Teenage baby sitters

I cant bring myself to leave my son unattended with a teenager. I feel like a hypocrite though because I was one. In saying that I did have my certificate in first aid and in particular baby first aid and CPR. Even with all that though I still sometimes felt out of my depth when children started crying and got all hysterical.

We have a young girl putting out flyers for baby sitting so I asked her round for a chat (and to see how my son responded to her her just in case we did decide to use her services)and she seems to be a really smart girl on the whole. Her rates were reasonable ($8 per hour for 1 child, $12 for 2 children and $15 for 3 which is her limit). She has 4 younger brothers ranging from 6 months to 7years so she is fairly confident that she can handle anything.

My problem is, she is only 13 and has no training in basic first aid. And part of me is thinking, I cant leave my baby in the hands of a sitter who is still a child herself. What if the unthinkable happens? Then this poor little girl has to carry that for the rest of her life - even if it isnt her fault!

Is this unfair of me? Am I being too over protective?

What are your thoughts on teenage baby sitters?

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    09/27/14
    I can see where you are coming from. I personally started babysitting at age 14, and I was the one who told my mom I wanted to be CPR and first aid certified. I took an 8 hour course to get certified. I started babysitting for my neighbor when her daughter was only a few months old, and one of the parents was still home for a few hours while I was there just to see how things went. I was there as an extra set of eyes at first. I also at first let the parents decide how much to pay me for the first few times, then after that I would charge like either $5 per hour, or depending on if it was just their child or else with their friends children, I would charge $10. The prices changed as I grew older.
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      09/27/14
      In my mind it totally depends on the kid. My daughter was 14 when she baby sat and she loved doing it. It was a once in a blue moon thing if they needed her and she was happy to oblige. She doesn't do it anymore because that family moved away and we don't know anyone else who needs a sitter.

      Now some of her friends I would trust to babysit my house plants. Seriously, they just aren't responsible at all.

      So really it depends on the teen and your comfort level. You might want to start out as a mother's helper, someone to watch the little one for an hour or so while you are at home getting stuff done.
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        09/28/14
        I think that it depends on the teenager. I was really mature for my age and by 14 had 7 kids 12 hours a day (I was home schooled) but that being said...I would have a hard time leaving my son with a teenager for any length of time longer than an hour or two unless I knew them and knew that they were very mature, and knew how to handle a wild child. lol
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          09/28/14
          Yeah, I like the fact that she was confident - but not arrogant - and she does seem to be very responsible. (I think its tough to find those qualities in a teen nowdays THB) And the fact that she wants to earn a little money rather than just getting from her parents makes me feel like she would be a great influence on my son.

          My biggest problem though is the first aid thing - things do happen quickly and so having that is - to my mind - top of the list in safety, especially if I am leaving m,y child with someone.

          I think I might ask her to be my mommy helper on 1 day a week for a couple of hours until my son is completely comfortable and discuss the first aid cert. with her and her mother. (Im even happy to pay for it if she will be looking after my child). If they are willing to do the first aid then I will be happy to leave him for shopping trips at first and then shee how things progress.

          Im now actually looking forward to a little me time :)
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