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Moms of 3 or More Do you have 3 or more children? Often times, parents with 3 or more kids face challenges that those of 1 or 2 just do not. This board was set up for those parents to ask others how they cope with issues such as making time for each child, who stays u

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Old 01-09-2002, 09:58 AM
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Question What to pay?

What do you pay for babysitting services? Do you pay by the child and by the hour? Do you have a flat hourly rate? Do you just offer 20 bucks for the evening?

I realize this will vary by state, but I'm curious what others are paying for time alone with their hubbies.

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Old 01-18-2002, 08:16 AM
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I live in Minnesota and I pay babysitters the way our hourly childcare centers charge. It's 4.00for the first child, and 1.00 for each additional child. That is what I pay hourly for an experienced babysitter.
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Old 02-22-2002, 12:35 PM
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In Washington, we found that babysitters were asking between $10-$12 per hour (for one child). We found an excellent sitter whom we paid $10 per hour to watch our four children. We used her for 4 hours in the evening, once per week for about six months so that my husand and I could go to a movie or out to dinner. We started out with the children in bed, then worked our way to leaving before bedtime I would tip her or pay her for a 1/2 hour extra on nights I really appreciated her sitting or putting the kids to bed.

She moved, and we haven't had a sitter for about three months. I found that it was more work trying to get ready for the babysitter to arrive, than it was worth going out with my husband. That, plus the expenses of babysitting ($40), plus dinner ($30-50) and/or a movie ($25) would add up.

Instead, we put the kids to bed at 8:30 pm and my husband and I find things we enjoy doing together around the house.

We are saving time and money, by staying home. We will purchase a dvd instead of going to the movie theatre. We can play games together on the x-box or computer. We take individual time, like playing music or messing with crafts, or photography. I also have joined a gym that I go to after the kids go to bed.

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Old 06-15-2002, 03:14 PM
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What to pay babysitters?

Hi Kelly-
We live in a larger metro area and we pay our sitters a flat hourly rate of $2.50/hr per kid.[(from what I can gather this is a bit more than some pay but close to the norm for our area)] This will vary slightly if the kids are all in bed when the sitter comes but we want our sitters to be available for us so we are generous and make it count when we hire a sitter. We try to double up on what we do when the sitter is over-combining eating out with grocery/errand running. Not always romantic but we get time alone and get things done at the same time. Works for us. Having kids is all about compromise, good luck finding a balance point you like.

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Old 06-17-2002, 05:17 AM
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In my area babysitters get about $5.00 per hour. My daughter babysits for 3 boys, one is 6 and a set of twins who are 7. She gets $10.00 an hour. The mother says it's well worth it because it's hard to find a sitter for 3 boys. Hope this helps!

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Old 06-17-2002, 07:23 AM
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Thank goodness we don't need to hire babysitters anymore!! They were so hard to find that I just gave up. When we did go, I would usually give them $20 for the evening--that was a good amount for here. (One parent called the next day to see if we made a mistake and gave his kid the wrong bill!!) I just wanted to keep them available by making it worth their time.

Now my dd's are old enough to babysit. DD-1 is 15 and she has a regular job that pays $2 hourly. She is OK with that, she likes the people. It is for one 3yo. DD-2 had a job last summer for a 1yo that paid $2.50 hourly for regular 8 hour days. She loved that!! At 13, she was taking home $100 a week. We insisted that at least half went into her savings account. Too bad the woman started working at the school this year and has summers off!!

I pay my own DD's $2 hourly to watch my 3yo DS.

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Old 06-17-2002, 12:12 PM
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Wow! I just checked into a babysitter for this week because of things going on and I thought that $3 an hour (for 2) was completely outrageous, but I guess that it isn't outrageous at all. I can't bleive some of the prices I just read. We haven't hired a babysitter for so long that I guess I have fallen out of touch with todays prices. Anyway, the going rate here (smalltown Iowa) is $2.00 per hour for the first child and $1.00 per hour for each child after that.
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Old 06-17-2002, 01:38 PM
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We have two boys (ages 10 & 8). For the last 5 years, our daughter, who is 18, has sat for us. Usually, we just paid her a flat fee for the evening.

Since she will be starting college in the fall, I guess I better get in gear and see how much babysitters are getting in my area. (Southeast Louisiana)

Has anyone out there ever belonged to one of those "Co-ops" where people trade babysitting services on a regular basis? If so, how did it work......exactly? I've heard of them before but never actually belonged to one.
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Old 06-18-2002, 09:59 AM
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Wow I'm glad I live in Iowa also! We get high school girls and pay them $2 an hour (for our 3- but I paid that when it was one). However, I always round up, & pay for 1-2 hours extra when they drive to our house. Additionally, I have food & snacks (including pop) that I think they like. They have always come back;-)

But we don't go out enough as it is...we'd never go if it cost $10 an hour!
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We pay about $2 or $2.50 an hour, depending on their experience. Sometimes I'll just give them $15 for the night. I find if we don't go out at least once a month, the kids get too clingy.

Do any of you remember babysitting for other kids and being expected to wash the dishes, clean the house, etc.?? We're lucky if we find a sitter who knows how to open up the dishwasher.

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