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Instructor Melinda Anderson watches on as Armand Andersen learns first aid during an American Red Cross baby sitter’s course in Fargo last summer. American Red Cross / Special to The Forum

Boys who baby-sit: Gender expectations, fears exist alongside signs of changing attitudes

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FARGO - When Scott Ecker was looking for work as a baby sitter here a few summers ago, his job prospects soured with a common phrase in the local ads: “females only.”


Then an elementary education major at Minnesota State University Moorhead, he found one post on the university’s student-only website specifically looking for a man – because the kid loved sports.

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Ryan Johnson
After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features reporter for The Forum's Variety section since 2013. His prior beats included politics, business, city government and higher education. Johnson is a 2008 alumnus of the University of North Dakota. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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