A woman has claimed online that she once mistakenly took her two-year-old charge on holiday for a week without telling his parents.
The babysitter said that the issue arose due to a communication failure.
TikTok creator, @seenasyouasked, explained that she was supposed to drop the little boy off at his mum’s house.
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But, she thought the parent had asked her if she could take him on holiday with her.
The woman described it as the “worst mistake of my life” which occurred in 1999, reports the Mirror.
The family were apparently her neighbours, but she didn’t have their phone number and, of course, mobile phones were not widely used at the time.
So, she brought the little one on holiday with her – and even sent postcards throughout telling his parents about all the fun they were having.
She explained: "I was 20 and newly married. I lived next door to a family with a toddler. He was two. I used to look after him and sometimes babysit for a couple of hours to help his mum out."
One day, the parent asked: "Could you look after my son and would you mind having him overnight because I'm going away for the evening?"
The babysitter replied: "Yeah, no problem, we know each other really well, that would be great. The problem is I'm actually going on holiday on Tuesday for a week."
But, the pair "did not communicate properly”.
She explained that the boys' mum thought she was meant to pick up the child before the babysitter went on holiday.
The woman noted in the video: "Monday comes along and she drops off this sweet little boy – he's really lovely, he stayed overnight.
"Early Tuesday morning, we all packed up the car, I popped him in his car seat, we drove off to London – we lived in Birmingham – stayed in a hotel, I got the hotel to give us a little cot.
"He was so lovely, I got him food and bought some extra nappies as she hadn't sent enough nappies for the week and I just went through the week with this little lad.
"During the day, I took him to the zoo and walked around Hyde Park – we had a blast! He loved it, he slept really well, didn't cry at night, and everything was great."
The babysitter added: "I didn't even know the woman's phone number. She'd been my next door neighbour, so I'd only ever gone over to talk to her.
"I don't have a phone with me, and I don't have her number, so I bought postcards and I wrote a postcard and posted it to her address just so she knew everything was ok and that the kid was fine."
At the end of the week, the woman took the child home to his mum.
But, she told the babysitter: "So lovely of you – really wonderful. I do have to say something though… When I said 'that's fine', I meant I'll come back Tuesday morning and go get him.
“I didn't actually mean for you to take him on holiday the whole week."
The confused TikTok user said she was fuming when she realised the panic that had been caused.
But, the mum replied: "No, I had a great time, I had a lovely break for the week!"
While both were left reeling, it all came right in the end – and in the comments people were gobsmacked.
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One person joked: "I would have reacted the same as mum. 'Huh, kid's gone for the week with someone happy to take him? That's a win!'"
"Omg that's awesome," a second added. "I thought you were going to come home to a frantic mum or the police because she didn't get the cards in time."
A third penned: "I love how you just took a kid on holidays with no questions – glad it worked out on all parts though!"
"Thanks god she was so chilled," a fourth wrote.
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