A recent study of11- to 13-year-old babysitters found that almost all of them know whom they should contact if faced with an intruder or sick child, but 40 percent said they had left children unattended and 20 percent had opened the door to a stranger.Learn about 3 websites where qualified babysitters can register for assignments.
Figuring out whether your child is up to the task really comes down to knowing your child. (Note: Some states do set the minimum age for a babysitter at 12.) Does she generally make good decisions? If she has younger siblings, how does she interact with them? If you're confident that she would be reliable, then suggest she take a babysitting class. The American Red Cross offers a one-day course for 11- to 15-year-olds (RedCross.org/Babysitting).
You can also help your child prepare by rehearsing different scenarios, such as what to do if the doorbell rings or a stranger phones. And it's a good idea to ease her into theRead More »from Is My Child Old Enough to Babysit?