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We've always used dh's parents as babysitters, but next week a student who works at my kids' daycare center is coming over for the evening. Of course I'll ask her what she charges, but I'd like to have an idea of what's average. Let me just say too that this is an older student who is working on her Master's degree in child development and has extensive experience working in daycare centers (so it's not like she's your average highschool babysitter).<br><br>
Also, do you usually provide dinner for babysitters if they're there around dinner time? Ds is only 7 months so he doesn't eat dinner, and dd will be perfectly happy with half a grilled cheese or something. Should I make something special that the babysitter can also eat?
 

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Well when I was a teen baby sitting I made like $20 a night :LOL But I was always provided with dinner. Usually the parents left money so I could order pizza for myself and the kids. Now when i provide childcare at church I get $8.50 an hour. I never babysit outside of work, so I don't know about the dinner thing anymore.
 

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We pay ours $7/hr for 1 toddler. She's an awesome teenage girl (senior in highschool). When she was our mothers helper this summer & I was home all the time, it was $6/hr. I'd just provide her w/easy stuff to eat & she can make something or have a sandwich w/your dd. HTH
 

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Wow - the going rate for sitters around here is $10/hour for 1 or 2 kids, more if you have more kids. I have only used a babysitter twice, we always use family. But, I had ordered a pizza, and I tell the sitters to help themselves to whatever they want.<br><br>
Thankfully I have my sister and my parents around for sitting when I need it. I can't afford to hire a sitter on top of going out.<br><br>
Take care!
 

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I give my sitter $5 an hour and I don't make dinner. I tell her that she has free rein of the kitchen. She is young though 13, I think? I have no clue what a college student should get or what the expectations are.
 

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My sitter gets 10 an hour (Low for around here) and I don't make dinner, but tell her she can have whatever she wants out of the kitchen. She is a college student and great with the kids.<br><br>
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The going rate here is about five dollars an hour. Usually an evening out will cost about 25$. That's when the kids are asleep or in bed. In the day time it's more like 10$/hr. I always make sure to have snacks for them. Also, if there is cheese and bread I'd say "help yourself to a grilled cheese". I like listing foods that they can help themselves to (in a nice way of course) because I am on such a tight budget and have had the last of my peanut butter eaten, or the kid's special daycare snacks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
Also if it's at night, make sure there is a comfy blanket out on the couch. I ALWAYS feel cold when I babysit at night.
 

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I pay my two (rarely used) teen sitters $5 an hour for any part of an hour, plus an extra $5 since I have two children now. (So 1.5 hours is $15). I've never left at meal time, but if I leave an evening snack/treat, there is enough for everyone. I wouldn't prepare something separate.
 

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Teen sitter: $5/hour. Regular sitter who helps dp during the day a few hours a week, $12/hour. No one is hungry or thirsty in our house, so we feed anyone who is in our house around meal time. We have snacks and beverages available to everyone as well.<br><br>
We are actually around almost all the time except for an occasional couple hours to eat dinner out with each other (and Peanut) and during the week (4 days) dp was in labor with Peanut.<br><br>
This is really valuable work to me so I want the people who help me out to know how much I appreciate it.
 

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I pay around $10 per hour for three kids. My kids are older and all potty trained etc. They are 7, 9 and 10. For the area I'm in, that is medium to high.......<br><br>
My baby sitter is great! She plays with them the whole time and cleans up! I ALWAYS tip her.....
 

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I pay a college student $7 per hour for one 2 yr old. She's an elementary ed major and is great with children. Most babysitters around here charge around $8-10 but that is just unaffordable for us.
 

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Wow! I am way under-paying my mother's helpers! They're Jr. High Girls, and I am always home while they are with my dd1 (3.75). I pay the $3/hour <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I was thinking of giving them a raise this summer, and adding my second dd to their list of responsibilities (not a long list). One of them will be going to high school next year. I'm hoping to be able to get her to sit in the evening periodically then, so we can get an evening out.<br><br>
I haven't been out for an evening with just my husband since last Mother's Day!!! I'm going a little <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> And, no, I don't consider going to the Urgent Care yesterday for treatment for dehydration because of the stomach flu to be an "evening out". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br><br>
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We pay $4 per child per hour so for our two elementary school children we pay $8 an hour. It typically works out to about $20 or $25 dollars for an evening. I usually end up rounding up.
 
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