Do people ever assume you can babysit their children for free because you are a stay at home mom?

Rebecca - posted on 10/24/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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People have made comments to me like,"I have a meeting on such-and-such a day, and I'm going to need you to babysit for me." They assume I can babysit because "all I'm doing is being at home anyways." Have you ever had this happen? How did you deal with it?

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Chris - posted on 10/24/2009

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All the time!!! You HAVE to put your foot down and tell them you are busy with YOUR kids first, or if you do want to help, you have to make it VERY clear you need monetary compensation. When they tell you they need you babysit, tell them what your rates are (assuming you've never watched their kids for them before) or tell them you can't do it for free anymore (if you have watched them for free.)

You HAVE to put your foot down and stand your ground, otherwise a lot of people will walk all over you!!!

Good luck!!! :)

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