hi my name is Angel and I’m 34and I’m a single mother of a nine-year-old boy. I just found out yesterday that I am being Forced to leave my home with my son by my landlord who is my mother. Since April 2018 I have been babysitting for my cousin’s nine month old daughter for free over 40 hours a week. Since I need to find a new place to live and I only make $741 a month from disability, I think that I need to start charging her something for watching her daughter. But how much should I charge her? since I need to find a new place to live and I only make $741 a month from disability, I think that I need to start charging her something for watching her daughter. But how much should I charge her? she’s a manager at KFC in West Carrollton Ohio and she says she only makes $14 an hour and the cost of childcare in Ohio is anywhere from $10-$15 an hour. So I’m confused as what to do. Any advice is helpful ...

3721woadie - posted on 08/27/2018 ( 2 moms have responded )

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how much to charge a family member for babysitting when toddler. I’ve been babysitting for her for free in April over 40 hours a week . I’m a single mom of a nine-year-old boy who is currently looking for a place to live I’m a single mom of a nine-year-old boy who is currently looking for a place to live So we need the money desperately

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Beth - posted on 08/28/2018

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Angel -

I suspect this will turn into a problem if you don't carefully explain to your cousin why you've been watching her daughter for free and now wish to be paid. You're going to have to explain the change in your circumstances so she understands you're not just trying to get her money.
I think you might be thinking about this the wrong way. I think the first thing you need to consider is how much income you're going to need. $741 isn't very much if you're going to have to rent a place and buy food and gas. Once you know that, you can consider whether it's reasonable to charge your cousin the extra you need. To get a feel, I'd start by multiplying the number of hours you watch the child by your states minimum wage. If that number is close to what you need, then that could be a starting point for discussion with your cousin. if it's not, if you need quite a bit more, I think you're going to have to tell your cousin you can't watch her daughter because you need to get a jot that supports you. If you have a serious disability, that could be difficult, but it seems to me that's the problem you need to focus on.
Good Luck

Beth

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