If you’re of a certain age (ahem, 30 or 40-something parents), then hearing your child mention that they want to start babysitting probably makes you think of the 1987 film Adventures in Babysitting. Remember how fun it was to watch Elizabeth Shue as she drove into Chicago with a car full of kids, ready to take on mischief, car thieves, blues musicians, and more? Now that you’re a parent, however, you want to make sure that you child is safe and sound watching their younger charges, not out trying to convince Vincent D’Onofrio that he really might be Thor. (You didn’t know that was Vincent, did you? Here’s another bit of trivia: Bradley Whitford played the cheating boyfriend, Mike.)
Adventures in Babysitting aside, most sitters in the 80s experienced quiet evenings with the children playing a game or watching a movie. These days, kids may stream a movie instead of watching a VHS rental tape, but kids – and babysitters haven’t changed all that much. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to worry about. Now that you’re looking at things from a parent’s perspective, here’s what you need to know if your child wants to start babysitting:
The world may have changed over the past 30 years or so, but babysitting is still the go-to job for teens. Just make sure your child is ready for the responsibility and has the life and safety skills training necessary to keep themselves and the children they’re watching safe. After all, adventures while babysitting are only fun if you’re watching them in a movie!
Has your child taken a babysitting training course? If not, find a Safe Sitter® class near you!