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How much should I pay an adult babysitter

Tonight me and dh are going out and dh got his friend to babysit our 6 yr old. The guy is a single parent and really broke.
The friend said he doesn't want money and is just happy to get out of the house.
My dh insists on paying.
We will be gone about 4 hours, what would be an affordable amount to offer?


Asked by wheresthewayout at 1:20 PM on Apr. 18, 2011 in General Parenting

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Answers (7)
  • I wouldn't pay less than $20.

    Answer by an-apple-a-day at 1:21 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • $10/hr, regardless of the age of babysitter.

    Answer by dullscissors at 1:24 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • $30.

    Answer by mompam at 1:22 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • $30 sounds good, especially for 6. Maybe offer to watch his child for free in exchange if he absolutely refuses :) And have a great night out!

    Answer by yesmaam at 1:23 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • $25-$30

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 1:27 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • I agree with $10 per hour. You also might look at the ads on to see what people pay/charge in your area. You can look at posts without registering.

    Answer by elizabr at 1:51 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • $10/hour sounds good

    Answer by vgaines at 4:13 PM on Apr. 18, 2011