14Babysitting At 11-Years-Old
I remember when I was quite young, I was babysat by the neighbor's kid who was around 11-years-old at the time and that was in the 1980's. I am also certain that kids were babysat by 11-year-olds as well in the 1990's. In fact, I know for a fact that
they were because when I was 18-years-old in the mid-1990's, I had a part-time nanny job and watched these boys.
Since that was so long ago now, I cannot remember how the conversation came up, but they mentioned that they were babysat by an 11-year-old girl not long before I watched them. But nowadays, you would not see parents hiring an 11-year-old to babysit their kids even though they technically can, according to the Globe and Mail.
The legal age for babysitting may be different in other countries, but in Canada there are babysitting courses available to kids 11 to 14. Therefore, 11 technically is not too young to babysit. However, parents, these days are not comfortable with the idea. And to be frank, I wasn't either at the time when my kids were young. The truth is though, the more I think about it, some 11-year-olds may even do a better job than some adults watching kids!