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Proper Age for a Babysitter

Published January 26, 2010        by Kim

My husband and I try to sneak a "date night" in at least once a month, and we are lucky enough to have two great babysitting options - our daycare provider's 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter.  The situation works perfectly for everyone - my kids (ages 3 and 7) have been a part of this daycare family for 5 years, the sitters live close by, and usually their mother is home as a backup in case of emergencies.  Some parents may feel that 12 or 13 is too young for a sitter, but not if you weigh the other variables (experience, maturity level, comfort level with children).  If you are unsure of the proper age for a babysitter, consider the pros and cons of the following age ranges: Pre-Teen Sitter - Many babysitting courses require their students to be at least 11 years old, and I wouldn't Read more