Lunch Break – Adventures in Babysitting 

On The Show: 

At what age will you let your oldest child babysit your other kids or start babysitting kids in the neighborhood? The Lunch Break hosts, Art Eddy and Jon Finkel share their opinions on this topic.


What some of our viewers said: 

Ben Phasey When he can cook, change a tyre and weld safely.

Shaylene Hamilton My son is 12 and got his babysitting license but I’m testing him in small spurts with my daughter (7) before I’ll let him babysit other kids. He is doing a fantastic job! Big brother hat comes off and he gets serious.

Sig MikulaMy oldest was about 11/12 when I left her alone with her sisters for an hour or two. 
All three of my kids got babysitting cents around 12/13. That’s when they were allowed to sit neighborhood kids.

Michael Rodriguez I started when I was twelve. I could cook and wash clothes and dishes. Knew dial 911. Of course that was in the seventies.

Kelly Clark our oldest son is now 14 and we have been letting him watch his older brother on his own for a quick grocery trip or something…

About The Lunch Break Hosts: 

Art Eddy is one of the co-founders of Life of Dad. He hosts and produces all of the Life of Dad podcasts as well as several Facebook Live Shows. He has been responsible for securing nearly two hundred guests for a variety of Life of Dad platforms, including dozens of A-List fathers throughout the pop culture, sports and business landscape. He is also an editor and featured blogger on Life of Dad and has grown with the brand since its inception. His background is in Radio and Journalism. Art has worked in radio in New York City, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

Jon Finkel’s books have been endorsed by everyone from Tony Dungy and Spike Lee, to Jerry Jones and Jeff Van Gundy. He is the author of The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented Life of Charlie Ward. He also wrote “Mean” Joe Greene: Built By Football with 4x Super Bowl Champion Joe Greene, Heart Over Height with 3x NBA Dunk Champion Nate Robinson and Forces of Character with 3x Super Bowl Champion and Fighter Pilot Chad Hennings. He also wrote the popular fatherhood fitness book, The Dadvantage. As a feature writer, he has written for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The New York Times, GQ, Details, Yahoo! Sports and many more. He is an avid speaker, writer and creative strategist for some of the biggest brands in sports and health. Visit:

Follow Art on Twitter at @ArtEddy3 and Jon on Twitter @Jon_Finkel