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I hate kids. Ok, that is a strong sentiment, I dislike kids... a lot. I babysat one time in my life and that was more than enough.

The only other times I babysat was when I was forced by my mother to watch after my brother which was never fun. Sorry, bro.

I also just can't handle the responsibility of keeping someone's kid breathing. I kill plants.

And I know what I was like as a kid to keep an eye on, so I speak from experience.

Redditor u/oh_the_struggle wanted to chat with people who have a struggle or two watching over others by asking:

Babysitters, what's the most unsettling thing that's happened while you were babysitting?

I lost track of the amount of times I wondered off. My bestie and I once decided to build a fort in his backyard when we were suppose to be hanging out front. We neglected to tell anyone, cut to two hours later and the whole neighborhood is scouring the block for us. Needless to say getting punished was an understatement. I'll never forget the look of horror and relief on my babysitter's face. Sorry Janeen.


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"A family from church asked my mom if I could babysit for them, so I had to."

"Soon after the parents left, sitting in their living room watching cartoons with both the kids, a boy and a girl, the little girl asked for some kind of elaborate snack or something and I chuckled and said "no sorry."

"No expression on her face, the little girl stood up, crossed the living room to a crate that their large dog was locked in, released it, and told it to go after me, which it did. I remember that evil little kid cackling while this huge dog chased me in circles around the house. And that was the end of my babysitting career."

- Badddger


"My sister was babysitting and I got a screaming panicked call from her. She was putting one child down for the night (a girl around 3, I think), and the little boy (around 6) stopped playing, grabbed a chair, unlocked the front door, and left the apartment. She was distraught. I told her to call 911 and I'd come help her with the toddler. When I got there, the police were talking to her and wrapping up."

"Thankfully, even though it was dark, two older women had been out for a walk and found him wandering down the sidewalk of one of the busiest roads in town!The weirdest thing is that the parents were completely unfazed. They apologized for NOT TELLING HER HE HAD DONE IT BEFORE and wanted her to babysit again. My sister never babysat again."

- iaperson2015

The Filthy Guy

"When I was in high school I used to baby sit for a family that had a glass door off their kitchen and when ever I'd get something out of the fridge for the kids I'd think to myself how scary it would be if someone was just standing there looking in."

"One night it was storming really bad and I went to get one of the kids a glass of milk and lighting flashed and a filthy man I'd never seen was standing there framed in the glass door staring in. I screamed and yelled for the kids to go hide. Of course they didn't listen and ran into the kitchen."

"Turns out it was their uncle stopping by to drop off something he had borrowed. He worked construction and had gotten quite muddy and was just going to leave what ever it was by the door which is when I saw him. So it ended up being a case of nothing, but the terror I felt when the lightning lit him up was pretty intense."

- wiggysbelleza

Bad Dad

"The estranged husband showed up, drunk, demanding to see his kids. Tried to break into the house. I called the wife and the police. Never babysat for them again, even though the wife was very nice - just too traumatizing for all. The husband moved away I believe. Wife is remarried and much happier."

- misseslp26

Too Thin

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"So I used to babysit for the lady who lived next door to me a few years back."

"Her children's room was the bedroom that shared a wall with me. While putting the kids to bed I heard someone moving around my bedroom (the walls were stupidly thin). One of the children told me that they hear the noise a lot. My parents weren't home. I didn't want to go home."

- Marynotpoppins

See, this is why I started a neighborhood dog walking business instead of watching kids. Kids are a mess. And their parents aren't much better.

Shots in the Fall

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"1978, fall (October?), Wyo. I was watching my Spanish teacher's kids when I heard a gunshot."

"It actually went through a small shared section of the wall. Scared the crap out of me! I knew a cop, called his house and he came over. Turns out the neighbors were cleaning their hunting rifles… drunk."

- NVCricket97

Damn Cousins

"Babysitting" my cousins when I was like ~10 and the three of them were less than 5. Babysitting is in quotes because their mom was home but I was in charge of them in the bedroom. She was in the living room with my oldest cousin. I was playing with one of them when the youngest, about 2, started coughing, holding his neck."

"I clearly remember just standing there for 5 seconds, stone cold completely bewildered. I had NO idea what to do. I just froze. Luckily my oldest cousin somehow heard the baby choking and he rushed in. He grabbed the baby and pulled a barbie shoe out of his mouth, while I still stood there, shocked."

"I got an earful from my aunt and mom for nearly letting the baby die. I'll never forget it. I wasn't afraid, I wasn't scared, I didn't feel anything. Just froze. Let this be a lesson to never let 10 year olds watch babies. They're just not equipped to deal with disaster... or at least I wasn't."

- mdizzle106

Poor Bub!!

"At 8 or 9 I was put in charge of my infant brother for some reason. Got distracted by my lipsmackers collection, and the little booger climbed up the bunk bed (I didn't even know he could do that!), he fell onto the side of a wooden toy box and broke his leg."

"My mom insisted it wasn't broken even though he wouldn't stand, because he barely cried. Poor bub got a big banana yellow cast while I sobbed hysterically, I STILL feel bad about it. He would turn out to just be the injury prone brother. I don't know why that never tipped them off it's a bad idea to put children in charge of children."

- Fimmy


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"Nothing spooky, just generally unsettling. Their first baby died of SIDS so I basically sat in silence listening to the baby monitor the whole night, worried in case something happened."

- goblin__king

It takes a special kind of heart to look after kids. I don't have it. And kids today need better rearing. So I'm stick with fur babies. I need a Xanax after this thread.

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