You’ve got to give it up for babysitters. Dealing with other people’s kids is a tricky trade especially when you’re 15 and dealing with someone else’s snot-nosed brats. There’s also the whole “being in a stranger’s home and taking care of their things” thing. But with that, comes one of the perks of the biz — getting to see how other people live. There are bound to be secrets revealed and we all want to hear about some juicy gossip.
Redditor, u/NuclearSquid74 did the work for us and asked the babysitter’s of Reddit: “What seemingly normal parents had dark secrets?” And the responses do not disappoint.
“I was babysitting once and the kids were wrestling in the living room. All of a sudden the smell of dank filled the room. I hear the kids stop and say “what is that?”. One of them had knocked over a big tin can on a shelf and the parents weed stash spilled everywhere. I sent the kids away and cleaned it all up for them and put it back.” –Neopetwashout
“I baby sat a lot when I was 13-15. At the time I lived in a small town. I was a very popular baby sitter as I also worked at the daycare centre. Often I would have kids from two or three different families at once. I didn’t care I got triple the pay for having three different groups of kids. I was recently told why I always had groups of kids like that. Turns out the small town had a swingers club and I was the go to baby sitter for their different groups.” –MissPiggyK
“I used to babysit when i was around 13-14 ish. my neighbors and 3 kids. As they were eating the 7 yr old asked for a toy, she said it was in her parents dresser. I went into the parents room and found the dresser. I opened the first one and all I see are stacks of cash.. okay. weird, but not my business. I went back out to ask the girl what dresser drawer it was in. She goes over and literally points at the second drawer and said “oh don’t open that one, it has bags of sugar in it. That’s what i hear mommy say”. I was like oh.. okay then.. she grabs her toy from the 4th drawer and runs off. I did take a peak in the drawer and sure enough, under the socks were bags of cocaine.” –itchinandburning
“One day, we had a half day at school, and I think the mom forgot, because when we walked into the apartment, I heard one of the doors shut. At the time, we thought it was an intruder, so I grabbed the 5-year-old’s baseball bat, told them to stay in the room, and I’d do some investigating. I opened the bathroom door, and there was the mom, half naked, with a guy that wasn’t her husband. She gave me all the money in her wallet and her business card (she was a photographer) and told me to never speak of it again. ” –throwawayyyyyyyyy126
“I babysat for the best kids, best temperament and had great manners, both 3 and 5. Their mom is kind and I have no qualms with her, but I decided to snoop cause I was 15 and bored. I found her bathroom COVERED in weed and weed products as well as a giant vibrator in her drawer. No judging from me, I was just insanely surprised. She had the two biggest bongs I’ve ever seen.” –bennettvictoriarose
“When I was 13-14-ish, I used to babysit two kids while their parents went to Amway functions. One night, for whatever reason, I looked behind the couch and saw a bunch of magazines. I collected them, thinking they’d been dropped behind there by accident by the kids I babysat. It was a HUGE stash of Penhouse and Playboy magazines and I had to quickly re-hide them before the kids saw them.” –wikkibird
“I was babysitting for my neighbors, & they were super nice people, two kids, very pottery barn people. They would always come home late, with no cash to pay me, but they’d come by my house literally the next day with the cash. Once before they left, when they were in the other room saying goodbye to the kids, I went to move the wife’s purse and saw a really big roll of singles. I brushed it off, but then another time their daughter had an allergic reaction & I texted them a SOS. When I got a call back, I picked up & heard club music. It was a couple sittings after that, when I left through the back door and saw the husband in the garage, shaking glitter off their clothes, that I realized they were probably going to a strip club.” –aintnogreatloss
“I nannied for a wealthy couple (she was a surgeon, he was an architect), and the husband had a study in the house that the wife joked about never being allowed in. Now, I’m a nosy fucker, and I was curious about why you wouldn’t let someone in a study, esp since it looked like a fairly normal room… So one day I just roamed around in there. I didn’t really find anything, and I was kinda disappointed, but then I grabbed a book off one of the shelves. The thing had money pressed between it’s pages – about $500, if I had to guess. Picked up another book, found the same thing. I think I checked like ten different books, and every single one had money hidden in it.” –UsedToBeOnFire
“I was babysitting at my neighbor’s house, they were a young couple (early 30s) with two kids aged 5 and 8. I was sixteen at the time and the first questions they asked me was if I had a boyfriend and if I was a virgin, because they didn’t want me seeing boys while babysitting. After a while the dad started messaging me online, first just asking innocent questions, but after a while they became more sexual in nature. I told him I didn’t feel comfortable with that so he stopped. They broke up a while later and the mom started throwing wild parties at their home. I randomly walked by with a friend of mine once and she invited us in and gave us a beer. Me and my friend felt pretty cool, here we were at a grown up party, having beers, until the mom came up to us to offer us some cocaine. ” –Ch4rly0
“One family I babysat for was super big in the art world, super successful, had multiple homes/mansions/fancy cars, but the kids were weird. Specifically the older girl (who was about 8) showed me a jar of baby mice that she had cut out of a pregnant mouse’s stomach suspended in formaldehyde sitting on the window sill in the kitchen. Something about that just did not sit right, and that was the last time I babysat for them.” –kidfromdc