you (which is normal) and so you're just picking up on tiny details which will obviously stick out, because nothing else happens.

Of course he will smile. Of course he will try and speak to you. Of course he's going to go and help his son. And of course he is going to miss you: especially if you do a good job, and the children like you.

What should you do? Nothing to be honest. You're going to college, and he's married with children (that you know), and so there's no chance of some sort of quick love affair here.

Carry on baby sitting, and just be friendly with the dad.

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