TO leave my 14year old to babysit my 18month old whilst she has her nap today.
Bettydownthehall · 01/07/2017 08:57
My two younger girls want to go to the school fete. 11-1pm. Then I have promised my daughter lunch out as a reward for brilliant behaviour. I am planning on taking all of the children for lunch. This will leave no space for the baby's nap and she is a nightmare without it. She reliably sleeps 3 hours per day.
I was thinking about putting the baby to nap, taking the girls to the fete and then coming back to collect them all for lunch.
14yr old could ring me if baby got up, but he is also capable of getting her out of bed and taking her down to play for a bit while I came back.
Seems sensible to me but I know the NSPCC guidelines. But...I also know my children.
Trampire · 01/07/2017 09:11
I would totally do that.
My friend used to pay my niece at that age in the school holidays to mind her two young dd's as she had to work (from home) for a few hours in holidays etc. Dd used to take them to the park, out for ice-cream etc. Dd's loved it.
With some exceptions I think most 14's year olds are responsible enough to mind a small child at home for an hour.
Kim82 · 01/07/2017 09:12
I would do it. I've left my 15 year old ds with 2 year old dd whilst I nipped out. He's responsible and I trust him to look after her. Ive also nipped out to pick dh up from a night out whilst she is in bed asleep and ds has kept an ear out for her too. It's fine imo.
KoalaDownUnder · 01/07/2017 09:16
The baby is your child, your responsibility, not your teenager's
She's asking him to babysit for a couple of hours in the middle of the day, not adopt her.
There's some weird thing on MN about never asking a child to watch younger siblings. Meanwhile, back in the real world...
EdmundCleverClogs · 01/07/2017 09:17
I used to do it but I expected extra pocket money or similar for doing so. In my mind, babysitting went beyond 'normal chores', and sometimes interfered with my own teenage plans. Oh, and I hope you've asked him if he's ok to do it, not expected it, that would be rather unfair.
BertrandRussell · 01/07/2017 09:19
"In my mind, babysitting went beyond 'normal chores', and sometimes interfered with my own teenage plans."
Well, if it interfered with the teenagers plans, then of course. But this isn't- it's helping to make sure a family event later is fun for everyone.
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