Just read a job listing: $3.75/hr to babysit another person's child. No indication of age or level of difficulty.
As a mother, I know money is tight and I love when people are willing to work for little or no money. However, I never ask them to. I usually ask them how much they want to be paid, and if I can't afford that amount I try to find someone else.
But, as a stay-at-home mom, I know that the job of caring for a kid is worth much more than $3.75/hr.
I went on payscale.com one day when I had nothing better to do and I calculated the going salary for every job that a SAHM assumes the role of. Try it sometime. Add all of that up, subtract taxes and FICA, and tell your SO you need compensation.
Okay...don't do that last part, that might cause issues.
But how much is caregiver worth? If you outsourced your mothering job to someone else (because you had another job to go to or because you needed a break or whatever the reason) how much would this other person deserve to get paid?
The most I have paid a person was $10/hr, but she took advantage of me in other ways, so if I was underpaying her I don't feel bad. The least I've paid is $5, but it was a dear friend who actually volunteers to watch my girls for free randomly (and I hate letting her because I feel like I am taking advantage of her).
Answer by Danda08 at 8:39 AM on May. 10, 2011
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