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We are taking Jackson, our 3 year old to Disney on Ice this Saturday and we are leaving Jacob with our niece. I'm just wondering how much to pay her an hour for keeping Jacob. I have never left him with anyone beside my mother in law who won't accept money for keeping him, so I have no idea what to pay my niece.
Thank you *Kiliki* for my beautiful siggy
My daughter was given $5 an hour to watch a 6 year old recently... I think it depends though on a bunch of different scenarios - age of the sitter, certifications, etc. I think for most teenagers, like $5 an hour is reasonable.
Thank you Katie (.:Shortcake:.) for my beautiful siggy!!
You might be right. We live an hour outside of Boston. I know Boston is $15 and NYC is $20-25. I know the Today show did a clip about how hard it was to get a sitter and still have money to pay for stuff.
Katrina, mom to 7 wonderful children on earth, and 4 guardian angels in heaven.
Yeah, around here...it's about $10 an hour. For an adult sitter (over 18). For younger, it can go down to $7. But not much less than that.
I remember having to tell a family that I watched (they had 1-year-old twins) that I needed more than $4 an hour. They were surprised they were paying so low without my saying something (I was embarrassed)...but continued to call me for years after that because they didnt mind paying the going rate, but just didn't know.
Soooo...I would just ask. Say "I was thinking around (blank) an hour. Is that typical or do you have another idea." It must really depend on the area. If you have local mommy friends, it might be worth asking about
I am personally very picky about babysitters, I check references and do a couple try outs, so I pay about $10 and hour. The babysitters don't mind going through the "interview" process when that get a nice pay out. I pay them for the "try outs" too.