There are at least 3 big problems with the name ‘babysitter’:
One, it scares little children. My friend Zac is only 4 and when someone came to look after him who said they were a ‘babysitter’ he said ‘Do you really sit on babies?’ He was very worried to have someone looking after him who regularly sits on babies.
Two, it’s unaccurate. I am not a baby. I am eight, so why should looking after me be called babysitting? We are told at school to use the good describing words. As a word babysitting is rubbish.
Three, it’s embarrassing. Babies are cute, little and funny but they wear nappies and can’t do anything much. I am not like that – I am big and tough and good at football – I don’t want people to think I am a baby and wear nappies.
So we need a better word to replace ‘babysitting’. Looking after me is fun – I never give much hassle – I go to sleep when I am told, I am not a baby and I certainly don’t need sitting on.
So what do babysitters actually do? As far as I can see, they come round, hog the TV and eat all your best snacks (except for my favourite Matthew Graham who lets us play on the Wii for ages).
When I complained to someone who was looking after me about the name babysitting, she agreed with me. We thought it would be better described as ‘coming round to watch TV and do knitting’. The problem with that is that it’s a bit long and not all babysitters knit (Matthew Graham never knits).
I can think of some far better names to replace babysitting like child carer, night watcher or Snack Attacker. But I think the word babysitting should be banned for anyone over 2 years old – what about you?
And if you have any ideas about a new name, please leave a comment below.
Are you with me? We can change this!
Tom lives in south London and is in Year 3 at school. He loves Cub Scouts, his friends and Everton Football Club.