Tell us your babysitting tales
By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 4, 2002
Babysitting is hard work. You have to be responsible, and able to think on your feet -- like when a kid stuffs Cheerios up his nose, or eats her cocker spaniel's food.
One 15-year-old Pinellas County girl faced a much scarier babysitting challenge recently: Sheriff's deputies, responding to a house alarm call at the home where she was sitting for a 3-year-old and an 11-month-old, mistook her for a burglary suspect, drew guns and ordered her to the ground, where she was handcuffed.
Amanda Savas, a freshman honors student at Countryside High School in Clearwater, understandably was shaken by the experience but said she would return to babysitting.
Would you, after something like that?
We'd like to hear your babysitting tales for a possible Xpress story. Have you had any harrowing experiences? Have any of your charges been such handfuls that you've hung up your sitter's hat for good? Tell us why you like, or don't like, to babysit. What makes you most comfortable, and safe, when you are sitting? What advice do you have for the parents who hire you? How well does it pay?
Please send your stories via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (put Babysitting Tales in the subject line); regular mail to Babysitting Tales, c/o Gretchen Letterman, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 Please include your name, age, grade, school, city you live in and phone number, in case we need to talk with you.
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