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Old 10-27-2010, 09:31 PM
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Babysitting rates?

What do you all pay for babysitting, and do you think rates should vary whether it's day time, or at night when they're sleeping?

My friend asked me to babysit 2 mornings a week, b/c their school schedules got messed up, so she had to be in class before her husband was out. I have to get up earlier than I normally would with the boys, feed her daughter breakfast, and watch her for 2-3 hours. I get paid $20 per morning.

She watched the boys the other night while we were at a concert, and were gone for close to 6 hours. The boys were fed and in their jammies before she came over, and she put them to bed a bit under 2 hours later. Then she sat and did her homework for the other 4 hours.

We were supposed to "trade" babysitting time for the evening for 2 of my normal mornings, but now she and her husband think that I should give up pay for 3 days, since she "watched" them for 6 hours. I think there's a huge difference between getting up extra early, feeding a child, and watching her while awake, than sitting around doing homework for 4 hours that she would have been doing anyway. I would have no objections to trading 6 hours of awake time, for 6 hours of awake time.

Basically she told me to give up 3 days, for find another person to watch the boys when we go to another concert next month.

I haven't responded to her, b/c I'm really pissed at the moment, and wanted to make sure this wasn't irrational. DH and I both agree that 6 hours of awake time, and 3 meals do not equal 2 hours of awake time, and 4 hours of homework.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:53 AM
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I don't think you are being irrational at all Stacy. Given the circumstance, I think she is stretching asking for a 3rd morning for even pay. Your babysitter really didn't have to do much at all the other night when you went to your concert. You however, are going that extra "mile" to watch her daughter in the mornings. If I read correctly, she didn't have her daughter with her that night, you on the other hand are watching three alert, active children (even though it includes your boys) but I think that makes a big difference in the atmosphere of your morning.

We haven't had a sitter for a while b/c our oldest is 13 now . But when the boys were younger and we had to have a sitter, we based our pay on if they were watching one, two or all three of the boys, then we would factor in how long we were gone. Hope this helps a little
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I think you have a very good point. I actually can't believe she is making a big deal out of it. You are the one going to her house 3 seperate times, where as yes, while one 6 hour time is "technically" the same #hours it is only one drive over etc.

I pay usually $8-10/hr I usually just figure it around $8/hr then round up to the nearest $5.

I do have a dilema coming up. My husbands job is taking him out of town for an extended period of time for the next few months. I work night shift so I am asking our babysitter to come from 6:30 pm and stay overnight til I get home at 8 am. However the only awake time for my some will be for 2 hrs. I am going to be paying $60 or $70 per night. All my neighbors say i should only pay $50 since she is a college student who lives with her parents and she will be staying in my guest room and she'll really only have to "work" for 2 hours, but she wanted 60-70 so thats what I'll pay
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:37 AM
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Thanks for the replies

She got back to me, asking if I was mad b/c I hadn't replied, and I brought up that I felt awake time/sleep time were different, and she and her husband "hadn't thought about them being asleep for 4 hours", and agreed that 2 days was a fair exchange for each time she watches them for a concert in the evening.

I'm relieved, I did not want drama over babysitting payment to interfere with our friendship, so I likely would have given in and just been irritated.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:22 PM
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Gees, my friends and I trade babysitting, we've never offered to pay each other. Maybe I'm just weird for thinking that paying my friends is weird? We've even trading whole days of snowboarding with each other. Meals/naptimes included.

Our neighbor across the street and I trade all the time...dates so the other couple goes out, playdates with the kids so the other mom gets time to herself, running to get kids while baby is sleeping, etc. We haven't had a problem with it...we just both make sure that whoever went out last chooses a time to go...and that we're pretty even on playdates...most of the time the playdates actually help me, so it's not a big deal anyway.

As far as an actual babysitter though...I try to only use girls from our church who are in high school/college and can drive. Makes for some slim pickins, but in between trading dating time, etc we make it work. On top of that, we try to only go when the kids are about to go to bed so it's easier for everyone...maybe Im a little high on the price, but they always are happy to come over and are readily available for us when we need them and they know we expect more...we pay close to $10 an hour. I know their time is valuable. That said, we are VERY picky about who we have come over to sit.

Sorry,that was a book, but that's how we do it. Hope you can get things worked out ok, Staycii...sucks to have a strained friendship over something like that.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:35 PM
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^ Thanks for the "book" Anne!

I think she and I have a system down now, at least for night time when they're sleeping.

DH and I go out so rarely that we wouldn't be able to just trade for all the mornings I'm babysitting this quarter since that would be a LOT of dates , but normally we had planned to trade date nights. My friend that bailed on me after 4 years and I used to trade for date nights, and that worked perfectly. And would have continued working perfectly had she not sketched out of nowhere We loved her kids.

I don't think this friend could handle my boys for an entire day of snowboarding or extended periods of time that they aren't sleeping. They aren't monsters or anything, (even though I think they misbehave they're still more well mannered than most of the boys their ages we see when we go out), but she's not that active, so I don't think she could keep up for that long We'll have to stick with family for days like that.

I don't know anyone else in town (other than maybe my SIL), that I would trust with them to be able to just hire someone. We haven't found a church here either, there's one down the road a couple blocks, but it's very "stiff" looking, everyone's in skirts, sweaters, button ups, ties, slacks and very traditional. I'm not comfortable in those settings after being in too many churches that are judgemental about appearances. (slightly off topic to the babysitting thing )

I wish I had neighbors that I knew and trusted that had kids for the boys to play with. Aside from our connected neighbors, we never even see other people outside when we're out /sigh
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Ooops never mind, I see that it has been resolved. Glad to hear it all worked out!

