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Would you leave a very sensible 14 year old in charge of her almost 6 year old sibling ?

(19 Posts)
JugglingChaotically Sat 14-Sep-13 13:55:31

DC2 needs clothes. DD3 is tired and trailing her round the shops for an hour would be unpleasant for all. DD1 (almost 15) has offered to babysit while I pop out with DD2. DD1 v sensible and very sweet with her little sister. Patience of a saint and calm head in a crisis. We would be 1 mile away and should be 30 mins but shopping with girls can take time. Max 1 hour.
Would you leave DD1 to babysit DD3?

Northernexile Sat 14-Sep-13 13:58:05


gamerchick Sat 14-Sep-13 13:59:18


AgentProvocateur Sat 14-Sep-13 13:59:43

Yes, of course. I earned a fortune babysitting when I was 14.

TheProsAndConsOfHitchhiking Sat 14-Sep-13 14:00:17

Yes. Why wouldn't you?

MrsShrek3 Sat 14-Sep-13 14:00:18


Ragwort Sat 14-Sep-13 14:00:45

Absolutely, I would think it a little odd if you couldn't leave a nearly 15 year old to look after a younger sibling.

JugglingChaotically Sat 14-Sep-13 14:00:59

I googled first and was spooked by case where someone got cautioned for leaving a 14 yo babysitting. DD1 v sensible though so was going to till then.

chickensandbees Sat 14-Sep-13 14:01:24

Yes. I was also babysitting at this age.

MrsShrek3 Sat 14-Sep-13 14:01:34

make sure your mobile is fully charged. they wont need to ring you but it will make you feel better wink

JugglingChaotically Sat 14-Sep-13 14:04:10

Thanks all.

ItsaTIARA Sat 14-Sep-13 14:05:03

Yes of course.

JugglingChaotically Sat 14-Sep-13 14:07:31

Will do re mobile. Worry re signal going in shop but will pop out to check. (Neurotic I know.).

heronsfly Sat 14-Sep-13 14:08:09

Yes, I have regularly left me younger dcs with the older ones, I trust them more than anyone, even my dh grin

bigTillyMint Sat 14-Sep-13 14:09:40

Yes definitely - my sensible 14 yo DD has been sitting for our neighbours 7 and 11 yearolds for year now smile

lola88 Sat 14-Sep-13 17:31:25

I was babysitting at 14, maybe leave another number to ring incase of an emergency when I babysat I had the parents number and my mum to call but in 5 years of babysitting I never needed to call anyone.

LoonyLouLou78 Sat 14-Sep-13 20:34:08

Yes definitely. I was 14 when my baby sister was born. My grandad (mum's dad) was very sick at the time. I did tonnes of tea time / early evening babysitting while mum was at the hospital. Always loved it and was (and still am) very close to my sister.

Thisisaeuphemism Sat 14-Sep-13 20:36:54

Yes, I'm surprised you haven't before now ;)

exoticfruits Sat 14-Sep-13 20:47:49

Yes - I used to.

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