April - posted on 03/30/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
My brother is getting married in Miami!! Three families will be bringing their children, total of 5 kids (all potty trained) who know each other well and get along. There will be two evenings when the adults want to party sans kids. I am considering asking our 19-year old sitter (who watches our kids after school for a few hours) to come with us. We would pay for her flight and a private hotel room. In exchange, we would like her to watch the 5 kids from 8pm-ish until the early morning on both nights. Barring unforeseen circumstances, all kids should be asleep by 10pm. She would have the days to herself. We've never done this before, so would appreciate feedback from those more experienced. Do we pay her some sort of stipend or is a "free" weekend in Miami the payment? What are the downsides to my plan? What other things should I be thinking of? Thanks in advance for the advice and suggestions.