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Can an 11-year-old babysit children?

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It is possible for an 11-year-old to legally babysit in many states. WomansDay.com suggests that parents of a child this age should sign the child up for a Red Cross babysitting course and run through various scenarios to see how the would-be babysitter would behave.

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Some states require babysitters to be at least 12 years old. Woman's Day further suggests that parents with a child this age who is interested in becoming a babysitter consider the following questions:

  • Does the child get along and interact well with his or her younger siblings?
  • Does he or she make good, sound decisions?

The Red Cross offers a one-day course for 11- to 15-year-old babysitters. Parents might consider starting him or her out as a mother's helper or only allowing babysitting for a few hours at a time.

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