What about having a chat to her parents about it and see if they are happy with that amount.
I would have happily been paid that amount at 16 but that was awhile ago so thins have changed in expectations.
If everyone is happy I don't think it matters how much you pay them. It's yours and I'm saying the parents just so they are in the loop decision
I think the babysitter loved it...she specifically told us her availability...which excludes Fri and Sat night so she can go to her parties 😂 Oh to be young again!
How much do you pay their son and how long does it take to mow the lawn?
When it comes to kids there is no 'simplicity' in ensuring they are still alive. Just look at the Gorilla thread - terrible things happen to the *allegedly* best, most observant parents.
IMO it doesn't matter that she was happy with $20. I still don't consider $30 to be the going rate or reasonable.
If she's happy with it though and accepts the offer that's on her.
And actually...yeah, it is simple to ensure my kids stay alive. They'rebig kids...big kids who are more than capable of keeping themselves alive, actually...just might forget to not answer the door if someone turned up, or might not behave appropriately if they all got in a big fight. They're the only reasons I had a babysitter.
I didn't reply earlier because I didn't see the thread and I admit I read whole thread after my first post but I still believe $10 hour is stingy. I would pay someone more to look after my kids. It's a much bigger responsibility than serving fast food. And $45 would have been the least I would pay a 16 year old for 3 hours looking after 3 kids.
Are your kids in high school? I wouldn't exactly call primary school kids "big kids"
But at the end of the day, you're happy, the parents are happy and the babysitter is happy. Win, win!
Last edited by BigRedV; 03-06-2016 at 17:21.
I'm a qualified childcare worker and my first job in a centre I was getting paid $10 an hour. This was 9 years ago and i was 19 years old. Up until I had my daughter 6 years ago I'd babysit and charge $15 hr... thats a qualified 20 something year old with a first aid cert and blue card. It didn't feel right taking more especially when it was mostly nights and the kids were sleeping. I think $10 an hr is more then reasonable for a 16 yr old. Sounds like a great arrangement you have there OP!!
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