babysitters?

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Registered: 08-09-2010
babysitters?
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Sat, 07-23-2011 - 11:33pm

how old should kids be in order to be left home alone?

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Registered: 05-04-2011
Mon, 07-25-2011 - 5:19pm

I know where I live, a child must be over 10 to be left home alone and over 12 in order to babysit.

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Registered: 08-09-2010
Mon, 07-25-2011 - 8:02pm

thank you!!

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Mon, 07-25-2011 - 9:07pm
My oldest is only 9 so we have a few years yet. I'm thinking right now he would have to be 12 to either stay home or baby sit. I don't see him being ready in less than a year. If he were to babysit our other kids I would not leave him with my now 7 year old but depending I think he'd be fine with the younger 2 in a few years. We only have family/friends watch them... I would be very uncomfortable leaving them with a teenager.
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Registered: 09-07-2000
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 10:19am
I'm thinking 12 is about right, but I also think it depends on the child.

Rhae, I didn't realize that there were laws on when a child could be left alone. Is that a state law for you?
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Registered: 09-07-2000
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 10:21am
I never babysat as a teenager, but I had friends who did. One of my best friends did things while babysitting that has (unfairly) tarnished my image of teen babysitters. I didn't think much of it at the time, but now that I have kids of my own I know I'd be livid if I had a babysitter doing the things she was doing when she was supposed to be watching my kids. If I knew the teen really well, I'd probably be OK with letting a teenager watch my kids.
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Registered: 05-04-2011
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 1:59am

Apparently I'm mistaken, and it's not provincial law.