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4. Off duty

Who’s babysitting for tonight’s toga and tequila party? Leaving your children with a teenager who wants your home to herself? Can’t drink because you’re driving her home? Costs more than the night out? You have two options: stay in forever or read this chapter.

If you are able to root out a supply of babysitters, great. A few parents we know have used successive members of the same family and forged a close relationship between the two families.

Sadly this is rare. For most parents it’s a choice between arranging babysitting swaps with friends, meaning you can never go out with them, or trusting a teenager and never really relaxing on nights out.

(TROUBLE)-SHOOTING TEENAGE BABYSITTERS

You already know why teenagers babysit. ...

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