Momof1 - posted on 09/16/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )
I'm trying to get a job that has hours of 4 PM to 12 AM. I would work 7 days a week, then have 3 days off. The problem is my husband doesn't get home until 6 PM. My husbands sister said she would watch our son from about 3:30 to 6, for us. Because the days are weird, (7 days on, 3 days off) I might work as little as 1 day from Monday to Friday or as many as 5 days Mon. through Friday (not counting the weekend, since my husband is home.) So I was just wondering how much would be suitable to pay her. She lives about 2 miles from us and she wouldn't really have to "do" anything with him, except maybe change a diaper. He would already be fed until dinner, already have napped. She would just need to watch and play with him.
Also, I might be asking my sister (who lives about 30 minutes, 15 miles I think away) to watch him 1 day, as to not put so much pressure on his sister. Would I pay her more, since she drives further?
I was thinking that for his sister $20.00 a week sounds good, but I don't know if that is really low. That isn't even $5.00 an hour. But she wouldn't be doing much. I do know that if I had an actual, unrelated to us, babysitter, the rate would be higher.
I also wanted to ask how to go about finding a trustworthy babysitter. My husband thinks we should start looking, since we do not have family or grandparents to watch him. Just his sister or my sister. And all my friends live pretty far away just to watch him for a couple hours. I am very un-trustful of hiring somebody we do not know, because no matter how much you look at their background, you just never know. I do have a couple neighbors around here (that I don't really know) that stay at home with their kids, but I thought it would be weird to just go up to them and ask them, since I don't really know them. Thanks for all your help.