Eleven-year-old Ryan Broderick stood out from the other students at the Red Cross Babysitters Training class for several reasons. The most obvious being that he was the only boy in the class.
While traditionally viewed as a female’s job, babysitting is becoming more popular among males. The trend has caused the America Red Cross to update the class materials with more images of male babysitters. While older generations might be a bit surprised to see an 11-year-old boy interested in babysitting, not one of the kids in the class seemed nonplussed by his presence.
What made Ryan stand out more than his gender was the ease and enthusiasm he showed during the class. Ryan contributed often and meaningfully and when asked why he wanted to babysit he simply stated that he loves younger kids.
Ryan requested to take the class because there are a lot of young kids (ages 2 – 6) in his neighborhood. He is open to babysitting boys and girls but thinks families with young, athletic boys will be more likely to hire him. Ryan is involved in many sports in school, which is often a desired quality that causes parents to seek male babysitters.
Aside from getting to hang out with kids and show responsibility, Ryan and his classmates are looking forward to earning some extra cash. Nice work, Ryan!
Story and Photo by Kamryn McPike