Received Wednesday, November 19, 2008. - Perspective & Opinion
I'm a SAHM that has never had the opportunity to need childcare. Luckily so because I have no family nearby, or even close friends. I don't get out much except for child-related play and regular household errands, but I would love to go out once or twice with my Husband over the Holidays.
Here is my dilemma: Over the summer I met some of my neighbors and they seemed really nice. I've gotten to know the daughter of one family in particular pretty well because she just adores my son. She is super smart, goes to an upper echelon school, and when I talk to her I feel as if I'm speaking with one of my peers. She told me that if I ever needed her to take care of my son, she would love to do it, and when I see her engage my son I have no doubt that she is caring and responsible. So what's the problem? Well, she's 12-years-old. Never in my wildest dreams would I consider someone that young, but she seems so mature. She's more level-headed than most Adults I've met. But I'm really stuck on her age. Please tell me what you would do?