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January 08, 2008


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I am currently babysitting for three boys (11,7,& 2) I make 10 dollars an hour and I am here at least 4 days a week (sometimes they spring extra days on me last minute). I am abused by the kids. The parents are never home when they say they will be (yesterday she said she would be "a little late" and was home an hour late, a few days before that they were 3 hours late with no warning). Somedays I am asked to take the kids to the park, drive her to her train, make sure they blahh blahh blahh. I am an 18 year old who has been babysitting for three years... My mom just send me a site saying I should be payed 13 dollars an hour minimum for where we live, how many kids, etc... I am sitting in a dark living room about to cry, but trying not to because I don't want to wake up the two year old. PLEASE BE GOOD TO YOUR BABYSITTER. WE ARE PEOPLE TOO. Look up on what you should pay sitters in your area. I now feel like I am getting ripped off and abused. I could handle abuse, but the combination is killing me.

It varies widely depending on the area!

In Albuquerque, I pay a local teenager $5/hr for one kid + $1/hr per additional kid. $7/hour for our family. He thought it was a lot of money; probably because he hasn't yet reached the age where he could
get a real job!

In the Bay Area in Northern California, this is about what I earned fifteen years ago, so I imagine it's more expensive there now.

How much should I charge for 10 month old twins for 10 hours a day 5 days a week

I'm over fifty years old and certified by the state to take care of children - but now i'm babysitting privately. I was a single parent so i know it's difficult for other single parents to make ends meet so i only charge $30 a day for one child and $55 a day for 2 kids from the same family. I live in the northeast part of the U.S. should i be charging more?

I am a 22 year old stay-at-home mom, also a full-time student(online classes). My son is now 9 months old, and i have recently started to watch my sister-inlaws 2month old. I watch her for about 8hrs a day 5 days a week. Her mother provides her food and diapers, And i watch her in my home. I am not sure what to charge. Weather it be by the hr or day? I was thinking along the lines of $20 a day/$100 a week. This seems like a fair price to me, However she was thinking only $15 a day? What is a fair price? and how do i determine how much to charge?

Wow! This is crazy! I've been babysitting for about 5 years for a family and honestly, I'd never agree on getting paid less than $15/hr. I live in Chicago and I'm a college student. I babysit 3 days a week, 10 hours a day, and get $450 for those 3 days. This is a normal rate for a babysitter in Chicago. If you pay $10 or below, do not expect the babysitter to do more than put your child in front of the tv all day. I don't even know where do you find people who agree to babysit for $7/hr. that's just ridiculous.

Sam, I am almost to be in the same boat as you. I am a SAHM to my(currently) 9 month old and will be watching my friend's son (who is going to be born via C-Section the day after tomorrow. She teaches elementary as a profession and I will watch her son when she goes back. We live in St Petersburg, FL near Tampa so it is a city, just not huge. I have almost no experience watching other children other than my own since I haven't babysat for years. I know they can't afford too much and they're friends so I don't want to charge too much. On the other hand, I don't want to charge too little and feel like I'getting ripped off.

If I watch their son, I need it to compensate to LEAST $400 a month to make up for our loss in food stamps (my husband makes a little over minimum wage at Target and we qualify for food stamps, but if we have more income we'll lose them). I at least want it to be worth my while. I would probably watch him for 8-10 hours/day, 3-5 days/week (all depending on how they work out their days off to watch him and stuff) and I would be at my own house. To be honest, we would rarely go anywhere considering I don't have a car and Florida is just to humid to go outdoors, not to mention mosquitoes. We would mostly stay indoors in the AC, but I wouldn't just put him in front of Baby Einstein and not interact with them. Of course, they will be almost a year of age difference between them so it would call for different activities, etc, but manageable. They would have to provide diapers and milk/formula, but I could provide toys and stuff. Also, we use cloth diapers and wipes and I honestly wouldn't mind having both in cloth since it would be less (stinky) trash for me to deal with. As long as they're cool with it.

So all in all, I feel very capable of taking care of their little baby, but not sure what price to charge since they're friends and everything. Sorry for the long post. =)

My neighbor needs me to babysit her twins (9-10 months) for at least 8 hours a day and some weekend days. In Birmingham like other places childcare is pretty expensive and the cheapest places around (giving you what you pay) charge $110.00 weekly per child. How much should I charge her? I am an adult with 2 children one of which has severe special needs.

Taangela --

What is she offering?

I would suggest you get her to give you a price first. After all, it may be higher than what you'd want. Then from there, you can decide whether you need more money or not.

I was thinking the same thing. She asked me to say a rate but I simply requested more information as for specific times, days, and if she wanted to pay daily or weekly. Then suggested that she bring some figures. I do not want to over charge her but I do need to get what is deserved considering my circumstances. Thanks!

When you put a young child in day care you need to consider that they will get sick more often.Most day cares don't keep their staff long and it's not good for an infant or young child to keep trying to bond to several different people. A lot of people will pay more for a car or home but not the person who loves and cares for their child. Some people can pay $5.00 an hour others can afford $20.00.If your sitter is good pay them how much you think your child is worth

I am a 16 year old who has about 4 babysitting jobs. None of them are weekly jobs, just whenever the parents need a night out.I get $5/hr from one family, $10 from two families, and the other family often sneaks a good tip in because the 2 year old asks for me a lot. I do dishes, play with the kids, give them dinner, tidy the main rooms, and if their late, rock the kids to sleep. I'm picked up, dropped off, and welcome to dinner and anything in the fridge. I'm pretty flexible about pay/time ratio.

To Mamma2:
Since it's a young, dependent child, you have your own child to care for, a baby coming, and those hours, I would charge 15/hr. And even then, it will probably get harder for you as it gets closer to baby time, you won't much feel like holding a sqealling baby.

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