|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Sibling Babysitting

Education Expert Advice from Barbara Callaghan

Q: I work full time. My regular babysitter is on vacation this week, so I am "hiring" my 13 year-old daughter to watch my 6 year old. She has done this quite often, and I work close to home in case of emergency. We are running out of things to keep them busy. Any suggestions?

A: It is quite common for parents to "hire" an older sibling to watch over a younger one during a school holiday or when the regular babysitter is unavailable. Why not get both children involved in an organized activity such as swimming lessons, library time, YMCA--something that is close to home.

Try not to spend too much time on one activity--no more than an hour in the den on computer games, an hour in the back yard reading, an hour in the kitchen for eating, an hour on the porch to do arts and crafts. By having to change location and activity, interest is maintained.

A well prepared babysitter, whether it is an older sibling or someone else, gives parents great peace of mind and I commend you for helping your sitter be prepared!

More on: Expert Advice

After teaching in California for nearly ten years, Barbara Callaghan moved to New Hampshire in 1985 and became a principal. After 10 years as a principal, she returned to teaching, her first love and true vocation.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
Looking for classic outdoor games kids can play in the driveway or on the sidewalk, just like the good ol' days? From hopscotch to bubble-blowing contests, there's something for all ages!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Best Sun Safety Practices for Babies
Follow these sun safety practices for babies to ensure your little one stays safe on the beach and on sunny days all year long.