What’s the magic age to….

What’s the age in which you let your oldest babysit the younger sibling(s)? Is there a magic number? I am going to go with maturity and behavior of younger siblings.

Does it depend on how many kids? I have 2 kids 4 years apart, one boy one girl. I let my oldest stay home with the youngest probably at 11 years old. Then there’s your families with 3 and 4 kids. What if they are well behaved children in general? Can’t the 11 year old watch the 8,6 and 4 year old?

Oh and to clarify I am talking about a span of 1 to 2 hours, not all day.





6 thoughts on “What’s the magic age to….

  1. definitely older than 11 years old for the oldest and never a child 3 years old or younger.. that’s just crazy people sitting around drinking bloody marys on a Saturday afternoon. they arrest parents for doing stuff like that, don’t they?

    parenting 101 🙂


    1. think about your girls. how old would you let them? and they are only 2 years apart. and I would def be drinking mimosas and not bloodys!


  2. In my opinion, 11 is way too young. Trust me, I get it. How EASY would that be to just be able to pop out to the store for a bit without the hassle of getting a sitter? But you need to think about what if a medical emergency happened? An 11yo just should not – and cannot – carry that responsibility. 14yo minimum, and even then only if they want to. And with neighbors near by if need be. If they are just on their own, or no children under 8 or so, and well behaved, and for only an hour or so, maybe 13. Just sayin’. 🙂

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  3. Many states base and military installations base it on 12 years for a couple of hours for older children 4-5 year range – for infants to 3 year range obviously be higher teens…Dave 🙂


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