Can i babysit for 5 days 24 hours?

Mom4ever - posted on 11/13/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hi my name is eliza and i am a baby sitter, recently i moved to a different house, so sadly i left those kids i used to babysit, suddenly todY i got a call from a parent whose daughter i used to babysit. He asked me to babysit her daughter (as he can trust me) from sunday night to friday night, so she will be with her parents for only 2 days. In my knowledge i can babysit for 24 hrs but i have no idea about 5 days a week and how much i am going to charge...still confused because it is a huge responsibility. Any suggestion regarding my question wil be appreciated. And what should i ask them like proof of residence or birth certificate etc etc

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Dove - posted on 11/13/2012

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You said used to babysit her.... It's not your current job right now and you should not feel responsible to raise this kid.



Charge them $240/day. I got $10/hour to nanny, so I think that's fair. If they don't like it.... maybe they'll raise their own kid.

Amy - posted on 11/13/2012

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Do they travel for work, unless they both have jobs that require traveling I wouldn't do it. Most parents don't want to just drop their kids off for 5 days at a time.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/14/2012

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It sounds to me like they are trying to pawn off their kid for convenience.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/14/2012

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One more thought. Why don't you go to them, and stay at there house until they get home from work? Why is that not a possiblity for them? And yes, i would be charging for hourly rate at least $16 per hour, plus the cost of food, diapers etc. This sounds really extreme that they want you to have their kid 24 hours per day. That is a lot of work. You will essentially be raising this child. And what about when they want to go out on the weekends? That would mean you could potentially have them 7 days per week. At least if you sat at their home, you could leave once at least one parent got home. What you are describing is being a live in nanny, but you are providing your own home. I would not be doing this personally.

Amy - posted on 11/13/2012

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Most daycares that do those extended hours get more for overnights, I wouldn't do it for any less than $1,000 a week maybe more depending on where you live. Not only will you be responsible for caring for a child 120 hours a week you will have to provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all snacks. You will also not be able to do anything during the week without bringing the child along, so if you want to go out to dinner or grab coffee with a friend you will have to bring the child along.

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Mom4ever - posted on 11/13/2012

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Exactly, if I am taking this child, i'll have to take her with me everywhere.

Mom4ever - posted on 11/13/2012

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I have no idea, how can anyone just leave their baby like that, but i am a babysitter and i have to do my job and I know their daughter is attached with me. Do anyone of you have an idea about what to charge them for 5 days/week?

Dove - posted on 11/13/2012

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They want someone else to RAISE their child for them 24 hours/day, 5 days/week..... Are you up for that? It would be just like you have custody of this child and her parents have weekend visitations...... WHAT exactly are they doing this entire time that they would rather have someone else watch their kid for 5 days straight over finding child care close to home, so that they could see their kid every day?

Mom4ever - posted on 11/13/2012

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They live far from my house and they are saying that it is not possible for them to come on daily basis and they are saying that they only feel safe working with me.

Dove - posted on 11/13/2012

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That's not babysitting. That's taking custody and raising someone else's kid.



I don't know if you 'could' legally do that or not. I suppose so if you are living in their house, but that is not a situation I would get into at all. What are BOTH of her parents doing 24/7 for 5 days straight that they can't take care of their kid at all?

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