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How old do you have to be to babysit in Texas?

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There is no written law specifying the minimum age for a babysitter in Texas. However, the state Department of Family and Protective Services makes several recommendations for child care on its web site.

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Most states do not specify an age minimum for babysitting or have laws regarding babysitting. However, states offer guidelines for babysitting and recommend that a babysitter be at least 13 years of age, according to Babysitting-Rates.com. In addition, states do have laws outlining what constitutes child neglect, which include irresponsible child care practices.

In Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services states that while Texas law does not dictate a minimum age for a child to be left alone, "an adult caregiver is accountable for the child's care and inadequate supervision can be a type of neglect."

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