I have two situations that I could use advice/help on.
I would pay a college student at least $1 per kid per hour.
For the college student I would say depending on what time and what is required of her would determine her pay. I know most students here ask for between 3 an hour per child. If all they are doing is coming over and making sure the house doesn't burn down then I would prob offer a flat fee of $25.00 for say 5 hours just b/c of gas. But if they are in charge of bath/sleep routine I would make it more because it can be harder to put a child to sleep if they aren't use to you.
Here is a website that offers great questions to ask.
It must be vastly different in different parts of the country, but you couldn't get a sitter around here for less than $10/hr!
Yikes..where does everyone live??? 5 dollars an hour? High school kids here get 8-10 an hour. The sitter( my son's teacher I'm hiring tonight) gets 16 dollars an hour--but she is an adult, fully trained in cpr, has been a nanny etc....Nannies around here--weekly make between 5 and 750 dollars.( full time. live out)
if theres still time, maybe you should ask around to see what people pay/charge before you meet with them...I'd also ask your potential sitters for references, and whether or not they do a lot of sitting, ( for others or for their own younger siblings etc....) do they have their own car??
As for taking care of that little boy- go for it if you think it'll work for you. Do you think he'll get along with your children??thats a biggie. If they do- they have built in playmates and it works out better.
Its ok to ask for it in cash..but maybe you should see how much shed be willing to pay...100-125 dollars a week dosn't sound like enough..it's a bigger commitment than you think.
I know what you mean. We rarely go out- leaving a hired sitter with the kids. We usually get my mom or dad to help if they're around
for the babysitting I would go with 10 bucks an hour for 2 kids if they are in bed when the sitter gets there. If the kids are up I would maybe offer a bit more depending on what the sitter has to do. 10 bucks for 2 kids is a good deal for you as well.
As for the babysitting the 3 year old I would definitely ask for min. of 35 for the day. If the person wants a receipt for taxes I would go 45 cause you will only really make 35 :)
I babysit now and where I am with out driving I charge 25 with no receipt, and
When I was a teen, many moons ago I got $7./hr for 2 kids. Ask what they charge if they don't know you can suggest what you want to pay.
I watched a friends baby for a while, that did not work out for me at all. I felt like I had lost a part of my freedom. He was a good baby and his parents are good friends and I could take him anyplace I wanted but I didn't want. His parents would show up a few min late or come early and it frustrated me, I wanted them gone so my family could have dinner or just be together w/out outsiders..kwim. Plus just putting off my kids needs for someone else's baby because he would get fussy got to me. I stopped before it became a resentment for me. People after a while can take advantage of a situation, not that our friends did it intentionally but they knew i would not say no them needing me to watch him for a few hrs extra a day. Usually it was 7am-5pm, but I had days when they would bring him at 6 or pick him up at 7 do to business trips or meetings. I forget what they paid me, I think it was like $150 a week and they would throw in extra for extra time. It was cash so neither one of us claimed it. If she claims what she pays you, you will need to claim it if it is a certain amt I think.
Sorry I got off on a rant. Just be prepared, I know others who watch kids and love it and it goes w/out a hitch.
Oh my friends I sat for are expecting another and asked if I was ready to sit, lol.
Finding a babysitter that you trust is always hard (and especially finding one at a reasonable price!). The Today Show did a piece on "How to hire a babysitter": http://video.ivillage.com/player/?id=31112
The story might help ease some of your fears and give you some tips on finding the right fit for a sitter.