Survey: Parents Struggling to Find Trusted Babysitters

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Do you have a good babysitter? A new survey by the American Red Cross finds that parents are struggling to find babysitters and are willing to pay more for well-trained teens. If your teen is looking for part-time work in this down economy, that's good news.

The poll found that in the past two years, 55 percent of parents surveyed decided to stay home because they couldn't find a babysitter, and 30 percent of parents rejected a potential babysitter because of safety concerns. Parents want their babysitters be trained in first aid, CPR and childcare skills, and more than eight of out 10 parents said teenaged babysitters should be paid more if they have these skills.

What's the going rate for babysitting? According to the American Red Cross, about half of Americans rely on unpaid babysitters, and nearly a quarter pay between $6 and $10 an hour for someone to watch their children. Ten percent pay between $11 and $15 an hour; while 4 percent pay between $16 and $20 an hour.

So if your teen is interested in babysitting, suggest he or she take a CPR or first aid course. Either class could pay off financially. The Red Cross offers these training courses as well as a babysitting classes; visit redcross.org to learn more. Even if your teen doesn't want to babysit, learning lifesaving skills can only prepare him or her for emergencies that could arise anywhere, anytime.

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