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Babysitting Etiquette

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RestingActress Thu 27-Feb-14 20:11:55

There are probably lots of other threads about this but I can't find anything.

So when we have used babysitters before, they have usually been older and driven themselves here and taken themselves home after.

What do you usually do about babysitters that don't live nearby and are too young to drive?

If DS was going to a Saturday job then clearly it is down to him to get himself there and back, but if he is sitting til midnight two miles away then should I be dropping him off / picking him up or should the parents that he is sitting for be doing it?

teenagetantrums Thu 27-Feb-14 20:16:54

take him home, or if you get a taxi home, get them to take him on after.

starfish4 Thu 27-Feb-14 20:24:49

If it's someone you know, ie daughter/son of a friend niece/nephew, you could always ask them to stay the night, tempting them with a pizza and a few treats, that way no one has to turn out late to make sure they get home safely.

RestingActress Thu 27-Feb-14 21:44:53

Thanks, it's my DS babysitting for someone else, and really I'd rather not have to go out and get him, but if you all think that the parents that he is sitting for should pay him and then bring him home then that is fine with me thanks

BrennanHasAMangina Thu 27-Feb-14 21:49:03

We drive or walk our sitter home. Well, one of us does smile.

Travelledtheworld Thu 27-Feb-14 21:55:13

I take my 15 to to her babysitting venue and then the parents of the children she is sitting usually run her home, or send here home in a taxi if they have been to the pub !

Unless she is sitting for my friend who is a single parent and then I go and collect her, because my friend cannot leave her children alone.

If they are out after midnight I think they should not expect you to collect him. Ultimately I would go for what is safe and what you are comfortable with.

RestingActress Sat 01-Mar-14 09:54:44

Ugh I'm trying not to interfere and let DS make his own arrangements but I know if I do this then in all likelihood the coming home bit won't get sorted.

Thanks for all the advice.

Winterwardrobetime Sat 01-Mar-14 10:00:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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