babysitting age?

@sunshine4 (8709)
United States
March 13, 2007 10:14am CST
At what age do you think you should allow an older sibling to babysit a younger? I am not talking about a baby, I'm talking about a 6yr old.
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@apky12 (775)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I would probably say around 13 years old. I babysat when I was younger than that but now that I have kids I wouldn't let anyone babysit my children unless they were about 13 years old. I would even prefer older than that. It's up to you though and what you feel comfortable with for your child. My kids are still young but a 6 yr. old can do a lot on their own too.
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Well my bestfriends daughter is 11 and she attended a baby sitting program to become certified to babysit. I have a 6yr old and I would let her baby sit my 6yr old. I would aet her babysit my 3yr old. llot of it depends on if the older child id mature enough t handle the responsibility of caring for another child.
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@mom_of_2 (399)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
I think that depends on two factors...How resposible the older sibling is and how long are you leaving them. Here in Canada kids take their babysitting course when they are 12. 12 years old is ok if you're just running to the store or only going to be gone a very short time. I think 14 is a good age for those times when you'll be out for the evening...most 13 year old would disagree though. lol. I prefer to have an adault (grandma or an aunt) babysit my kids if I'll be gone overnight. Babysitting is such a huge responsibility for young kids. There really isn't a set age...consider maturity of the child left in charge, the behaviour of your youngest, how long you will be gone. One thing I always do ... When Im getting a babysitter I always let my neighbours know and give my babysitter their phone number just in case of an emergancy. Obviously a neighbour can get to the kids quicker than me or even 911.
• Canada
13 Mar 07
Girls around her take babysitting courses at the age of 12yrs and some are quite mature at that age to do a great job but to my age preference would have to be older like 15-16 yr's..Although these girls have been through the course some are not mature enough to not panic when a child chokes even though they have the abilities and are trained to do it. I think it is best to wait until an older age just so u know how they will handle thing's cause even parent's choke up in certin situations.....
• China
13 Mar 07
I think if he or she has the competence he or she can do this.
• China
13 Mar 07
yes,i agree with u.if he or she has the ability ,he or she can do it.and it must depend on if the older child mature enough to burden the responsibility of caring for other child.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
13 Mar 07
It would depend upon the maturity and responsible behavior the older child exhibits, but I would say at about 12 or 13 they should be old enough. I have an 11-year-old granddaughter who is left to watch the younger kids for short periods, even a 2-year-old, but she has become very experienced in caring for younger kids since she is the oldest of the lot and always loved to take care of the babies. She will be a great babysitter for other families in a year or two!