If there was a new reality show, it would surely be about babysitting. The journey starts before it begins: stressed-out parents are looking for a perfect nanny for their kid, not being able to trust anyone and making things even harder than they should be.

After finally finding the right one, things can turn sour every time, proving they didn’t win in the nanny lottery. But the lucky ones who find a good one have it forever. A babysitter becomes part of the family, accompanying them into adulthood when all there remains from childhood is an entangled blob of mostly good memories.

Every parent has a story about their babysitter and every babysitter has at least one in return. Or rather, thousands. Today, we take a look at some of the most entertaining, funny, wholesome, and sometimes sour babysitting experiences people will likely never forget.

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Lyyyy
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was looking for a squishmallows plushie for 6-year old, and one of the department store employees (~20&M) points at a pink unicorn one and proudly tells me that he uses one as his sofa pillow, and it is so soft. That moment I felt the world has become a greater place.

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EQXL
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you lie you better stick with it as long as you can.

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With so many nannies starting to babysit kids as early as high school and university, it’s no wonder that some parents may initially feel reluctant to trust them. And while getting to know your babysitter takes time, if you’re lucky, they will become part of your family you’d never want to part with.

So we reached out to Carly Glendinning, the editor of Absolutely Mama magazine, who shared some useful advice on finding a perfect babysitter/nanny for your child. “Whilst experience and good references are important, finding someone who you and your child get along with is my number one piece of advice,” she said.

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Nadine Debard
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my... As a parent I would have died a little bit inside and never recover...

Marciano Junior
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lol OMG , i have a similar story. I traveled with my husband and asked my friend to take care of my two dogs ... We spent a couple of days out and my friend was working from home using our Wi-Fi connection. My Wi-Fi connection is named after our dog (Sheldon) ... All of suddenly she sent "Sheldon is dead" Gosh, my husband looked at me almost crying We called her immediately

Bored Retsuko
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that was quite malicious, or at least very insensitive of your friend. She must've known that it's your dog's name and that you'll be shocked!

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Mary Mosher
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I had received that text, the next thing you would hear would be sirens from police cars and an ambulance! I'm afraid it's hard to find the humour in this one ...

Lisa Samuelson
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would go into a complete panic attack and probably not survive!! Our pets are our family!!

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ALDRIN SAVIO A.J.
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the s**t turned 100% real quick

Agent 8433599
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You gave the poor parents a heart attack!! That's horrible and funny at the same time!

Bobby
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh God I would have a heart attack

Id row
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would honestly never use that person again.

Blackstone
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same. I mean, I completely understand text fails, I have it happen on the regular, but that moment of panic would instantly create a negative association with that person babysitting. Not her fault really, but not something I could stand to repeat, just the same.

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Rannveig Ess
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This isn't "funny". Those poor parents!

Stephanie A Mutti
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine texting that the kid just died and being like,,, not worthy of a call. Also where are the brownies you said you left?

Jenný Samúelsdóttir Herlufsen
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not noticing and asking: "what should I do with it? Should I leave it on the counter and you deal with it when you get home?"

Mayrene Chester
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Babysitters should avoid the word "die" please unless it's literal

Megan
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

…so how exactly would you describe the dead monitor?

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A dragon within
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh god, that's awful. I would have been on that phone explaining asap!

Vicky
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OUCH! You blamed the autocorrect, right?

Chloe *Leah* Pheonix
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of that one time my mom told me to email a teacher so then I did that and texted her back "s**t her a message" when i tell you I was never more thankful to have a mom who's laid back

RJ
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hopefully they appreciated the humor in that.

Potterhead 0-0
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ima simple woman; I see Harry styles, I upvote

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Megan Curl
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yup. Same thing happened to me in a creepy little cabin on Cape Cod. My mom was furious. Didn’t get the $50 trouble bonus tho.

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According to Carly, it’s important to “make sure you spend time with them before you enter into an agreement, and watch how they interact and play with your little one. You’re likely to know instinctively if they are the right fit for your family.”

When it comes to a perfect babysitter, there are a handful of traits parents may want to be looking for in them. Carly said that someone who is reliable and you can trust is so important. “Energy and enthusiasm are also key. Creativity goes a long way when you are working with little ones, so find out about what kind of activities and play they will organize. A good sitter will be authoritative as well as being attentive and kind.”

“Trust is built up over time,” Carly said and added that “it’s always good to do your research – checking out references and speaking to a babysitter or nanny’s previous employer(s). Using a reputable agency is also important.”

The editor of Absolutely Mama also reminds parents to “make sure you discuss any rules or guidelines fully before you start working together to ensure everyone is on the same page.” She added that finally, parents just have to trust their gut, and if your little ones are old enough, ask them!

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a sibling, and thankfully if our parents went out we would just watch tv and eat dinner till our parents got home. Only thing is that once my brother made the tv volume at 50, and I have very sensitive hearing, so after I told him he was the biggest a*****e ever and he said to “dEaL wiTh iT” so I told him to deal with this and strangle- punched him. End of story

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Ember
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When my niece and nephew were young I’d let them have biscuits for breakfast and they’d tell their mum (giggling the whole time) that they had healthy toast and vegetables….lol

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"I didn't realize what my sister meant when she warned me that my niece is a "climber." After babysitting her and turning my back for a few minutes, now I know"

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WildHoneyPie
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Family story has it that my mom couldn't find my older sister when she was about two. She was looking in the kitchen when she heard a giggle and looked up. My sister had climbed to the top of the refrigerator! My mother never did figure out how she managed it.

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Fenchurch
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most of the rest of the world looks at America and says so?

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Lousha
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I was a nanny the 7 year old boy asked me what are those I have there, pointing to my boobs. I told her older girls have those, it's just how we're made. He told me that's not ture, his mom doesn't have them and she's a girl. It was very hard not to laugh. Indeed the women in his family were all slender, on the flat side, and dressed very modestly so with baggy tops a 7 year old didn't notice there was anything going on around their chest.

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Crazy Dog Lady
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Im a mom of 3-in no way is this acceptable behavior from children. I know you’re joking but if my children did this to anyone there’d be some serious soul searching on all of our parts. Not acceptable my friend.

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indiecognition
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kiddie Slickers. Starring Dr. Heidi Hughes, Billy Crystal, Marv from Home Alone, and 4 little boys.

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Karin L
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I suspect they have seen their own kid naked before.

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Jill Rhodry
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Babysitters should always have full access to fridge and pantry.

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WildHoneyPie
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Every kid knows the principal and teachers live at school

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Sydney-Kate
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Was it my uncle cause he do that same thing as a child 🤣

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"My cousin babysits a child who is not very fond of her. She found this letter in his room, he left it on his desk. (Her name is Valerie)"

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Pumpa
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Neither funny nor cute. The kid has some serious issues

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