How much to pay a babysitter

Inquiring - posted on 04/15/2017 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello moms! Let me start off by thanking you for going through the grueling 9+months of child bearing while putting up with us men at the same time. As you probably already guessed I am not a mom but yet a dad. I do not do social media and I was looking for an answer to a question which you definitely don't find most men talking about.
Before I start I am not looking for put downs or strong opinions, I am just looking for a direct answer to the question I have to ask.
First off I live in Southern Louisiana where wages are very low compared to other places in the country. My wife and I just hired a part time babysitter for the very few days(weekends)/nights that we need her. We have another weekly babysitter that watches our 2.5 year old son for $20 a day which I find extremely low so at times at the end of the week I'll give here a little extra since I feel she's worth it and also she watches 5-7 other kids and I imagine the stress she goes through so, in my mind, I feel like the "bonus" helps relieve some of that stress...
So on to my question. The 19 year old that we "hired" for the part time part of the sitting originally asked for $5 an hour which I thought was way too under rated so we told her we'd give her $7.50 p/hr (LA minimum wage is $7.25) We also told her she is welcomed to anything in the refrigerator/pantry or we would order out for her plus if need be that she had to drive we would pay for gas. My son is a typical, normal 2.5 year old and he doesn't require much "watching" just regular attention that any child his age would. I honestly do not know if she is CPR certified but, even if she was, it only cost about $20-$25 for an online course that takes under an hour to get so I wouldn't feel like that would be something extra to pay for giving the fact that the vast majority of parents are not even certified in that technique. I myself was an EMT once so I have had training and am currently CPR certified but even I would do like anyone else in an emergency situation would do and that would be to call 911 which most children could do. Let me add that we, my wife and I, do expect proper care of our child and did do interviews before we decided on her seeming that we felt most comfortable with her.
I don't want to feel cheap and be fair is why I am inquiring on this. After reading some other post where moms brought up the part of "taxes" and being tax free it's like she's getting paid almost $9 an hour plus the extras we throw in.
My main question is am I being reasonable or is that cheap?
Thank you
Inquiring Papa

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Ev - posted on 04/15/2017

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Where I live (Arkansas) a lot of the people posting for nannies and sitters are offering anywhere from 10 to 30 dollars an hour.

Inquiring - posted on 04/15/2017

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Yes she did except the offer and was very thankful and did a great job. thank you for your feedback Dove

Dove - posted on 04/15/2017

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Did she accept the offer? Babysitting rates vary quite a bit from place to place and sometimes even person to person. If she originally asked for $5/hour and you are paying her more than that I think it is perfectly fine.

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