10 Frightening Tales Of Babysitting Gone Wrong

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Good help is hard to find. Good babysitters are even harder to find. Once you find a competent, reliable babysitter that charges an affordable rate, hang on tight and don’t let her (or him) go! You’ve been warned.

Many parents are reluctant to even hire a babysitter, and with good reason. We hear so many horror stories about secretly abusive nannies and negligent sitters that endanger the lives of kids.

I don’t know if this post will make you feel any better about the big, bad world because there are terrible sitters out there. But if you already have a good sitter in your rotation, you’re going to want to give her a raise after reading this.

Bad babysitters come in all shapes and sizes. Here are 10 frightening tales of babysitting gone wrong:

1. The Grumpy Babysitter


I would never hire a surly babysitter with a bad attitude. #sorrynotsorry

2. The Flaky Babysitter


Unreliable sitters always get a black mark in my book. Unfortunately, in this story, the flaky babysitter in question is the woman’s sister.

3. The Slacker Babysitter


Sleeping on the job? Um, NOPE.

4. The Horny Babysitter


This frisky babysitter did what most young sitters are tempted to do—but, COME ON. Get lucky on your own time.

5. The Secretive Babysitter


I heard you were supposed to wait until after the third trimester to tell your boss that you’re pregnant, but this is taking it a little far.

6. The “Bad” Babysitter


This bad, bad babysitter thinks she deserves punishment. This whole interaction is so creepy I don’t even know where to begin.

7. The Babysitter Thief


Babysitters are often accused of stealing or “misplacing” things since they work in a home all day long. Sucks when a dishonest sitter and her boyfriend ruin it for the rest of the good babysitters out there.

8. The Spanking Babysitter


This whole story makes my skin crawl. If a babysitter ever tried that with my kids, I’d be beyond livid.

9. The Authoritarian Babysitter


This is another truly disturbing story of a sitter that treated the kids like prisoners as soon as the parents were out the door.

10. The Dead Babysitter


I echo this parent’s sentiments completely. THANK GOD their elderly babysitter didn’t die on the job. I can’t even…

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  1. Sexy Robotic Arms Dealer

    March 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm


    I’m probably gonna get flamed for this… but no dude babysitter. I don’t care BLAH BLAH BLAH, but no dude babysitter!

    • Natasha B

      March 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Eh, not flamed, but we’ve had a few ‘dude’ babysitters. My brother a few times (in fact, he stayed with our oldest when we were having number 2), and my sister’s fiancé has watched all three a few times when her and I do lunch. I would totally hire the neighbors teenage son over their daughter,too, she’s high strung and mean.

    • Tea

      March 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Why? I babysat pretty extensively in college.

    • brebay

      March 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Eh, I’ll share the heat with you. It’s about risk management. Stats. I wouldn’t let my sons babysit either, too easy for a false accusation to fly. Not saying it’s right, but it is what it is.

    • AP

      March 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Agreed- my sister and I weren’t allowed to babysit as teens. My mom said she didn’t want to assume the liability of some parent who thinks their brat is Princess Perfect. (Our hometown had an excess of Speshul Snowflaykes.)

    • rebecca

      March 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      We have a teen boy babysitter. He’s great, runs, plays and visits games with my son and let’s my daughter put barrettes in his hair. We do the makes in our lives who we live and respect a disservice by assuming all men are predators. I want my children to have positive role models of both genders, to know that men and women can both be caretakers. Interview your sitters, listen to what your kids say about them, get references…for both men and women.

    • rebecca

      March 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Ugh…I meant plays video games with, not visits.

    • Liz

      March 18, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Completely agreeing with this. Not necessarily because I think that a guy is going to pull stuff that a woman wouldn’t. I was sexually assaulted by the male friend of the male babysitter while I was being watched by him when I was about six. I don’t even have children yet, but the idea of leaving one with a male babysitter makes me feel physically ill.

      That said, I don’t think it’s something where a guy shouldn’t be hired on principle. I think that’s horribly sexist and wrong. I know that for me I just couldn’t do it because of my own personal experiences, but I also think that if a person has a great babysitter that they trust, it shouldn’t really matter if they’re a guy or a girl.

    • C.J.

      March 19, 2014 at 12:31 am

      I always said I would never have a boy babysitter. My cousin had a bad experience with a boy babysitter. I ended up with a boy babysitter. All the teenage girls that live near me are not very responsible. My friend’s son ended up babysitting for us and my kids loved him. He would show up at the door with board games, always kept everything clean and never brought his cell phone. My kid’s told me he would tell them when to go to bed and tell them if they needed something to come out and ask him, he wouldn’t go in their rooms. He has a little sister the same age as my older daughter and was taught to respect her privacy. He would play with the dog after the kids went to bed and we would come home and find him curled up with the dog every time. I figure if my 100lb super protective boxer loves him that much then he is safe with my kids. I totally get where you are coming from, it just didn’t work out that way for me.

