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Advice for Teen Starting to Babysit?

My daughter is 13 and keeps asking to do babysitting. I don't really know if I should, because what if something happens (eg. child starts to choke). She really wants to start earning her own money.

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February 24, 20121 found this helpful
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They have official and simple baby sitting trainer courses through a lot of schools, churches, and communities. You should look into it. She could get certified. They also teach CPR.

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February 24, 20120 found this helpful
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I think you should consider letting your child try baby sitting. Just give her some "musts" for any sitting job she takes.

Must 1 - get the information of where the parent or parents are going and have a phone number for that location

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Must 2 - get a cell phone number from the parent or guardian as well. This is not the same as the first 'must'. Some people talk so much on their cell phone that most of the time you try to call them the line is busy.

Must 3 - have a number for a reliable nearby neighbor she can call or even run to if there is a problem.

Must 4 - make sure she gets all important information concerning the child, allergies, asthma, favorite toy/doll to help distract the child when parents leave.

These aren't new ideas they are just very important ideas for a young child to take to heart. The first sign of trouble and the worse thing that can happen is panic sets in. If the child has all these numbers plus the knowledge of 911 and any situation can be handled.

A 13 year old is very capable of babysitting for short periods of time but they aren't used to being responsible and to maintain attention on another. I wouldn't recommend she have any sitting jobs longer than 3 hours until she has had a couple jobs under her belt.

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February 24, 20120 found this helpful

Most thirteen year olds are perfectly capable of baby sitting. Is she around small kids a lot, so that she would know what to expect? Where I live kids are babysitting younger than that. By the time they reach their teens they are in more activities and aren't interested in babysitting, because by the time they are 14, they can get regular jobs in some places.

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However, where I live teens would be better off babysitting at $10.00 an hour than what they would make at the businesses that would hire them. My granddaughters are 20 and 22 and work almost full time, but still spend a lot of week ends baby sitting because they make more per hour doing that, than at their regular jobs. One word of caution, when she does babysit, make sure you know the people really well, because there are a lot of weirdos around.

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February 24, 20120 found this helpful

I agree with the reply posted by Greenergrass. Check out your local hospitals for babysitter training classes. At least one of the hospitals in my area offers these classes. She would get the training necessary for the job, and I'm sure that parents would appreciate knowing that she has had some training.

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Best wishes to both of you as she starts down the road of responsibility.

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February 24, 20120 found this helpful

I am 75 and I had a "regular" baby sitting job for a neighbor who had a lot of weekend religious activities. I was 12 when I started and when I turned 13 she gave me a raise from 25 cents to 35 cents an hour. Hopefully your daughter will make more than that. There was no training available then but I did ok. I think you should look into getting her trained and certified. Anything she can learn will be great for her.

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February 24, 20120 found this helpful

Well, I wouldn't do it. I don't think kids are paid enough to take on the responsibilities of babysitting, and heaven forbid anything should happen to the children, she'll have to carry that guilt and grief around with her for the rest of her life. That, and the dangers of leaving her in a strange house...I don't know. I think the cons outweigh the pros. In any case, here's a good article you might want to read about teens and jobs:

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kidshealth.org/.../job.html#

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April 7, 20140 found this helpful

Have her take a class at your local YMCA or redcross, it will teach her CPR and much other useful things. I'm 14 and I also wanted to babysit at her age and my mom mad me take the class and now that I'm certified im getting calls here and there

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January 25, 20161 found this helpful

I started babysitting when I was 12 years old. The Red Cross has a great certification program and handbooks that she can bring with her. I don't see it as a dangerous task as long as she reads a course or gets certified.

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Anonymous
March 22, 20160 found this helpful

U should let her, she needs to learn responsibility and will never grow up if u keep coddling her

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Anonymous
April 9, 20160 found this helpful

There is something called red Cross babysitting course and it shows how to handle things like that

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Anonymous
April 15, 20160 found this helpful

Im also 13 and just started babysitting but first my mom made me pets it to see if I had enough responsibility snd pet sitting pays about the same as babysitting

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Anonymous
April 29, 20160 found this helpful

You should give her a chance don't think of the worst that can happen think of the best

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Anonymous
May 6, 20160 found this helpful

I think you should let her baby sit why you are there and if she does good let here baby sit alone

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May 7, 20160 found this helpful

Well tell your daughter she needs to Learn how to take care of a child when that sort of thing happens (ex.theif comes in the house, house is on fire, or if a child starts to choke) because it's important to know that stuff just in case that sort of things happen I know I'm 13 and I've babysat my cuzins and brothers and I know this stuff and I think I'm qualified Enough to babysit

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May 23, 20160 found this helpful

make up your own questions and see if she is prepared for what can happen in babysitter life

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Anonymous
May 27, 20160 found this helpful

just get a bucket and she can nock on next door and so on to ask clean their car for money!

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June 6, 20160 found this helpful

Have her take a CPR class with the Red Cross! There is also an online babysitting course by the Red Cross that she can take as well.

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June 9, 20160 found this helpful

Let her do it but on her first night maybe stay with her but let her do the work so you can see if she is capable of taking care of a child.I hope I helped :)

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June 16, 20160 found this helpful

There is a way you can try. Do your child have any interest to sell small products to neighbor or in your town? If yes, you can try to import some goods from China and let your child to sell.

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She will grow fast. I am Chinese, I had that experience when I was Child. For the products, you can search products online, mostly in Google. You also can let me help you.

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June 26, 20160 found this helpful

There are Red Cross courses for babysitting that she can go on for 11 - 16 year olds. If she really wants tone earn some money, there are always other jobs she can do such as: acting, modelling, gardening, pet sitting, dog walking ect.

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July 14, 20160 found this helpful

IT IS GOOD THAT SHE IS ASKING BUT TELL HER IF SHE WANTS TO MAKE MONEY THEN TELL HER TO DO SOME CHORES OR WASH CAR OR HELP ELDER TO GET SHOPPING FOR HER

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September 4, 20160 found this helpful

Insted of her doing that why dont you pay her for doing chores or let ger do dog walking or go on the internet and seacrh up 13 yr old summer jobs

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September 6, 20160 found this helpful

Let her try it once and see how it goes maybe she'll have an experience n I wanna try it as well , message me

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Anonymous
September 9, 20160 found this helpful

let her take a babysitting class so she knows what to do if something like that happens.

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October 27, 20160 found this helpful

RedCross gas a babysitting thing for 13 year olds u could look into.

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August 11, 20220 found this helpful

I am 13 and babysit some children in my village, so that I can start making money to get myself braces and just get some real-life work experience. However, before I started doing this, I got my first aid, CPR and AED certification, so I would know what to do if something bad happened. Also, anyone who has met me has said Im very mature and responsible so I think it really depends on the person. I also babysat for family friends before I started babysitting other peoples children. I am very organised and make sure that I know everything I need to know about the child before I look after them (e.g. allergies and rules.) Overall, if you really think that your daughter is ready and she is willing to put in the time and commitment to get her certifications and be fully prepared for anything that could happen while she has a child in her care then I say do it, but if you have doubts in her ability than I wouldnt risk someone elses childs well-being. Hope this helped.

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