32 Shocking Babysitting Fails -- and How to Avoid Them (PHOTOS)

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We’ve all heard the horror stories. The sitter that watched the entire season of Homeland instead of watching the kids. The one who crushed on the kids’ dad. The one who drank on duty. It could be enough to want to never hire a caregiver again. But without one, when do you get to actually get things done — or to have a night out without kids’ menus and crayons?

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For a few laughs, we’ve collected 32 of the craziest babysitter stories you ever heard. And it’s not just the sitters who were at fault. Some parents have made pretty ridiculous demands of their kids’ caregivers too!

But trust us, these extreme stories aren’t the norm — and you can totally avoid them happening to you. We’ve got advice for that too. Because you could use some time away from the kids. Read on.

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