I was babysitting at 12. I think the right person I would be okay with.
It is illegal here for anyone under 12 to be home alone so I wouldn't hire anyone under 12.
It's hard for me to say what I would do. Due to dd1's issues I typically only do relatives. We have never had an outside babysitter.
I was pretty young when I started watching my younger cousins and by 14 I was watching my one year old cousin from around 8-5 . I have never hired a babysitter to watch my son, we have few friends and no family where I live and if I have somewhere to go and it's not kid friendly I just don't go, my husband works most nights as well so even girls nights are out. My Mum watches him when I have meetings for a group i volunteer with if she is not working, again otherwise I don't go. DS is 2 next month and I have been out four exactly 4 hours one night without him, my Mum babysat and would not be paid, but I think a hired baby sitter around here would charge a fair bit, maybe $10-$20 an hour
I live in Massachusetts.
Now, let me say plenty of people do leave their kids home under age 12 but if something happens you can be charged with reckless endangerment I believe (say like a house fire or something).
Our regular babysitter is 13 and we pay her about $10/hr (although we originally told her $5/hr). She lives just up the street from us and is the oldest girl of 5 kids. Very responsible and Robbie has a little crush on her. When we were moving we came home to a packed up play room!! (what a nice surprise that was).
I started babysitting at 11 (mostly my nephews) and was paid $0.50/hr. When I stopped babysitting (at least regular babysitting) I was making $3/hr and I was 18.
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I had this discussion at work with the moms when one of their daughters was getting ready to start a babysitting job. The idea of anyone that young watching my son scares me. Then I thought about it and I was probably not much older than that when I started babysitting. Crazy how it's different when its YOUR kid! So far the only people that are not family that have watched my son have been either my own age or slightly younger (my brother's girlfriend, her little (21 yr old) sister etc) I can't remember what we paid either.
I was 14 when I started babysitting. I got $1/ hr per child.
I do think it depends on the age of the child. I can see leaving my 7 year old with a younger babysitter. My 2 year old I would not leave with someone less than 16. It would be different if it was family like one of my neices, but anyone that babysat for us would either be a neighbor or someone from church.
I started at about age 11/12. I don't think I ever really got paid by the hour. In fact I don't ever really remember discussing a price I would just take whatever they gave me. It was usually just like $20 for the evening or something like that, and the bonus was that they would leave snacks out for me and it was yummy stuff that I didn't get at home.
I think it really depends a lot on the maturity of the babysitter and the circumstances, but there are some 11/12 year olds that I would trust to babysit. I would probably want someone a little older if it was an infant.
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My oldest DD has been babysitting a lot this summer, she is 12 and half. I think she is extraordinarily responsible when it comes to babysitting, having 3 younger siblings has made her very practiced. Now my 2nd DD is 10 and in no way do I see her being ready in 2 years.
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