As a teenager I only had one babysitting job and it became a disaster. I was babysitting for my cousin’s wife so she could work a part time job on Saturday’s. Lo and Behold, she was not only working, but having an affair while I kept the children. At the time, I felt partly responsible for her behavior but as I grew older, I realized that I really had no part in her betrayal. I lived in a rural community and not many babysitting jobs were available.
I spent several years in the infant nursery at church during the Sunday School hour, even tho this was not paid babysitting, it was still babysitting and I enjoyed watching the babies develop. There was a little girl in the nursery and I was the only one that she would allow to hold her. She was very hard to get to sleep, but I usually managed to get her started on her morning nap. Her mom told me on numerous occasions that if I had not been there, she would not have been able to leave her.
Some folks think that anyone can babysit, be a mom or dad. This is just not true. One may be able to play the part, but not be devoted to the task. I no longer think that I feel the shoes of being a babysitter but I do keep the grandchildren on rare occasions. I like to keep the grandchildren 1 at a time, this allows for one on one attention giving each child quality time.