Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by Getson, Jan 17, 2009.
When you're the father of the child, you aren't a babysitter.
It bugs me too.
The politically correct term is offpsring watching.
and people got all cranky when i sat on the baby.
Same goes for young parents.
However I have learned, after a talk with my grandmother, that some older people refer to it as babysitter anytime anyone is with a child. Even the parents.
You can learn everything you need to know about babysitting from this movie:
One of my biggest pet peeves.
I say it and as soon as it comes out of my mouth I want to kick myself in the face. I don't know why but it just comes out without thinking and so the past several years I try to think before I speak! :msnblush:
I always feel bad when I hear a wife saying that about her husband. It takes two and its his kid too.
You have every right to be mad haha
i keep meaning to start doing that but never get around to it.
I'm pretty sure I said this today.... lol. It's only because it's easier to say, "how's babysitting" than "how's it going looking after the kid". What can I say, I'm just lazy.
Well, in that case i'm a wonderful babysitter, drinking beer, watching hockey.
I've never heard an older person say this. Just practically-dead beat dads.
Annoys the shit out of me. Babysitting is a job. Spending time with your child is not. Fathers (and moms too) aren't just "watching" their kid when they're home alone with them!
I call it "mommy/daddy duty" or "parenting".
Anyone who gets offended by this is too easily offended.
Anyone who doesn't get offended by this either isn't a parent or probably falls in the "deadbeat parent" category.
Is a typical hairyass response.
Is a response by elgranto.
I like to point out the obvious.
way to generalize
I just don't understand why calling it babysitting is somehow degrading
I have always considered the term to refer to the monitoring of children, regardless of who their fucking parents are.
agreed, I dont think a parent should say "babysitting" but its a common term. I am not going to think less of someone for calling it that
So, it's OK for elgranto to generalize?
I'm with Getson, Shellie, and Tanya on this one - I hate it when someone refers to me spending time with my kids as babysitting. Babysitting is something I hire the 15 year old girl next door to do.
I dont "monitor" my kids - I spend time with them, educate them, play with them, and, in general, "raise" them. I'm not babysitting.
ba·by·sit Listen to the pronunciation of babysit
ba·by·sat Listen to the pronunciation of babysat \-ˌsat\ ; ba·by·sit·ting
back-formation from babysitter
intransitive verb: to care for children usually during a short absence of the parents ; broadly : to give care <babysit for a neighbor's pets>transitive verb: to babysit for ; broadly : mind , tend <babysit house plants> <police babysitting a witness>
— ba·by·sit·ter noun
I think Hairyass would argue that sea water tasted like chicken strips and dill pickle chips if I disagreed with him.
I do believe he will disagree with this statement.
Because it's typically referred to babysitting when the father is home with the child while the mother is gone out. It was never referred to as babysitting when I was home with the kids by myself. Do you consider yourself to be a parent or a fill in substitute for when the mother isn't home?
Exactly! To take the annoyance one step further, my brother-in-law always said he was babysitting and it was his own kid.
My wife calls it babysitting all the time.
You're 100% right. I am the only person in this thread who said they don't like being called a babysitter when spending time with their own kids. Therefore, I only have this opinion because you have a different opinion.
I am running home right now to get some chicken strips and dill pickle chips for a picnic at the seashore to disprove your theory.
My dad calls watching the puppy babysitting, should I kill him?
When she's home alone with the kids?