PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The American Red Cross has always offered a course in babysitting, and a majority of their students have been female.
But so far this year 9.3 percent of their enrolled students are males and they expect that number to increase to 11 percent as they approach the summer.
KDKA Radio Host Mike Pintek decided to start asking the parents in the office if they would rather a male babysitter, or a female.
Our news director said that he would use a male babysitter, but since women mature faster than men, the babysitter would have to be older.
KDKA Account Executive Carrie Lynn Theiss and STAR 100.7-Y-108 Account Executive Denise Suba were kind enough to join Mike Pintek live to talk about their thoughts on this up-and-coming job for men.
Suba says she is actually having a family friend’s son babysit her two boys this summer. The boys are ages 8- and 10-years-old.
Out of necessity she admits that she needed to find a babysitter to take care of the kids because her and her husband both work.
“This will be different. But I guess our philosophy is we used somebody last year and it was somebody we don’t typically use, and I feel like the boys were a little bit bored,” said Suba. “And the only reason we are using the person we’re using is I know, I work with, his mother. And I’ve known him for years and he’s heavy into lacrosse, which my boys are in to.”