Need Help With Amt to Pay Babysitter

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Need Help With Amt to Pay Babysitter
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Sat, 09-05-2009 - 7:48am

I posted this on my July 08 Firecrackers Board but thought you ladies might have something helpful to say, too!

I really need suggestions on how much to pay our babysitter. Here are the details: my husband and I have been going to foster parent training 2x per week. Sarah comes here after work with me (about 5pm) and DH has dinner ready. We all eat and DH and I leave around 5:40pm. We get home around 9:05pm-9:15pm. It's 6 weeks long so 12 nights plus 1 extra class that we will get home around 8:15pm. So 13 nights total. Alexis was not good the first few weeks (crying almost the whole time we were gone). The last few weeks it's just crying as we leave, and then she's fine. She goes to bed around 8-8:30pm.

I practically begged my coworker to babysit b'cuz I didn't trust anyone else with Alexis. We're friendly, but we don't hang out or anything so we're not good friends I guess I'd say. When I asked her how much she wanted she said "I don't know - no one ever pays me to babysit." I told her I was definitely paying her, and I don't think she'll refuse the money or anything.

I just don't know how much to give her. We don't have a ton of money, but I want to make sure I give her enough. I gave her the choice of payments each night, each week, or at the end; she choose at the end. The only thing I've "paid" her is $2.60 in cold medicine and 1 lunch at Chipotle when she didn't have cash. Oh, and the 12 pack of Coke I bought her to drink with the dinners we feed her. That's it :)

Thoughts?

Oh, and I live in Ohio so it's not like the cost of living is really high (like New York or Cali), but it's also not exceptionally low either. From what I found online, it's just under average.



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Registered: 10-23-2002
Sat, 09-05-2009 - 8:12am
i'm very very careful about who watches my kids like crazy about it.. after living here 2 years we found someone i like..... we pay her 10 an hour... she typically comes around 6pm if we need her baby is in bed at 7ish and alex at 8 during the summer 7 with school so most of her time is spent studying *nursing student* ...and this is with 2 very easy kids .. to the point she's told me she almost feels bad taking the money because alex is easy and lily rarely whines




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Sat, 09-05-2009 - 1:12pm

I would pay her at least $8.00 an hour. That is what we pay our babysitter here in KY, and she said she usually gets anywhere from 7-8 an hour. She just started babysitting for us, so here in a few months if she sticks around I'll raise it to $8.50. Plus we give her about a 20% tip too on the total amount worked for the night.


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Sat, 09-05-2009 - 8:14pm

Heather -


We usually pay $10 for our babysitters. So far we've usually only had college students watch our twins. One of my friends watch her DS when she returned to work. Her friend was a mom with older children. She was paying $12 or $14 per hour.


We live in CA, but in the cheap area of CA. I've found our sitters using a college job posting website and the requirement is that we must pay at least minimum wage which is $8/hr here.


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Registered: 05-09-2005
Sat, 09-05-2009 - 10:53pm

Its good that you were able to find someone to watch them.


I have been going to foster parenting classes as well.

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Registered: 04-06-2003
Sun, 09-06-2009 - 9:57pm
we pay $10 hr for 2 kids, 5 & 2. But we only do that once maybe twice a month. If this is a routine thing I would agree with other poster that $20 each visit is good. That will be one nice check at the end.
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Wed, 09-16-2009 - 2:03pm

I don't normally post here as I am a member of the January 2009 club, but I couldn't resist when I saw this one. I agree with the pp who said maybe $20 a night... then maybe a thank you card and such. It seems fair considering she's doing it more as a 'favor' than a 'job'.


I have only recently been hearing how much babysitters charge to watch kids and I can't hardly believe it. When my oldest were small, I would pay about half of what you guys are talking about... maybe $4.00 an hour. Come on it's babysitting.

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Registered: 10-23-2002
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 6:54pm
see i dont get why people would pay the person in charge of their child(ren) less then minimum wage... taking care of a child isn't an easy job... how many people here would work for less then minimum wage?
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Thu, 09-17-2009 - 4:19pm

I don't know... If I were to hire someone, expect her to do what I do in the house, and

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Thu, 09-17-2009 - 8:19pm

My thirteen year old is usually paid $7-8 an hour. For an adult that you trust, who you said is not really a good friend (i.e. doing this out of the goodness of her heart) I'd pay $10. That is what we pay the schoolteacher who watches our children during the summer months. I suspect that the reason people don't usually pay her is because she only does it occasionally as a favor to close friends, which you said you are not.

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Registered: 10-23-2002
Thu, 09-17-2009 - 9:17pm

well i dont know how much daycare is... but i see a big difference in daycare you are paying them to watch your kid(s) but they are also watching other kids so making more money...
the babysitter watches your kids only *at least in our case i would not be ok with her watching my 2 plus someone elses kids at the same point*

i'm more of the belief though if u can't pay someone adequately to watch your kids you probably can't afford to go out in the first place

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