We've had three of them.
One dude likes Pokemon and running track...another guy is a well-known soccer player...and the third kid works as a camp counselor.
They play video games, run around the yard and eat pizza like nobody's business.
And, my sons love them.
Quite simply, they rock.
Growing up, I babysat like a fiend...but, I don't recall many male counterparts. As the mom of two boys, I am so grateful that young men are stepping into this role...as pals, playmates and role models.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who has noticed this trend. This recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, titled "More Teenage Boys Get Jobs as Baby Sitters, Find Parents are Fans", asserts that young men who "couldn't care less about old notions of gender roles—are discovering an enjoyable alternative to mowing lawns for extra cash."
According to the article:
The American Red Cross says it has noticed an uptick in the number of boys taking its baby-sitting classes, which are held in more than 2,000 U.S. classrooms. This year, 9.3% of its enrolled students are boys, up from 8.7% in the year ended June 2013. The number could approach 11% after the summer busy season, the organization says.
When our cool, older helpers arrive, there are "high 5s" all around. And, when we return home, toy swords litter the ground, along with Pikachu cards, Lego Luke Skywalkers and baseballs.
The boys are now 8 and 10...so, I probably shouldn't even call these teens "babysitters".
They're responsible companions...mentors...good friends.
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