Going Rate for Babysitting?
So today I spent the day babysitting two boys, ages six and seven. Their mom is also an office manager at the bank I work at. It was a fun day, and we spent a lot of time outdoors, playing inside, and playing Wii. I really enjoyed the time I spent with them. The only downfall? It is the day after Halloween and when their parents said NOT TOO MUCH CANDY, one of the kids didn’t listen.
Needless to say, I had a few thoughts running through my head. One- only have one child so they can’t fight, and two- never ever Ever EVER allow my kids to eat any form of white sugar.
I’ve done some babysitting for friends before and not gotten paid. I watched my manager’s kids on a Friday when she was coming home from vacation for about 5 hours. Today I was there from 9:45AM to 7:00PM. I am exhausted. When it came time for me to leave, the mom handed me some cash, I said “are you sure?”, she said that was what she’d have to pay another babysitter, so yes. I put the money in my pocket, thanked her, and then left. When I got home, I looked to see how much money it was.
$80. I was expecting maybe $40 at the most. Now, I don’t have kids, so I have no idea how much babysitting runs, but that just seems a little extreme to me. I think I’m going to email her and tell her that’s too much money and that I am fine with less. I don’t want to rip her off.
Do you know what the going rate for babysitting is? What do you think I should do?