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Old 06-08-2007, 02:31 PM
 
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should i have a 12 year old babysitter put my son to bed or should ihave my son stay up until we get home? (we will get home at 11:30)
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:30 PM
 
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how old is your son?
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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Isn't 12 years old a little young to be babysitting??

It would be for me.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:12 PM
 
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I think she should at least try to put him to bed. 11:30pm is late for a little one to be awake. Quite frankly, it's a little late for a 12 year old to be awake IMO.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:13 PM
 
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If you are unsure if you should, could you let your son fall asleep on the sofa and take him to bed when you get home (assuming he's old enough to be able to sleep on a sofa). That way, he can still wait up for you, even if he falls asleep. I remember a lot of kids that did that when I used to babysit.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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should i have a 12 year old babysitter put my son to bed or should ihave my son stay up until we get home? (we will get home at 11:30)
I would make a bed up for my son in the family room. That way he could watch a movie and fall asleep.

12 is a bit young depending on the age of child(ren) and her maturity level. Some kids are ready while others may have a hard time. Is he/she experienced?
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:37 PM
 
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Did you mean to say that your son is twelve? While he may take the "challenge" to try to wait up for you, odds are he may just doze off on his own, and you won't have to worry because he's probably still programmed for "school hours" anyway.
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:34 PM
 
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My question is why are you having a 12 year old babysitter in the first place? That's far too young!
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:23 PM
 
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All of those saying that 12 is too young to babysit-not neccessarily true. Age is just a number; it all depends on the person. Just like you can have a 19 year old as mature as a 30 year old, and a 30 year old as mature as a 19 year old...

When I was 12, I was babysitting. I was the babysitter for a set of twins, that were on heart monitors. I was a mature 12 year old.

If it's a mature 12 year old, I would rather have a mature 12 year old, than an immature 16 year old, even though 16 is an acceptable age.
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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All of those saying that 12 is too young to babysit-not neccessarily true. Age is just a number; it all depends on the person. Just like you can have a 19 year old as mature as a 30 year old, and a 30 year old as mature as a 19 year old...

When I was 12, I was babysitting. I was the babysitter for a set of twins, that were on heart monitors. I was a mature 12 year old.

If it's a mature 12 year old, I would rather have a mature 12 year old, than an immature 16 year old, even though 16 is an acceptable age.
Would a 12 year old know what to do if a kid has a seizure? Or if a kitchen fire starts? What about if there is a gas leak in the house? Not trying to scare anyone off here but while it is true there are exceptions, the general rule of thumb still applies. I mean, its your kids, your life but PERSONALLY I'd rather give the responsibility to the average 16 year old who is likely to be responsible than the exceptional 12 year old who may or may not be.
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