|12 is too young to babysit|
|12 is old enough, give him a chance|
|Only for a short time span|
Quoting Jess♫:" How long do you plan on being gone? Can he change diapers? Feed her properly?"
Quoting Amberchik78:" I don't know about Michigan, but I know my state has an age requirement to babysit. That being said, I started babysitting when I was like 9, and not just my siblings, either."
Quoting 3 Pumpkins:" give him a chance. how old is the little sister?"
Quoting Tashara: Just Me:" She's 4. She's been fully potty trained since she was 2, so we're good there. He knows what she likes ... [snip!] ... a plug up griddle that we have. Or the microwave, of course. She dresses, and cleans herself, and brushes her own teeth."
Quoting Rumple Foreskin™:" Well, at 4 my kids have always been reasonably self sufdicient and potty trained....so i would try it. All he would really need to do is feed her and keep her inside."
Quoting Tashara: Just Me:" Yeah, I can't find anything on it. Unless I'm not looking hard enough."You can call your local CPS and ask them. They should know.
Quoting Jess♫:" In that case.. yes I'd let him watch her.. I'd start with smaller periods of time like running to the ... [snip!] ... to do..( up to 4 hours) their mother is always there in case of an emergency.. but I would let them watch hem if she wasn't."
Quoting Tashara: Just Me:" Yeah. And he knows better than to answer the door when he's home alone, so I doubt he'd do it if he's ... [snip!] ... but for the most part, he does what he's told. My biggest issue with him is keeping him off the Xbox 360 for 3 hours straight!"
Quoting P3RvYmCp3rv:" Also here is a readiness check list. : )http://www.traversecityfamilylaw.com/Pages/HomeAlone.htm#Assessing_readiness"
Quoting Coupon Lady:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Tashara: Just Me:</b>" Yeah. And he knows better than to answer ... [snip!] ... when I'm gone to the store. Just let him know you don't want him to use it when he is watching your lo and see what happens."