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^ I totally hear ya. that makes sense that she "needs" you more than you need her And I'm so sorry @ your friend...I remember you talking about that

And don't even get me started about church...long story. We go still, but everyone knows there that we need our space and we need time to get it all figured out. Still, it may be worth giving them a call and seeing if they have a babysitter list (?) Not saying that church girls are the best or anything (trust me, I know this ), but if it looks like a family oriented church, chances are the girls have siblings that they've had experience taking care of. I've had other babysitters too that weren't religious (One that we use all of the time was a girl that worked at the kids club at the gym, and we really bonded to her). So anyways, just a couple of ideas. It's so nice to find someone you can call anytime and trust 100%.
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Glad to hear you worked things out Stacy. It's hard sometimes especially if the circumstance involves a friend because, for me at least, it's like I don't want to jeopardize our friendship or hurt feelings but at the same time if an issue needs to be resolved what needs to be said, needs to be said. I usually let it rest for a couple of days and then try to resolve when I'm not so worked up about it, it's much easier for me then. I DO NOT like confrontations
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:17 AM
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My 13 year old has babysat 4 times in the last 3 weeks & has $80!
That's good money. I made $2/hr when I babysat
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Staycii, I am late but I'm glad things got resolved.

We pay the 15 year old next door $15/hr to babysit our 3 kids...who sleep the whole time and are asleep when she gets here.
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My 13 year old has babysat 4 times in the last 3 weeks & has $80!
That's good money. I made $2/hr when I babysat
^ So did I $2/hr. Actually I didn't even charge, just took what they gave me...that was LONG time ago...sigh
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^sometimes I did it for free too! What the hell was I thinking??

$15/hr??? That is insane!
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Daaamn, I remember when I was little my mom babysat some girls from my preschool for .50 an hour! And I think I got about 3-5 an hour when I was in highschool.

I think my SIL might watch the boys some evenings, in exchange for me watching her baby some evenings so she can out out with friends. I'm liking that idea
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^sometimes I did it for free too! What the hell was I thinking??

$15/hr??? That is insane!
Holy crap All my friends tell me I over pay. I pay $12/hr for 3 kids...that are usually sleeping the majority of the time.
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When I was 15 I did some babysitting but I was only paid $7/hr at that time :/ Nowadays, my primary job is being a family assistant (I'm not a nanny as the kids are somewhat older and they already have a house keeper), I basically just baby sit the kids and pick them up from school and other house hold matters ... I get paid $15 an hour

Would I do the job for less? No way, no offense to you lovely parents on the forum but if I settled for cheap then I would be considered cheap and then later down the line, I just knew that I wouldn't put in my all into the job, pay an employee well and you're get 100% back, cause whatever my boss lady requests of me I always try to tell her "yes"

Reading these answers, I'm sure there's no doubt that everyone loves their child but is paying $15 an hour to a babysitter that much when you know that you are trusting them to take care of your child or children? Here's hoping that the babysitter is as trustworthy in return

If I was a parent myself though, paying over $15 is too much, I'd rather try to get a family member to babysit for cheap labor lol
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^Being a nanny & babysitting are two different things though. That's normal to be paid what you do.
You are doing more of a nanny's job.

They have a nanny (or everyday babysitter) & a housekeeper? Wow. They must be busy!
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^ I totally hear ya. that makes sense that she "needs" you more than you need her And I'm so sorry @ your friend...I remember you talking about that

And don't even get me started about church...long story. We go still, but everyone knows there that we need our space and we need time to get it all figured out. Still, it may be worth giving them a call and seeing if they have a babysitter list (?) Not saying that church girls are the best or anything (trust me, I know this ), but if it looks like a family oriented church, chances are the girls have siblings that they've had experience taking care of. I've had other babysitters too that weren't religious (One that we use all of the time was a girl that worked at the kids club at the gym, and we really bonded to her). So anyways, just a couple of ideas. It's so nice to find someone you can call anytime and trust 100%.
Very true. I was raised a church girl, and look how I turned out.

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^Being a nanny & babysitting are two different things though. That's normal to be paid what you do.
You are doing more of a nanny's job.

They have a nanny (or everyday babysitter) & a housekeeper? Wow. They must be busy!
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Very true. I was raised a church girl, and look how I turned out.



^Yep, just saying that just because a girl goes to church does not guarantee that she's perfect, happy & nurturing. But in other ways, could set in some values and standards that I think could be difficult to find otherwise.

Nat, I think you sound like a wonderful girl!


***And I agree with Erica, your job (to the girl that responded) is much different than what we're paying for. I think $10 for high schooler/early college is fine.
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^Being a nanny & babysitting are two different things though. That's normal to be paid what you do.
You are doing more of a nanny's job.

They have a nanny (or everyday babysitter) & a housekeeper? Wow. They must be busy!

The thing is though I don't work for them everyday :/ which makes me very sad when I see my paycheck ... I don't consider myself to be the nanny as I don't do any house hold cleaning, I don't have to make any meals for the kids, I don't have to take the kids out anywhere and whatever other nanny duties there are

Some days my job entails me to pick up the kids from school and take them home and that's it, yesterday night I did babysitting only.

I call myself the family assistant as for example, mom had to leave for an appointment but there were some work men in the house, she asked that I come over to supervise them and another example the family is in the process of packing up as they are moving to a bigger house, I'm doing all the packing, I doubt that would be one of a nanny's job duties.

However even if I was just a babysitter, I still wouldn't work for cheap, babysitting is tough work! The little girl in the family is always acting up

Plus another good reasoning of how high to pay would be how often do you use your babysitter

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