It is not unusual for couples or single parents to need a babysitter. Often if they have older children they add this to that child’s responsibilities. It could just be for a few hours after school to during the day or evening for several hours.
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There are things an older sibling should know when caring for younger siblings. It could be simple instructions given to the older siblings by the parent. Nevertheless, there could be emergency situations meaning that Mommy and Daddy need to be sure a plan is designed to handle these unforeseen situations. A plan should be in place or at least the older sibling should know what needs to be done in the event of an emergency. Many feel it is best for the babysitter to show responsibilities first before giving the job of caring for a younger sibling. This would ensure they can handle an emergency even if it is not something they have a plan to handle. They need to know who to call or what steps to take in an emergency, such as if they need to administer first aid.
Many of the responsibilities given to the older sibling who is babysitting should be age appropriate. Perhaps a 14-year-old would be told not to use the stove, but could cook in the microwave while an 18-year-old sibling is allowed to use the stove. Make sure the older sibling and younger sibling know who is in charge. The older sibling is working in place of the parents. The same rules are in place and these rules are expected to be followed by everyone.