Dear Hope: Full Time Babysitter

Dear Hope,baby sitting
I got a D on my homework and it’s all because of my parents. They keep asking me to babysit my 3 year old brother. They go out to dinner all the time and I’m the one stuck babysitting. I love him, but he is crazy. He gets into everything. When they go out on school nights I can never get my homework done. I have to keep chasing him around. My parents don’t even ask they just announce they are going out. Its so frustrating!! What should I do?
– FullTimeBabysitter

Dear FullTimeBabysitter,

Having to chase your little brother around on school nights does sound crazy. There is no way to stop your parents from expecting you to babysit, but you should talk to them about it. Maybe you can come to a compromise. They know what it’s like to take care of a 3-year-old. Explain that it’s especially hard on school nights. Ask them if they could give you a heads up. A little notice before they need you to babysit. That way you can get some work done ahead of time. Maybe they can limit the amount of school nights. Another idea is you could invite a friend over to help. Take turns doing homework and playing with your brother.

You parents may not even realize how it is affecting you. Take some time to talk to them. They don’t want your grades to slip either. If you sit down and discuss it, you can come up with a plan that works for everyone.

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

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