Back in the day (25 years ago!), when I was a kid and had to walk seven miles uphill in the snow to get to school…
Ugh. I never thought I’d be able to relate to my parents/grandparents while reminiscing on my childhood, but there you have it. lol Them’s the facts! Anywho, when I was younger, I remember getting left alone with my older siblings without a second thought. It was common occurrence then and no one thought a thing about it. Today, however, things are different. Much more dangerous, many more official rules.
In Missouri, where I live, the legal age for babysitting is 11 years old . If you’re not sure the age limit for where you live, check with your local police department or municipality. BUT, laws aside, I’m asking how young do YOU think kids can start babysitting?
My answer is easy. Despite the maturity of the child, I think kids shouldn’t start babysitting until they can manhandle the younger kids. I know, I know, I should have worded that better. But what I mean is that when they’re old/big/strong enough to pick the kid they’re babysitting up and carry them outside of a burning house, then they’re ready. If the kid can’t physically drag the younger kid to safety, then it’s not okay, in my book.
Now, in saying that, I’m speaking from a protective parent’s point of view. I always try to think safety first. My oldest, Aliya, is 11 and I 100% trust her to watch any of my children. Buuuuut, I won’t let her until she can sling them over her shoulder and flee an erupting volcano.
When you live in a creative world, such as we do, emotional support goes a long way. You can show that support by doing any or all of these 3 simple things.
Such easy things for you, but they mean the world to those of us with artistic endeavors. As always, thank you for being you, and happy reading.