I discussed the amount of pay with the girl's mother as well as the girl to decide what we all thought would be fair.
Now that she is 12 though, I've been thinking about leaving her with the kids (DD is 3-years-old, DS is 3-months-old) to go for a run. My plan is to run for 20-30 minutes in the neighborhood. I'd bring the cell phone with me.
What are your thoughts? I really feel comfortable with her, but is 12 too young to be left alone?
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A sidenote - one summer home from university I was home earlier than my summer job started so I figured I'd do a bit of babysitting to make some money, a woman called me on a recommendation from a friend, she had a 5 month old and wanted me to come over during his nap time so she could go run some errands. When I quoted my rate (up to about 6$/hr - and me now with my cpr/first aid, etc), she was quite taken aback and said - "so much for watching a baby sleep!" I have always remembered that and thought that that pretty much summed up all that was wrong with the way society treats children - 6$/hr to watch the most precious thing in the world to me and react appropriately should he wake up and if, God forbid, something happened - seems to me to be a bit of a bargain!
When I was doing daycare i charged about $3/hour or $125 for 50 hrs/week. I was considered expensive. I guess it all depends on where you live.
I saw one girl's notice and it said $12-14/hour for nanny work.
We don't have anyone yet. Once I had someone come over to be with my son while i was here and for them to get to know each other to see how he was with her. A tester visit, of sorts. Her price would have been $8/hour with a 3 hour minimum!! Then she went off to do senior year abroad so we never got any further.
I havent found anybody yet! Just my mom.
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