  2. Kay_Sue

    March 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I have to admit that I have some sympathy for #3 (what is it with that number today?).

    She’s 70 years old, caring for a house after a family and helping with two toddlers. That has to be exhausting. Doesn’t justify sleeping on the job, and she should be realistic with the family, but I feel sympathetic.

    • JLH1986

      March 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I was thinking something along the lines of if she suddenly isn’t able to keep up then perhaps they should call it a day and encourage her to see a dr. My grandfather is 80 and much like her suddenly slowed down. He ended up having diabetes and his naps were when he passed out!

    • Kay_Sue

      March 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Very good point.

    • pixie

      March 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Yeah it can’t be easy, that’s for sure.

      Though I do think that maybe they should encourage her to see a doctor in case there isn’t an underlying medical problem.

    • Kay_Sue

      March 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      I agree.

    • Katherine Handcock

      March 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      My first thought with #3 was “If this 70-year-old was awesome originally, shouldn’t your first thought be that there might be a medical situation going on?” I’d suspect she is on a new medication that’s making her drowsy, or that she’s got an undiagnosed health issue (like the other commenter mentioned.) It’s possible that this women isn’t aware of what’s happening – or, worse, she can’t afford to stop working.

      No sympathy for people who are outright rude, or neglectful, or abusive. But if someone’s been a terrific babysitter and suddenly is behaving in a way that’s out of keeping, it seems very unfeeling to me to assume they’re being a slacker.

  3. Lee

    March 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    When I was about 10 I went to a home daycare that hired a teenager to come help with the older kids in the summer. One day she was saying how ugly kids grow up to be good looking and cute kids grow up to be ugly. The she said to one girl “You are really pretty now so when you are a teenager you will probably be really ugly”. Then she looked at me and said “You are going to be beautiful when you grow up, sorry about now.” 20 years later and it still sticks with me.

    • Bethany Ramos

      March 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      That is SO MEAN. I have memories of our church lady babysitter saying the most ridiculous stuff to us when we were younger, when she watched us when my mom got remarried and went on her honeymoon. She told my very little brother that his thumb would turn black and fall off if he kept sucking it, and he was so scared.

    • Lee

      March 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      People are such jerks.

  4. j

    March 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Does anyone else think #8 is one of those bad teen facebook fan pages that post horrible porn on normal facebook pages?

  5. jane

    March 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    These women should go meet up with the men from the My Little Pony article who think it’s ok to bully kids. They should then be shipped off to an island someplace and sterilized.

  6. Tea

    March 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Did anyone get smacked in the head with a red flag by number 6?

    • Bethany Ramos

      March 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      That one was so fucking creepy.

    • Tea

      March 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Eh, I wouldn’t say creepy, to me it reads more as a sign of past abuse, and that would have been a big warning for me if this was a teenager.

    • Bethany Ramos

      March 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      I guess I pictured her older, which was why I read creepy. Teenager paints a much sadder picture.

    • brebay

      March 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Number six sounds made up to me, some creepy dude fishing for a response. Guy, there are sites for that, get off the mommy boards!

    • Bethany Ramos

      March 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm


    • jendra_berri

      March 18, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Yeah, I thought older too. If she was a teen, then UGH! Call someone.

    • AP

      March 18, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      I’m thinking undocumented immigrant. The insane number of stories of undocumented immigrants being used as near-slaves is horrifying.

    • Rachel Sea

      March 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Sounds like someone who has either been abused, trafficked, or has some serious boundary issues when it comes to her kinks.

    • jendra_berri

      March 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Sounds to me like she was looking for participants to act out her sexual fantasies. We tend to roll our eyes and go “ew” when men do this, but assume past abuse when women do it. But my guess is she’s just a kinky woman who’s willing to take the chance people will think she’s creepy if it might get her what she wants. Some people are just inappropriate because they’re inappropriate.

    • Paul White

      March 19, 2014 at 12:43 am

      what’s the age? I just assumed she was younger, but if she’s an adult then yes, it’s entirely possible she’s just inappropriate.

    • Tea

      March 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

      No, I tend to assume abuse for younger men as well. Take it from a guy who knows his whips.

      But, being inappropriate is very possible, I was just sharing what first sprang to mind. I did/thought stuff like that almost up through college because I couldn’t fathom making a mistake without being physically harmed to earn my forgiveness. It hit a bit close to home, and not in the dungeon way.

    • Paul White

      March 19, 2014 at 12:42 am

      I want to call CPS now….

  7. itpainsme2say

    March 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I loved my babysitter and still do because I spent more time with her than with my own mom. When I was little I hated her because she gave us whoppings but I get now why she would punish us. Before anyone gets cray she wouldn’t go all black and blue and she would never hit our faces thats crazy. She also wouldn’t let us flush the toilet unless we went #2 because our town water bills were outrageous. She was great tough she had a very Montessori approach to play time and potty trained us and taught us to tie our shoes. She also had a great approach to food which I thank her for so not all babysitters are bad.

