Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Misadventures in Babysitting


I'll bet you're wondering what kind of weirdo would have wanted me to babysit their kids when I was a teenager. You've all heard a bit of how I was like as a teenager. My answer to that is, people who were out of options!
I was never the first called. Like I've said before, I grew up Mormon. In the close knit Mormon community, there are usually plenty of teenagers willing to watch people's kids, but sometimes, like church dance night, there just aren't. And I was the kid who was most likely to find your hidden porn collection. (Yes, every once in a while, Mormons might have a hidden porn collection. It's not looked highly upon, but if you're happily married no one really gives much of a *darn*--remember: Mormon)
Now, while most girls were playing with dolls, and dreaming about being moms wearing aprons and high heels whilst vacuuming, I was making my GI Joes have what I thought might be sex with my My Little Ponies. So you could say I was a little less than a maternal type teenager.
Now, putting kids to bed, I now realize, is hard for even seasoned adults to accomplish. Why in the world would you entrust such a duty to a 14 year old girl? A 14 year old girl with such a "creative" take on life, for that matter. If I ever leave my kids with a teenager, I think it's going to be a late night movie and pizza session. I'm having a night off, why can't they?
Anyways, so after asking, then telling, then cajoling and reasoning and everything my 14 year old brain could think up.... I um... then told this little 3-4 year old girl that after 10 o' clock at night, nasty monsters came out and ate all the little kids who weren't sleeping. I then turned out the light and left the room.
Needless to say, I wasn't invited to babysit for them anymore. Actually, I think I didn't babysit again until I was a parent myself.
I don't remember if word got around, or I was just so embarrassed (I was actually questioned about what I had told her) that I stopped babysitting. It all amounts to the same.
Oh, and don't tell your kids that monsters will eat them if they don't go to sleep by a certain time... it doesn't work.

11 Comments:

At October 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM , OpenID ournextchapters.com said...

Dude... desperate times, call for desperate measures... that's all I'm saying! LOL

 
At October 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM , Blogger Heather said...

I probably would have tried it too! Anything to get those youngins to bed! Teenager with an active imagination= scaring children into submission! LOL!

 
At October 14, 2010 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Jackie said...

I LOVE that picture!! The baby doesn't look a bit bothered by it!

You were young... and ya gotta do whatever works, right!

 
At October 14, 2010 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Liz said...

OMG! I would have been SOOOOO not happy with you if you were my sitter!

 
At October 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM , OpenID pegbur7 said...

That is hilarious. My friend used to tell her kids giant cockroaches were going to get them if they got out of their beds!

 
At October 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM , Anonymous Funkidivagirl said...

I agree with you...I won't leave my kids alone with a 14 year old babysitter either...I know what I was like at that age!

 
At October 15, 2010 at 6:18 AM , Anonymous Eve@BeautifulSpitUp said...

Yeah I agree...what the h*ll are people thinking asking a 14 year old to babysit?? I babysat when I was 14 and had no clue what I was doing! Thankfully I only take care of my ONE baby now!

 
At October 15, 2010 at 6:21 AM , Blogger M.Jay. said...

I looove this post... I mean what do you tell a kid after you have exhausted all avenues. I probably would have done the same thing. Makes me think, no one ever asked me to baby sit...lol
Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

 
At October 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Heidi ★ said...

OMG that picture is freakin AWESOME! I wish I would have thought of that when my daughter was younger... lol! =)

 
At October 15, 2010 at 5:09 PM , Blogger Mandi Miller said...

That picture is hilarious!!! Hahahaha!!!

 
At January 17, 2017 at 4:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn I wish I could have baby sat with you at 14 then I could have got you in bed, mmmmmmmmmmm 3 14 year old holes to fill

 

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