Legal age to babysit in California

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Old Aug 29th, 2011, 11:21 PM   #1
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hi, i have four children ages 13, 11, 10 and 4. can i leave them by themselves at home for about 4-6 hours while im at work with my 13 yr old as the sitter? im in the state of california, please help thank you.
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I wish to inform you that generally the person must be above 12 years of age. In this regard although there is no specific restriction as to who may baby sit but generally a child above 12 years of age can baby sit. Thus, your child who is of 13 years of age may baby sit for other children.

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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 04:14 AM   #3
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In general above 12 years of age can be a baby sitter. California does not have a law on babysitters at this point. But the situation really depends upon whether the child is knowledgable on how to handle an emergency and feels safe.
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hi, i have four children ages 13, 11, 10 and 4. can i leave them by themselves at home for about 4-6 hours while im at work with my 13 yr old as the sitter? im in the state of california, please help thank you.
The 13-year old is of age to babysit for other children. You, as mother, know your children and whether the 13 year old can control the 11 and 10-year old. They are awfully close in age which would be my concern. Can the 13-year old rely upon a neighbor if needed in an emergency? 13 is old enough to be responsible, but you know whether the 11 and 10-year old will heed her judgment and behave.
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