- Family and Parenting
Should Grandparents Charge a Fee for Babysitting Their Grandchildren?
A Special Time for Grandparents
Grandparents and families
Life is tough mostly, financially, for many families.
Babysitters are charging ridiculous fees for childcare.
You choose the grandparent thinking, you don't have to pay. Believe it or not some grandparents expect payment.
Do you approve of grandparents expecting payment for taking care of her grandchild?
It is a time when grandparents should be enjoying their grandchildren, and charging a fee can make it less enjoyable and more of a professional basis.
The grandparent that chooses to be paid for babysitting her grandchild does not always enjoy the precious moments together.
Instead she just looks forward to the payment.
It is difficult to find a trustworthy babysitter, and a grandmother is a good choice. Daycare can be a rip off, depending on where you are living at.
You do need to know the babysitter well enough, before you decide to leave your child with them.
So do you think grandparents should charge a fee to babysit their grandchildren?
Grandparent time should be fun time and charging a fee does make the process as an obligation in some ways.
The grandmother babysits her grandchild and does not show love or appreciation.
Taking care of a child for a fee does make the whole situation feels different.
If the grandmother offers to take care of her child it is a polite gesture but for a fee that should not be the priority.
A family should be together no matter what and should show appreciation for each other.
Nobody wants to be taken advantage of it is time for grandparents to be with their precious little ones.
Most people would think that charging a fee for babysitting is odd it all depends on how each family chooses to live their lives.
Sometimes a couple would substitute a babysitter for grandmother care, and would offer to pay her a weekly fee.
The grandmother may be giving up all her free time to watch the child that should also be taken into consideration and clearly understood.
On an occasional day out or night out for the couple in the week the grandparent should look forward to babysitting her grandchild.
Do you look forward to spending time with your grandchild or grandchildren or more to getting paid for babysitting?
There are other ways to show grandmother appreciation for babysitting your child.
Take her out to lunch make sure she has everything she needs and that she is happy.
The grandparent has to show love and enjoy the time given with her grandchild.
The moment money comes in between the agreement the time spent with the child can feel slightly less-fulfilled.
In other words babysitting won't feel meaningful like it should have been.
The normal and natural way can be most fair.
Understanding each other from both parties won't always be the same from a grandparent’s point of view.
She won't like the idea of paying a fee to the grandparent and he will accept it.
That is another complicated situation in many marriages and that can cause many issues.
Show kindness and love toward grandchildren charging a fee can make it less enjoyable.
Some people feel it is rude not to offer some money to grandparents for babysitting grandchildren.
Grandparents are spending their valuable time on grandchildren.
What happened about having that pleasurable time with grandchildren?
I fairly understand that no grandparent should feel the responsibility in taking care of their grandchildren on a daily basis. It should be more of a pleasurable one and should not concern money.
If a grandmother is willing to take care of her grandchild it should be a good memory and a great experience to talk about.
Most grandparents live on a fixed income and choose to charge a fee for babysitting their grandchildren.
They need to cover up their own expenses.
Grandparents should love their grandchildren and make their time worthwhile or valuable.
It can be fair to pay grandparents as you would pay the babysitter. In some cases families choose to pay grandparents.
Do you think it is fair to pay grandparents to babysit their grandchildren?
Some grandparents accept payment and others don't want payment.
It is the choice of the individual.
You should feel at ease to ask grandparents to babysit your child without paying the fee.
I know of some families who live close to grandparents to be connected to take care of their grandchildren while at work or away.
The financial situation plays a huge role in babysitting, and the choice of babysitters is not always a good one.
If the family requires a babysitter, and is not able to afford payment, the grandparents do come to mind and that becomes their choice at heart.
Both husband and wife have full time jobs, and they have a three year old son. They both work daily and still don't have much money for all expenses.
The grandmother had helped tremendously in taking care of the grandchild and in the beginning had not requested payment.
After some time the grandmother requested payment, and the daughter was shocked to hear this from her mother.
The couple started paying the grandmother one hundred and twenty five dollars a month.
The whole concept of payment had caused tension between the couple and lots of frustration together with constant arguments.
Babysitting is a commitment and can be stressful.
It is not the time for grandparents to be responsible for a child. Especially, when they have become more relaxed with their lives.
Babysitting grandchildren should be the wonderful years of grandparents.
Grandparents don't need that responsibility anymore.
They have long passed those years of raising children and running around for toddlers.
Keeping up with a toddler is much more work at their ages.
The expenses can increase and a reasonable pay should be in mind but only if that is a choice.
What if the child is not toilet-trained won't that be more work and commitment?
The cost of living has risen and all accounts need to be taken into consideration.
She would be offended if her in-laws asked for money to sit her kids.
It is a choice of the grandparents and is also a must in some families, only if thought that way.
Asking for money is not the way.
She feels grandparents should play their part in their grandchild’s lives and not ask for money.
As a parent you choose to be there for your children, to love and educate them. To do as much as you can to make your child's life easy. Once they leave the nest your job is over.
If you think being a parent is connected to a contract then you would have to abide by that contract.
She does not expect her mother or his mother to ask for payment. It is either a yes or no answer. That is if they can sit for the kids or if they are not able to do so.
It can be most frustrating.
A subject that affects both the husband, the wife and the grandparents.
Taking care of kids is costly and not every family can afford daycare.
It is time for parents to raise their own children leaving with grandma on odd times should be happy times what do you think?
Grandparents are not there to raise your children but to be connected to their grandchildren. To love and cherish them.
Nobody said it would be easy.
A simple understanding and discussions family lives can be less stressful with loved ones.
The love and care from grandparents are very important.
When in daycare centers your child is taken care of but not so much with love. The centers expect payment and hope you are happy with their arrangement. A daycare is just an option for working parents.
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