Some people just aren't cut out for kids. And shockingly, some of these people have actually made a career (or at least a side gig) out of watching children! It's insane! As parents, of course we always want to provide our children with the absolute best care. But sometimes, we don't know any better!
It's happened to the best of us. We're in a bind and desperately need someone to watch our child. Be it because of a work commitment or a medical emergency, we simply can't watch our kids. So we call a babysitter (whose references we've checked!), and well, everything just goes to hell.
Check out these 9 babysitter horror stories that are actually true! You may never leave your child's side again!
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I caught the sitter watching porn.
I made the mistake of hiring a 13-year-old to watch my son when he was around 3. (She babysat for my neighbor all the time, I thought she was competent!) We were at a Seder when she called to complain that he wouldn’t stop crying and she didn’t know what to do. When we finally got home, we found some videos had gone missing. We checked the browser history and found she’d been online pretty much the entire time, and she was into some really weird, kinky stuff -- like Japanese anime porn! WTF! Oh -- and she walked out of the apartment with one of our phones and we had to call her mother to get it back!
The babysitter gave TMI.
My babysitter told the kids about the miscarriage she had. Um -- TMI!
No common sense.
My sitter put my daughter to bed without closing the blinds. When the sun rose first thing in the morning, guess what happened ...
My sitter judged me.
When I was getting my daughter ready for her monthly pediatrician appointment, the sitter looked at me and said: "I would never get my child vaccinated."
I was the clueless babysitter.
When I was younger, I babysat my neighbor. I just laid on the floor with horrible cramps the whole time while the kids played in the other room. The mom finally came upstairs and told me I could go home.
My sitter really screwed me.
My babysitter, who's been with me for over nine months and has showed up at the same time every day, showed up over two hours late, and said: "I wasn't sure what time I was supposed to come in." What?
My sitter questioned my parenting.
My daughter was going through a major separation anxiety phase, and whenever she saw me, she'd cry. Since I work from home sometimes, she caught a glimpse of me and lost it. Tugging at my feet, everything. So I picked her up and comforted her! The sitter snapped: "You better stop coddling her, or you're gonna create a real problem."
My sitter just ... didn't care.
I ran out to the grocery store, and when I came back, the sitter was chatting on the phone downstairs while my daughter cried in her crib upstairs. I asked her what was going on, and she said: "I thought she'd go back to sleep, but clearly she's not. Have a good weekend!" And she left.
My babysitter thought my home was a movie theater.
I found out that my babysitter watched the entire Homeland series ... when she was supposed to be watching my kid!
Have you ever had a nightmare babysitter?
May 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM
I've used a babysitter one time. Not fond of having a stranger watch my kids so I'm very thankful my mom lives close by now. Way too many horror stories out there about babysitters.
by AJ-47May 17, 2013 at 11:04 PMYes, and she's lucky I didn't call the cops. It was an absolute emergency and my Son was sick..otherwise she'd have never been alone with Him. Never again will I let anyone babysit unless it's family.
I remember one sitter we had when I was young (she didn't last long) used to leave us in the pool at her apartment complex while she went back to her apartment to do stuff or grab something...my brother and I were 5 and 7, respectively. She also took us to a cemetary once to visit her friend's grave while explaining he shot himself in the head. Oh, and Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" was her favorite song...I like it, too, but at 7 I probably shouldn't have been singing it...lol
And the ignoring the baby then walking out.
But yeah, I'm like where is the nightmare?
I agree most of the stories are just annoyances nothing crazy except maybe the 13 yo with porn.
The one about the blinds is just stupid.
You may not notice open blinds in the dark at night.
And not everyone closes them.
Says its from the stir. Maybe she will read this, since its cm. She sound like she'd still be too good to realize she's anal.
Wha wha wha. Really, bitching about blinds?
I don't close mine.
Maybe...gasp....you TELL her. There's a concept, lol.
The blinds one was obviously submitted by an anal and 'perfect' person.
We had one once that I just adored.... Until our bank called and said she was trying to cash checks they weren't sure of. Turned out she had been stealing cash, makeup and writing herself checks to give to her crack head boyfriend. I've never trusted anyone since:(
Our babysitter is great. She's only 13, but she does a fantastic job.
And I agree with PP about the blinds. It would be incredibly easy to miss that when you're not doing it every day. Next time close them before you leave or tell her specifically. it's hardly a big deal.