Join Date: May 2003
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This weekend we had to leave DS (2 yrs, 3 mo) overnight for the first time ever. This was NOT my first choice, but to make a long story short, it worked out pretty well. The person we left him with is his main babysitter who has known him since he was born.
Now my big question is - how much should we pay her for this time? (I know, we should have negotiated this beforehand, but...)
Some background: Normally she has always stayed with him at our house. She is not a lazy sitter - she helps out in any possible way she can. We pay $10/hr, which is average/low in our urban area.
In this situation, he went to her house. She was with him constantly and even slept with him in a safe bed, tended to his needs, and gave him home-cooked food. There were a lot of kids and people around, though, so it wasn't as intensive perhaps as caring for him at our house. Although, she did sleep with him too...
So, she was "on duty", so to speak, from 7 am Saturday morning until 6 pm Sunday evening. That is 35 hours. If we pay her at $10 that is $350 - a lot of money. We love our sitter, and of course, we want her to feel fairly compensated. On the other hand, we'd like it to be a more manageable amount.
My question is - what IS a fair rate for this service. Or, what have other people paid? We are really struggling with this.