By stop_crying - 11/05/2016 18:55 - United States
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Depends on the country, then. Where I live, I tried to find myself a babysitting job and was told that I'm too young at 20. It's only in the USA that I've seen people letting kids from the neighborhood babysit their children. Personally, I'd be afraid to let a baby, so fragile and in need of care, alone with a kid who I wouldn't be sure that would know how to respond in case of an emergency. Kids can stumble and fall and hit their heads even in front of their parents. It takes just a moment for an accident to happen. So, that's where I come from. Cultural differences, if you may.
For my parents, it always depended on the kid doing the babysitting. I started babysitting my brothers and their friends across the street when I was around 12 because they knew I could handle a crisis. Thankfully, there was never a crisis that involved the hospital or anything when I was alone with them, but they were confident that, if something HAD happened, I would know what to do and how to handle it. In my experience, it's usually situations like that where the babysitter is more than just a babysitter. I was a close family friend. I say "was", but I still am. They all want to come up to visit my husband and I the next time my family makes the trip up here. Those kids were at my house ALL the time and were practically family so their parents trusted that I could handle all 5 kids (my two brothers and their three kids).