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Old 07-14-2006, 05:09 PM   #11
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:26 PM   #12
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My kid (14) gets $6 an hour, and that is below the average of $10 or so that I hear is more the norm around here.

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Old 07-14-2006, 05:45 PM   #13
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Nowadays it seems standard- at least here- to give the babysitter a reasonable salery. When I was a kid my mom would give the babysitter working minimum wage of $6.50 an hour. But we were a really rough bunch anyways, and if I were babysitting us I wouldn't have done it for less than ten.
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:54 PM   #14
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Around here, college aged kids make around $10 per hour. Something to consider too: ask if they also regularly babysit other kids as well. If they do, you may want to look elsewhere. Reason being that if they're babysitting little Johnny who has green sludge coming out of his nose, guess what Sofie will have in 48 hours? ick.

I'm lucky now - my older boy is 13, so I pay him to watch his brother if I have an appt or other obligation. He charges me $1.50 per hour. I told him if he keeps up the good work, once he's 14, he can charge double that for any of my friends who need sitters. (they can't wait!)
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Old 07-14-2006, 07:36 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by PA Baker
Sofie's now 8 months old (as of today *snif*) and my parents are the only babysitters she's ever had. We're thinking of trying her out with a babysitter, for a brief afternoon--we'll go out to lunch maybe. We have someone in mind we'll ask, the daughter of my mom's friend. She's going into college and works another job but loves kids so still likes to sit when she can. With Sof still being so young, I like that she's a little older.

What do babysitters charge these days? The last I knew, when I was sitting in junior high, I made $2 an hour plus all the soda I wanted to drink! I have a feeling it's a little different these days!
I think the going rate is about $5-$6 per hour for high school kids. If I had to do it over again, and could afford it, I wouldnt have a stranger babysit. I've done the registered daycare for a set fee each week, I've done the elderly woman, I've done the college age person. None of it was good according to my daughter. I wouldnt use a babysitter for a baby that cannot talk unless they are a reliable family member.
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Old 07-14-2006, 07:53 PM   #16
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PA, I teach babysitting courses to 12 year olds and here they start at about $2 - $3 per hour per child. As they get older they may up their rates.

Couple of thoughts for you:
- ask for references, and CHECK them.
- interview your sitter, and meet their parent
- make sure whoever you hire has had some kind of training in the basics

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Old 07-15-2006, 02:19 AM   #17
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Jess my 14 yr old babysits for her sister's friends (6 year olds and their siblings) she gets $7 an hour australian but I know of people paying older girls $10-15. Jess is very sensible and competent and used to younger children so the families she sits for are very happy and use her regularly although now that she works at McDonalds she hasn't as much time.At McD's she gets $6.50 an hour.
Sometimes I think someone sensible around 14 can be better than an older girl with a boyfriend who may spend the whole time on the phone or sneak him in. I would make sure the person had experience with young children and got on well with sofie when you were there before you leave her.
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