"I have a simple question for the blog: what's the "going rate" for babysitters?
We don't hire babysitters very often because we having willing family close by. But there have been a few times when we've needed a sitter and I always wonder if I'm paying enough. I remember feeling rich any time I got paid as a kid, but I somehow don't think it's like that anymore. When our son was little, I only felt comfortable calling older girls to tend and I'm sure babysitting wages seemed measly to them since they could get at least minimum wage at a real job with more hours, but is that what I should pay? I know it's worth it to have my child be in good hands, but I just don't want my adult perspective of economics to unneccesarily inflate babysitting wages. :) Now I've felt more comfortable calling younger girls, but still, how much do I pay? I don't want to be a cheapskate, but why pay more than is reasonable, right? I'm just wondering what the "going rate" is. I'd heard $1 per hour per kid or maybe $2 per hour since I just have one, but most of my absences are short and $2-3 just doesn't seem like much to hand someone. Also, do you pay more if they've had to do something inconvenient like feed the kids, put them to bed or change messy diapers? Or is that just part of the deal and good practice for being a mom one day?! :)
And, last question...what age do you think kids are ready to start babysitting? I know a lot of it depends on how mature they are even more than age, but I remember babysitting at age 10, maybe even before (of course I'd had younger siblings to practice on), but now I look at most 10 year olds and wonder if the moms that hired me were nuts! Or have times just changed?"
So help her out!
What do you pay your babysitters?
What age are your babysitters?
What types of things do you expect your babysitters to do?
Excellent question! Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.