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#1 of 7 Old 07-07-2004, 01:17 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello,

I am wondering what you (or someone you know) pay your babysitter? I'm especially wondering what to pay a young adult.

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I personaly haven't had to use a non-family member but my Cousin has and she pays around $10.00 an hour. Then again she was 2 really wild kids (they don't listen well at all) and 1 mellow one. Hope that helps!

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Wow, that's a lot of money. I have one mellow 2.5-year-old child. I was hoping in the lines of $5/hr and no more (it would be my nephew's girlfriend who would babysit)
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We have a college student, and we pay her $8/hr. She did some rsch before we set it up, and apparently the going rate here is $6.15 - $8. We like her, so we're being generous (don't want anyone else to steal her).

I'd say a h.s. student you could pay $5-6, but most college students make at least $7 in their other jobs, so you have to be competitive...
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Nate, you have just one child?

The person I'm planning on having babysit is in her early-20s and has a full-time career job.
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I dont use a paid babysitter that often. (usoly granparents) but have used a frends 14yr old dd and paid $5 an hour for 2 kids. we bought treats and rented movies also a night out cost us quite a bit with our expenses also. needless to say we dont get out much
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I have done quite a bit of nannying/babysitting for a family - with my kids around. After ds was born I would only watch their 3 yr. old at my house, and I got paid $8/hr. but sometimes a little more. I was paid more before he was born and I went to their house and watched 1-3 kids, and sometimes their friends too.
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