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.