What is fair when babysitting two small grandchildren ?
Is it fair for you to pay your mother to babysit your two small children ? And if so, how much money would be fair to pay her ?
This is such a difficult question! I'm a mother of 2 young kids and this is what I would do:
It all depends on whether it's regular babysitting (like, more than once a week and requiring a regular ongoing commitment from her), or not.
If it's regular (e.g. as a form of childcare to allow you to go to work), then I would think you should pay her (or at the very least offer to - or arrange for some gift-in-kind instead). Since she is the grandmother of the young kids, I wouldn't think the amount paid need be as high as a professional daycare provider.
On the other hand, if the babysitting is not 'regular' (e.g it's just to allow you to attend social events occasionally; or it's 'backup' childcare for the odd day when the kids usual childcare is unavailable such as public holidays & you still have to work) then you really shouldn't be expected to pay her. Although a small gift like some home made muffins might be a nice gesture.
Hope this helps. Like I said it is a difficult question and I'm really eager to see what others have to say, especially the grandmothers.
Personally, I don't think that you should have to pay a grandparent to watch their grandchildren. It is a way for them to spend time with them... and you shouldn't have to pay someone to spend time with your kids.
From a personal view, I have parents (both my husband and mine) that are very reluctant to watch our kids. In return, because they act like my children are such a hassle, we have slowly stopped going over to visit at times.
Granted your question is about paying, but I guess what I am getting at is they should be happy to spend time with the grandkids, which means no payment is necessary. However, if they are watching them daily, I would do something to show my gratitude!
Whatever two people agree with is fair. Does she want to be paid? If so, ask her how much she wants. Then decide if that's within your budget.
Grandparents are not obligated to babysit their grandchildren. They've already raised a family.
That said, I do not charge to watch my grandchildren. But that doesn't mean my time isn't valuable, I just don't need the money and I watch them when I choose to or in an emergency situation.
Well that really depends. My mom babysits my kids while we work and I dont really pay her. She loves them and wants to spend time with them. She conciders it their bonding time while we work. But If i had lot of extra money i pay her somthing if i can. Also if she needs anything like gas money or somthing and i can i do it for her watching the girls.
by Devika Primić 4 years ago
Should grandparents charge a fee for babysitting their grandchildren?Taking care of grandchildren should be such joy and pleasure. A time to develop new connections. Do you think grandparents should charge a fee for their time spent with grandchildren? It depends on the financial...
by ThatFatGuy 7 years ago
If you could bring back one person from the past who would that be?It can be family members, historical people, famous or infamous just tell why
by Elena 8 years ago
Secret Camera for Baby Sitters.Is it right to leave a secret camera filming a Baby Sitter, to monitor if a child is being looked after properly.?
by Twila Nelson 7 years ago
With single parent homes and two income families, I know that being with loving Grandparents is a safe place for small children and babies. I do have a concern about when it is fair for the grandparents to be paid. And how much money is fair for grandparents to be paid. What is fair for...
by Sondra Rochelle 2 years ago
What is a fair price to charge to clean someone's house or condo?Just curious. If someone has a 1500 sq foot house that has no carpet or drapes, kids, pets, etc., how much do you think a house cleaner should charge? I have seen rates that go anywhere from a flat rate of $40 to $120 and...
by Nick Lucas 6 years ago
I don’t understand this concept that Obama and many liberals keep clinging to…..So allow me to make it simple. If everyone is taxed at say 10% people who make more do pay more as 10% of a greater amount is more……example 10% of 100 = 10 ...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|