how does babysitting grab you

United States
April 24, 2007 7:28am CST
I was wondering how many of you babysit for extra income and if I am not beening to nosy how much do you get paid
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@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Not babysitting, but at home daycare. I charge $30/day for little ones. I'm hoping to get 3 kids which would at least equal what I used to make at my regular job.
• United States
24 Apr 07
I wish you luck and thanks for responding
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I haven't babysat in about 15 years but when I did I got $8 for one kid, $10 per hour for 2 kids. One summer I made over $2,000.
• United States
24 Apr 07
that is really good money do you still babysit thanks for responding
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I might watch my granddaughter sometimes, but don't get paid. I think this question is more for the women than the men. Sorry.
• United States
24 Apr 07
I imagine that there are men child care providers thanks for responding
@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
24 Apr 07
The last time I was babysitting for a neighbor. She pretty much screwed me when it came to the pay. She would say she owed me so much. But than only pay me half. So i stopped babbysitting for her. I refused to babysit for people who won't pay me what was intended. When my kids use to go to a babysitter. The babysitter charged a flat rate wheather the kids were there or not. So I would take them even on the days I took off. To get what I paid for. As most of my income went to babysit. As I had three kids at one time going to the sitter. Now I stay home. So I don't have to worry about a babysitter. It was a worry to wonder if the babysitter would quit, if my kid would catch lice or get sick from the other kids. If my kids were treated fairly or getting enough to eat.
• United States
24 Apr 07
a parent does have to be carefull when finding a babysitter because some young teenagers are not reliable enough and the same with some adult child care providers Thanks for responding
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I have been babysitting for 15 yrs. I have learned to charge by the week rather than by the hour. I also set the hours that I babysit. I start at 7:30 and everyone has to be picked up by 4:15. I charge 100 dollars for the week. They pay whether they come or not. I babysit for teachers kids and they have to pay me for the school breaks and holidays and I do not watch their kids during this time. When I was charging per hour, I would find many days the parents would try to find someone from the family to watch the kids for free to save them money, but they were screwing me in the long run. This is when I said, pay is $100/wk, regardless if they come or not. I am on the same schedule as the school. I don't babysit on snowdays, on holidays, if they are sick~ but I do get paid for those days. This way, I have a reliable consistent pay ever week.
• United States
24 Apr 07
That is a great idea but as I stated the state pays for the children while the mother is in school and she has a co-pay of 4.33 and if I watch the children while she has other engagement then I charge her 2 dollars an hour
@lightningMD (5933)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I babysit for extra money. I am paid 2.00 an hour per child. I used to own a daycare. I was licensed for 12 children I made around 45,000 a year doing that. Now I just work to buy groceries and to be able to stay home with my step-daughter. When we move into a house in June I might open another daycare but only 6 kids this time.
• United States
24 Apr 07
i babysit two and that is enough lol thanks for responding
@soccermom (3200)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I haven't babysat in years, but I can tell you babysitters get a decent wage. Last time we had a babysitter she charged us $12 per hour for our 3 kids, and our oldest is pretty self sufficient. As we came to find out this girl sat on the phone and my oldest pretty much took care of her siblings. Needless to say we didn't invite this girl back. We have met a girl through my MIL's church that will watch all 3 for $5 an hour, she's 14 and has first aid training, but we have yet to try her. I also have a policyholder that has a daycare, she charges a flat $25 per day, per child and has 5 kids in her care. That's $125 per day! Not too shabby.
• United States
24 Apr 07
I only babysit for about 4 hours a day it is not bade the money helps when your in a pinch thanks for responding