Think of a babysitter…I’m guessing you just pictured a female. Probably young, a student, and definitely female. Am I right?
In our society we’re much more likely to trust and hire women to look after our children than men.
Recently Redditor Thecoolkid15 posted a new thread describing a conversation with her close friend in which she stated she was considering hiring a male babysitter. Her friend told her not to.
Thecoolkid15 is a parent of three; she has two girls and one boy. All of her kids are under five years of age. Because of her work, she has been looking for a babysitter.
While the working mum found multiple potentials, there was really only one applicant that caught her attention. a 19 year old male. He had worked with children before and had many references to back up his credentials. There was also a female potential, but she had less experience with kids.
"In my mind the decision was obvious,"Thecoolkid15 wrote.
When the Reddit user was speaking to a close friend about how she'd narrowed her babysitter search down to two people - one being male - her friend was shocked.
"She asked me how I could even consider hiring a man to babysit my children," the mother wrote. "In her mind, simply because he was a male, he shouldn't be allowed near kids. This bothered me deeply."
The woman's friends pestered her friend, making sure she'd done background checks on him.
"I told her I had, but retorted that if both applicants were female, would she be asking me all of these things," the mum wrote.