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?
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.
Melissa, did having your daughter be a babysitter worry you? I know that teens can be responsible and all that but things can happen so fast with young children that even adults dont always know what to do and cant stay level headed.
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 :)