By whatnow - United States - Carmel
Today, I fell asleep on the couch while babysitting. When the kids' parents came home, they made fake crying noises to see if I would wake up. I slept like a baby, and by the time they finally roused me, I'd left a nice drool stain on the armrest. FML
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  ladyLALAA  |  28

I think 30 means when you are being paid to take care of children. I say YDI, OP! Falling asleep while babysitting is so dangerous, and if something were to happen you would be at fault. Have a red bull next time, and you don't share those with kids either OP. :)

  startrekker  |  3

#32 BINGO. Hopefully by now you put 2 and 2 together and figured out that's one of the reasons why parenting is so hard. The lack of rest and sleep. If you have young kids in the house, you can't sleep when they are awake. That IS child endangerment and neglect if you do.


Like #19, I was also okay'd by families to sleep after the kids slept. HOWEVER: I always told myself before sleeping to keep an ear open. I always woke up if there was crying. Maybe times are these days, where parents don't like babysitters sleeping? Its been quite a few years since I was one. I do think that heavy sleepers probably should avoid sleeping though, since they're less likely to hear problems.

BTW, I was a babysitter for 8 years, and NEVER had a situation where anyone's lives were in danger.

  pimpnainteasy  |  5

True statement :-) I'm a deep sleeper, I can sleep through most noises, but I wake up if someone or something walks by, or dog barks, or crying so its not too hard. Just gotta sleep at the right time, also depends how old the kid is, due to the fact that most 6 and up kids sleep through the night. So it wouldn't be a big deal