I babysit regularly for some of my grandchildren, however I think I have only babysat when I was a teenager for the kids across the road.
And I did not do that very often -oddly enough I can remember the families name yet have a problem remembering what I did a few days ago!
And I clearly remember going to babysit one night with a boyfriend!!!!
If it's your own kids it's not babysitting, it's just parenting. I hate it when people talk about my husband "babysitting" his own children because it implies that that isn't his responsibility when it very much is.
Yep, I used to babysit for money when I was in my teens and twenties, and more recently now and then I have a friend's child hang out with us for a day and they sometimes do the same for me.
That would totally irk me. I can't imagine anybody talking about a father babysitting his children. It's a good thing too as I don't imagine a pleasant conversation would ensue if somebody said something like that to me.
My son called me over a year ago, to come for a visit.
I thought 'how nice' and he said we can have a chat and a drink...''lovely I thought''.
He is a VERY busy guy, runs his own company.
When I got there, I found out his wife had to go out...left him alone with my two grandchildren, and he just found the whole thing ''toooo much''!!!
When his wife came home and found me there, she said to him ''REALLY''!
You could not manage a few hours alone?
Since then he has had too.....I think she was very upset, and rightly so.
For some reason people have always asked me!!
I hate to say no....but to be honest, I'm not into doing it.
The responsibility is HUGE!...well it is to me.
I have had to say no a few times, and other I gave in.
In fact I just looked after a very dear friends two wonderful kids, and that was for 2 days...They were amazing, but one has to be totally on the ball 24 x 7 !
I can't remember the last time I babysat...I don't think that a couple of hours with my husband's cousin who is eight going on thirty counts. I babysat my five cousins when I was about thirteen or fourteen. I told my uncle that they were absolute angels. And they really were much more pleasant to look after than my three youngest sisters who were roughly the same age - LOL!
Yes. I sometimes had the care of my bosses 6 children up to a week when in New Zealand. 4 belonged to one boss and the other 2 to his brother. We had a routine organised and had people comment on how well behaved they were when dining out. I even had them eating vegetables. I enjoyed it and as one of the bossess was a widower, I had the girls while he was away on his own. One was in kindergarten the other in 1st class and the other children ranged from 5 to 12.
Oh Yes!I have often babysat,since my teens when I would do it for some extra pocket money,and then later just to help friends out when they needed to do things without their children.I still often have the boys from next door over at my place. They LOVE coming here as I let them be creative with paints and crafty stuff!! We also read from my old children's books which are very amusing as they were often written a century ago!!! When I worked,I became very close to the family who I worked for and often would look after the children.We always had such fun together. They are both now delightful young adults.I don't have any grandchildren so I truly LOVE spending time with other people's kids.They are told from the very start though that I do NOT tolerate lies and dishonesty of any type,cruelty to animals.bullying and disrespect. Manners are essential in my house. I only once had to let a child know that he was no longer welcome in my home,and that was for swearing at his mother in MY lounge-room!!! He learnt a very hard lesson as he used to adore coming over here.That was very many years ago now,yet he has told my son recently how very sorry he still is for that day when they were both still schoolboys. Lesson learned!!! I had to stick to my guns with it,and I am very proud of myself for doing so.That was the ONLY time I ever had a situation so dramatic.As a rule,I never have any troubles at all with children. I guess that could be because I talk TO them,not AT them!!
Yes I have babysat other children than mine or my grandchildren. I babysat a baby for a week when her parents were married and another friend left her baby son with me for a couple of weeks at short notice. Nephew and niece for a week once. I take my responsibility very seriously and I am relieved when I can give the children back in one piece. I probably babysat as a teen a couple of times for money too. I have the attitude that nothing will harm the children on my watch.
Yes I sure have! One of my good friends is a mother of 5, so I have had one or two of her kids over at a time to play with mine while their parents do things with the other kids or just get some time out. We swap babysitting and our kids are good friends so this works well for us.