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Am I asking for too much?

I babysit a 14 month old boy. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. From 1:15- 4:15. I recently asked for a raise and laid down some ground rules.
I said that I needed $4 per hour on weekdays and $6 an hour on Saturdays. Also I said that they could no longer bring himover when he is running a fever over 100 or vomiting. And that I wanted paid in cash. Is that too much to ask?? The mother is throwing a absolute fit. They are looking for another babysitter, and didnt even tell me. I said the changes would be effective on January 1st. Should I just quit on them now? Because I know once they find someone else they will not give me any notice. They have proven to me that they are the most selfish unconsiderate people I have ever met!

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Asked by MommyMel03 at 12:10 PM on Dec. 9, 2008 in Money & Work

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  • What state are you in?
    I think that is way too little money..
    I was a nanny back in 1989 and I made triple that...
    It is different state to state though.

    Answer by Dannee at 12:13 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • ABSOLUTELY NOT! people up here day care and home providers charge a daily rate usually that is cheaper than there hourly rate... makes no sense to me but hey... they usually charge 4-5 an hour and/or 20-30 dollars for a normal work day and good luck getting one on ANY weekend usually. oh and the kicker is $1 for every minute after closing time.

    Answer by watersgirls at 12:14 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • I want to know what they are doing for 3 hours that they need a sitter? And why on earth would anyone take their child out of the house when he has a fever or vomiting. I thing you should have quit then!!
    Unless they are having some kind of cancer treatment, I think you should quit.

    Answer by at 12:14 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • I live in Ohio and they work seperate shifts. So the Dad has to leave at 1:15 and the mom gets off at 4:00.

    Answer by MommyMel03 at 12:22 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • OH and get this....The mother told one of theother moms I babysit for that she was gonna have to claim it on her taxes if I'm going to charge that much! Not to mention when I first started babysitting for them I said I was doing this under the table. They have me so mad. I just want to leave, they are supposed to be bringing him today at 1:15 and I feel like leaving. They havent told me any of this to my face.

    Answer by MommyMel03 at 12:27 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • Ok I am hearing this and 4 and hour still does not seem like much..
    I live on the east coast so you get more money here.

    Answer by Dannee at 12:32 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • Not to mention both of the parent work good jobs making around $20 an hour. Am I asking for too much or is what their doing bullcrap and I should just quit. Should I even give notice? I dont want to they have made me so angry.

    Answer by MommyMel03 at 12:34 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • No one around here babysits as cheap as me. They all want like 20-30 a day no matter how long the kid is there. These ppl think I am asking too much with all my "rules"

    Answer by MommyMel03 at 12:35 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • what seriously? i would love to find someone that cheap!! Confront her on it and say if shes going to find another sitter then the least she cud do is tell you. A child is not even allowed at school when they are vomitting or have a fever why the hell would it be ok to take them to an in home day care? that lady has issues. what were you charging before?

    Answer by angelgrl5200 at 1:20 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • You're definitely not asking too much with the method of payment you accept and rules as far as the child having to be healthy. I would probably not pay $4/hr though, although it REALLY depends on the area you live in. In Michigan, the most people really charge is $2.50 per child...although if I was needing part time, wanting my child to have one on one attention, and having someone flex to my schedule, I can see paying more.

    Answer by kabbot01 at 1:37 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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