    • brebay

      March 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Montessori and hitting are pretty opposite.

    • itpainsme2say

      March 19, 2014 at 1:35 am

      Ya I know thats why after the word Montessori it says “to play time”and all the stuff about hitting was a sentence before I even mentioned the M word.

  8. kris

    March 18, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I went to a home daycare when I was about 5 and the woman locked me in the closet, and at meals told me I was too fat. If there were pancakes, she served them with butter and jam and syrup to everyone else, but made me eat them plain, and while everyone else got whatever she was serving for lunch, I always got a plain sandwich. My mom was in shock when she found out. I think it is one reason I have always panicked about putting my kids in with a sitter.

    • Bethany Ramos

      March 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      That is horrible!!

    • kris

      March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      It definitely traumatized me. When my ex husband left me and my son homeless in a new town, I was so afraid to get him a sitter. When I finally got an apartment, I had only a little box of toys, one chair, the tv, and that was it. It was all I had in my car when he left. I put myself out as a home daycare, and ended up with one very desperate mom who used me, and I was an awesome home daycare. A few months later I got all my stuff out of the storage unit it was in, and the kids begged their mom to make me their full time sitter. I kept this up for a couple of years, and then went back to work, when I had a friend I trusted enough to take care of my son. When I had my daughter, I went back to school over the internet so I didn’t have to send her to daycare. Now that they are both in school, I am looking for work again.

    • Bethany Ramos

      March 18, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      That makes total sense – and good luck on everything!

  9. brebay

    March 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    seriously, I think some of these came from fetish sites, not legit babysitting boards…

  10. brebay

    March 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    If these men are so hetero, why to they hate pussy so much that it’s the worst insult they can think of? Hmmmm

  11. Poppins jr.

    March 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I just want to take a minuete, not so much to defend the babysitters from above, but to maybe give a few tips and insights in to what it’s like as a caretaker. I’ve been nannying/tutoring since my freshman year of college, I also work with at -risk youth and as an after school counselor. My certifications go beyond just your regular CPR and first aid, which brings me to my first point; many times we do not get payed enough. Most caretakers do make more than minimum wage, however we do sometimes encounter families that can only pay a certain amount a week, let’s say for example $10 for two kids, keeping that in mind I think parents have a hard time remembering that babysitting is by no means a solid job, so $10x5hrs a week, for a date night is only $50, now let’s say we’re lucky and we are able to book 30hrs a week (many times with multiple families) it still only comes out to $300 a week, and for myself, I live in Hawaii, and that is no where near enough to cover my expenses, but I continue to do the work because I love it. So not only are we being paid to take care of your children’s LIVES, which is a big responsibility on its own, we are sometimes made to be felt like second class citizens while doing it, made clear by the above quote about how hard it is to find good “help” these days. The examples of babysitters from above are by no means the majority. When we work with families, and I know I’m not just speaking about myself, we take care of yours like our own, we respect your house and your belongings, and most importantly we show love and care for the most important people in your life. So keep that in mind when you are considering what is a fair price for a sitter or nanny. What would you pay someone to be exactly like you with your kids? Another point I would like to make is that sitters are not the only ones who flake our here parents. Many, MANY, times it is the parents who change their plans about needing a sitter or nanny that week, which leaves us scrambling, most times last minuet, because we can no longer rely on that income. So I would like to think it goes both ways. As for the sitters that quit for “no reason” I promise you there is always a reason. Some sitters may not communicate it-which is extremely disrespectful and juvenile in my book, but whether it is not enough, hours, pay, respect, or your child may or may not have 666 imprinted on their foreheads, would you ever quit your job out of the blue? Of course not, neither would we. So, that leaves me with some final tips.
    1. Be clear about what you expect from your sitter, and be thorough, everything from what chores you expect to be done, to what the kids should be doing while your gone, to even if they are allowed to help themselves to some food in the fridge. I personally come up with a contract with every family that I work with long term, this insures that you are both protected in the relationship.
    2. Remember that a babysitter or nanny should be treated like an extension of your family, not just an employee.
    3. But sometimes it’s as simple as you get what you pay for.
    4. Have faith! Some of us really love our jobs, and are looking for a loving family to help, as much as you are looking for a loving caretaker.

  12. C.J.

    March 19, 2014 at 12:39 am

    When I was a kid we usually had my mother’s one cousin babysit us. She would bring her boyfriend and had so much fun playing. Her boyfriend would go to the store and get candy, chips and pop. All the stuff we weren’t supposed to eat. We would get pizza and stay up late. I have some great memories with them. Once in a while when she couldn’t babysit her sister would come instead, she was horrible. She was either mean to us or ignored us. She put us to bed early so she could have sex with her boyfriend on the couch. I needed to go to the washroom one night and came out of my room and saw them. Luckily she only babysat us a few times before I was old enough to babysit.

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