My daughter is a local Crown Heights high school girl. After school hours, she enjoys babysitting and making an income. Over the summer, she babysat just about every night.
Very often, even when she finished babysitting very late like midnight or later, the parents paid her, thanked her and said goodbye. She was left to walk home alone.
Often, she was too embarrassed to ask for a walk or ride home. Sometimes, when only one adult came home, she couldn’t even think of asking to be taken home.
I ask this of the parents that hire her:
My daughter was in your home keeping your children safe. She was your babysitter. Don’t you want to keep her safe as well? Doesn’t she deserve that?
Any time a babysitting job ends after 10:00 or 10:30 PM, please make sure to figure out a safe way for them to get home. They are high school girls. They may say, ‘it’s okay’ and they can go home alone, but it is not okay and they can’t go home alone.
One day your children will be grown and doing babysitting as well, you would not want them walking home alone late at night…