Stacey - posted on 01/24/2011 ( 196 moms have responded )
I am babysitting for a couple that works swing shift. Their little boy is 2 and a half. On a short week I can have him 70 hours. A long week I can have him up to 150 hours. They have been known to leave him here for up to 4 days in a row. The only thing they provide are diapers, no wipes, or food of any kind. I started out charging them 150 a week but am thinking about uping my price since a lot of the things like the 150 hour weeks or 4 days in a row was not part of the agreement. What should I be charging them? And should I charge them extra on an hourly basis? The 150 hour weeks are when they work from 11pm to 7 am then go home and sleep for 8 hours on those days I have him no less than 18 hours a day if they even decide to come get him at all. They've also been known to leave him here and run errands sometimes not showing up here till 2 hours after they got out of work.
Yes I am being taken advantage of I am aware of that and I am trying to right the problem thinking if I charge them more they may straighten up. I just can't decide to up the total per week each week or just do it on an hourly basis. I live in Southwest Ohio for price reference points.