Is it legal to beat babysitters? I kid ofcourse, or do I? *Background information* My wife and I are a 2 income house, we moved to texas because of a job I had gotten. We were originally living in Idaho. It has been difficult to sustain a baby sitter since moving here, becuase I work and my wife works. Well she won't be much longer, as she is in the last 2 months of pregnancy, and I wanted to look for a job that paid more, then what I was making to make up the loss of money, from here leaving. I actually don't mind this. She put in her two weeks notice, I was actually all set to leave my first job and start a new one. but my current employeer made me an offer that I really could not refuse. (queue Godfather). Given that my schedual would actually support this I am working both jobs while my wife complete her 2 week notice. *reason for thread* So we have been using every resource for a baby sitter we can find for our children, we have absolutely no family here so, for the most part I have relied on a fried I used to work with, and is in school full time to watch our kids. But with my schedule turning into an 80 hour work week, We needed more hours then our current babysitter could provide. So my wife found this 13 year old. To watch the kids for the remainder of her 2 week notice, and I actually thought it was working out well. I explained that the office is only permitable if the kids are naping, she can use the internet, but my collection is in that room, and the kids are not allowed to be in there, plus I have some replica swords and real swords on display, I don't want my kids to get hurt. I think I explained it rather clear and did not think twice about it. Durring the hard part of my week, I get up at 5 to be at work by 7 am till 4, and have a half hour to be at my next job at 4:30, work till 12:30, home by 1 or 1:20, get to sleep by 2:30 and go agian, for 4 days of the week. I woke up earlier this week to get ready for work and found one of my transformers on the floor in the living room. Missed it coming in the house. Picked it up, went into the office. I figure the 13 year old left the office door open and one of my boys got the toy. I forget to shut the door sometimes, it happens. But I started to look around the living room and in the office. Shelves of my transformers, starwars figs, ships and what not, and World of warcraft figs were in the toy box, broken, missing pieces and etc. I blew up, work my wife up and told her what I found. This all happened on the 13 year olds watch, we even started to find figures, I had boxed away in our bedroom closet out. Which means the kids got into our bedroom. My wife and I are really strict about the kids being in there, I have lost all my recent Animated figures due to breakage beyond repair, or loss of accessories, 2 rogue figures from WoW, several Jedi figs, jedi Star fighters and that is just the icing on the cake. I am supposed to pay this girl on saturday, but looking at the damage, I realistically lost about 4 or 5 hundred dollars on transformers mostly, that I can not replace as easily. This includes RiD, Gen 1 stuff and Armada/Cybertron figures. I have really been debating even giving her money at this point due to sheer principle of the loss sustained. I am going to speak with the parents of this girl on saturday, and explain why I am so upset, I know that they won't replace the loss, and may even defend their childs actions. That is fine, parents do that. I know it would be difficult if the tables were reversed I would offer to pay something to help replace stuff, though. But what do you guys think, given I know the condition of my stuff before going to work one day, and the next being ruined on this girls watch, should I really pay her anything? Advice would be great, If any parents have simular experiences please share. Or if you were a babysitter for hellish kids, let it out.