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On FB I saw a discussion about how much to pay a babysitter. The answers to that did not surprise me as much as the age of the babysitters. Would you pay an 11-13 year old to watch your kids? And for fun, how much do you pay a babysitter?

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I pay $7/hr for my 3 kids. We do not live near family, so if we go out without the girls we get a babysitter. I can not imagine leaving my girls with someone that young though. 14-15 would be the youngest I would consider. Most offten we use college students.

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DSD has been babysitting her sister and cousin since she was 12. We had her do the babysitting course as soon as she was able. As it is for family we pay in different ways - cash, treats etc - depending on various factors. I am not sure what I would do if I had to hire a non-family baby sitter. It has never come up.

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Yes i would pay an 11 - 13 year old to watch my kids depending on who that 11 - 13 year old was. I've had a 12 year old watch my kids before and she is a fantastic babysitter, very mature for her age. She's 13 now and she'll be watching my kids again in a couple of weeks. I love her. An 11 year old would probably be a hard sell on me for any real babysitting job. Maybe an hour to watch one of my kids. I do leave Emma(11years) home alone and i would probably let her watch Cecilia, or Nathalie for a short period of time but i never have. But not everybody. Since they are siblings and Emma would be outnumbered there would certainly be a mutiny and all chaos would break loose.

Okay, I'm exaggerating a little bit. But i think the others would have a hard time respecting her as 'in charge' if they were all together.

As for pay, i guess we've never hammered out an actual rate, we always kind of 'guesstimate' I think it typically comes out to 8 or 9 dollars an hour.

I have three nieces(all in their twenties) coming to watch my kids for a weekend while we go to a wedding far away. We plan on paying them each 100 bucks plus a little for gas. That would be a very low hourly rate for each of them. But a)they get to team up, b)they are excited to come and think it will be a fun trip and c)they are family and have always been wllling to watch my kids for nothing or less than usual. Sometimes they won't accept any money.

I started babysitting when i was 12 BTW.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

I started babysitting when i was 12 BTW.

I did too. And yes, I would allow an 11-13 year old to watch T, depending on the 11-13 year old. It's not that hard to watch a movie and eat pizza for a couple of hours while we're gone. Smile

We most often use my parents as babysitters since they are literally right up the street and free, but when we do hire a teen babysitter, we offer $20 for an evening.

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We paid one of my adult friends $30 for three hours once, other than that, we use our lunch break as date time or wait until we are visiting family to go anywhere. My sister also stayed with him for a 4 day cruise me and dh went on and I paid her $200.

I would let an 11 year old watch the 4 year old, but not the baby and hte 4 year old and only for a couple of hours.

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The girls next door have watched the kids when they were 11 and 12. They are very mature and their parents are right next door... And their are two of them. I wouldn't have one young sitter because my kids are all so young (and there is a bunch of them Smile ) I'm not sure what the going rate is...

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We pay $10-$12/hour-- depending on the age of the sitter. So far, we've only left our 4 home (right now we just take the tiny baby with us.)

I would hire a sitter who was 11-13, if we didn't have so many kids.

Our oldest daughter is 9 and she helps watch other kids in our neighborhood now. As the oldest of 5, she's quite responsible and great with kids. I'm sure that in another couple of years she'd be great with other people's kids (like Kim, we won't leave her with our own, for the same reasons....)

I also started babysitting when I was 11. I had a regular job where I watched 3 young kids and think I did a pretty great job :).

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Very interesting. I think when my oldest is 11, I would let them all stay together, but some random hired sitter would need to be older.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Very interesting. I think when my oldest is 11, I would let them all stay together, but some random hired sitter would need to be older.

Random?

I don't hire random people.

I wouldn't let any random person watch my kids regardless of age.

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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.

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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

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"Jessica80" wrote:

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.

This is also interesting. What area are you from?

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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the one thing I DO look for (and means more to me than age) is that they have had the babysitter course with cpr etc.

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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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Oh I forgot to add that I was paid 5/hr for 2 kids back in 1992-1994. When I started they were 1 and 6.

I did take a babysitting course I would highly recommend it.

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We pay 2 per kid per hour (we pay our 12year old when she watches her siblings) and that seems to be the amount she makes when she babysits for others too. One family pays substantially more, they say their kids love her so much they want her to keep coming back to work for them