First of all, yes, I was babysitting from the time I was 12 BUT was I a good babysitter at 12; that would be a resounding NO! Do I understand the difference between the serious responsibility I’ve been given when babysitting now; unequivocally YES!
One thing you MUST remember is just because you pay more than the going rate doesn’t ALWAYS equate getting a better babysitter. Your kids are important but you shouldn’t over value or under value the job of babysitter.
Never ever go against your gut feeling no matter what.