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My 17,14,12 are all the time being left to watch over the younger ones. I am always having to take some subset to something and either I don't want or they don't want to have everyone go. It is the main benefit to having oodles of kids. Also, we go on dates as well.
My oldest started babysitting our kids when she was 12. At first we wouldn't leave unless the youngest was in bed and we weren't far from home. I don't really think about it anymore now that our kids are all a bit older, but the older kids are in charge of the youngest ones all the time.
I've never paid them for babysitting. I have rewarded all the kids (with a movie or something) in the beginning, the older ones for babysitting and the younger ones for being good for their siblings.