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Dazbrilliantwhites asks: You've had them and maybe even have been one. Or maybe you were once babysat by someone who is now a notorious serial killer. Tell us your stories.

(, Thu 28 Oct 2010, 12:15)
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Women's work...
I've always heard these stories about how babysitting is great because you can just put the kids to bed and raid their parents' fridge, watch their TV, shag your boyfriend in the shower, make 5 bucks an hour etc etc. That is a world as alien to me as Gallifrey!
When I was in my early teens, my mum's friends would come round to our house and I would be ordered to babysit their kids while they sat around drinking coffee and talking about house prices. I didn't even get asked nicely or thanked, let alone paid or rewarded, and I'd be in deep shit if I didn't babysit.
These brats would run around my family's house stealing random things and throwing tantrums if I told them stealing was wrong. There was one boy who, on top of stealing anything that wasn't nailed down, used to hit, bite and sexually molest me all the time (he got suspended from school two or three times by the age of 6 for molesting other kids!). This was more than just rough playing - he used to really hurt and upset me. Of course, I couldn't tell him off (mum would say, "it's rude to tell off a guest" and let him get away with stuff I would never have got away with) and if I tried to block his punches he would have one of his big tantrums because I'd spoiled his fun, and I'd get in trouble for making him cry. My dad saw this kid for the stupid brat he was and offered help and sympathy, but my mum always insisted that it was my job to babysit, not his, because "it's women's work and you're becoming a woman now."
The kid's family was slightly messed up at the time, since then they have sorted a lot of their issues out and his behaviour has improved dramatically, but even if you know someone is only young or is from a broken home or has a learning disability or whatever, and "can't help it," it still fucking hurts when they hurt you. Sorry for lack of funnies but just had to rant!
(, Tue 2 Nov 2010, 18:13, 3 replies)
Of a well-timed slap / kick / grope-of-bollocks not allowed then?
(, Tue 2 Nov 2010, 18:37, closed)
So many people forget
that disabilities don't just affect the disabled. For example, a Downs child bites another child and draws blood. The other child bites back, but not as hard and they are the ones who get into trouble, even though their arm is pissing blood and they now need stitches etc. Downs kid is sat down and told that their behaviour is wrong and bad, but no real punishment for what they did. I'd have tanned their hide, but was too busy trying to stop the blood... Took the kid to hospital with teatowels taped round his arm. Parents weren't too bothered till they heard who did the biting. Now there's hell to pay in the group and it's all fun and games again! :)
(, Tue 2 Nov 2010, 19:13, closed)
Your Mum was right.
It IS a woman's work. Now, run along and make my tea, there's a good girl.
(, Tue 2 Nov 2010, 19:26, closed)

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