Alright everyone – time for another Dazed Dad Poll. Since we have such an amazing community of folks at our church – and since I’m a youth/young adults pastor, as soon as we told people we were pregnant, we got a TON of people letting us know they were ready to babysit anytime. Now, some of them were folks who we wouldn’t even think twice about letting watch our twins while we go out for an evening together. And then there were the two 8th grade boys who got very mischievous looks on their faces and said, “Oh boy…..oh boy….yes, we are going to babysit your twins…we have so many things to teach them……..!”
Nice guys – but….just plain scary.
I’m sure there are many different opinions about this – but I’d be interested in hearing what your thoughts are about appropriate age of babysitters for newborns. We have lots of middle and high school girls who have babysat before and are eager to get their time with the Cleaker Twins. I’m sure it totally depends on who the person is, what their experience level is, how trustworthy they are, etc. Maybe there’s even certain “guilds” or babysitter clubs that one can belong to, etc., so I’m very ignorant when it comes to these things.
All I know is that when I was a kid, we had a series of really bad babysitters that we found somehow. One girl made lots of long-distance phone calls from our home phone, and another girl saw a dead bird on the side of the road on her way to our house, and she brought it inside and tried to “nurse” it back to life instead of watching us. So, I think we’re trying to avoid those types of situations.
Please vote on the poll below – although I’m guessing there may be a lot of “other” answers on this one. Thanks everyone!