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Would it be terrible if I asked my sister...

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for $70 a month to watch her kids (ages 6 & 9) three nights a week?

I ask this because we would like to move to their complex...and right now she pays her friend $70 a week to watch her girls 3 nights a week. The $70 would help tremendously with our bills since the rent is about $50 more than we can afford spend per month.

We love those girls and they love our son. I would do it for free no question. We were all raised with the understanding that if a family member needs help and we are able...we dont charge them for it.

I am conflicted.

What do you ladies thing? Is it shallow of me to ask?


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by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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by Bronze Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM
One problem I see is you'd be gettig a place you can't afford. What if your sister says one day she doesn't want to pay you to do it anymore. Now you are short $50 every month. Seems like a risk to overspend expecting family to make up the difference by paying for a service you are offering.
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by Sarah on Nov. 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM
Be Ed hurts to ask
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by Sarah on Nov. 14, 2012 at 8:39 AM
Never hurts to ask
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by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

That's a really low amount for monthly help.  I think that is fair.  And if it is a regular sitting job, that is different from here-and-there babysitting.  I don't charge my family when they need a sitter here and there.  But when I used to watch my nephew on a regular basis, my brother and sister paid me to do it.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM
Are you feeding them? If so I would maybe ask for $40-$50.
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I think if you explain your situation to her, she may just be happy to do it. She is paying someone else anyway, I don't see the problem.

by Colleen on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I dont think there is anything wrong with it.Thats a lot cheaper then daycare and you are someone she can trust

by Brian's Lil Vixen on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I wouldnt...But you could ask and see what happens...
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by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

If it was something you were going to do on a regular basis, I think that would be perfectly fine. 

by Tiff on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I think you deserve to be paid, but I PERSONALLY wouldn't ever be able to ask a family to pay me for babysitting. I watch my niece sometimes and my BIL always tries to pay me and I almost always say no. I think I did take the money a time or two, but that was only because I was watching her insane hours and I also knew he could afford to pay me. (again, it was offered I didn't ask) Then again, I have also been taken advantage of when it comes to baby sitting and you need to be careful and speak up for yourself if you feel you are being used.

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