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Baby-Sitting Savvy

Is your child old enough to baby-sit? A mature 12- or 13-year-old can safely baby-sit elementary-school-age siblings for a few hours during the day, says Paula R. Danziger, Ph.D., professor of counselor education at William Patterson University. But an adolescent should be at least 15 before being left alone with siblings for an entire evening, she says.

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