Mary Renee - posted on 08/31/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )
I was looking to start watching children in my own home so that I'd be able to stay home with my 15-month-old daughter.
Several of the moms that's I've talked to that are looking for sitters upwards of 25 hours/week said they aren't willing to pay more than $600 PER MONTH. To me that is incrediably low! That's like $6/hour when minimum wage is $8/hour. I have a B.A. and over 5 years experience in childcare with children ages 2-10 years old. Even then I was making between $9/hour and $12.50/hour.
When I asked my sister about this (who makes over $20/hour sometimes for babysitting!) she said that it's fair that I get paid less than minimum wage since my own child will be with me and therefore I won't have to find a sitter for her. I disagreed completely - I'm still providing the same service, it's not like it's any less difficult because I have a child.
What do you Mamas think? I don't want to be money hungry but at the same time I don't want to sell myself short. What would you suggest.
****BTW, as I mentioned before I live in Honolulu, an urban city with an extremely high cost of living. I say this because I know prices vary regionally, and minimum wage is totally different in Australia.***