Hi, Ladies. This is the best place I could find to post this. This is kind of long. Our DCP has been watching our son for almost 2-years. He's five. She is a neightbor/friend who did us a huge favor when we were in desperate need of a sitter and we've been blessed to have her and she said she's been blessed to watch our son. Since I have a pretty lenient job schedule (I've been there for 24-years!) there were times when I'd go to work late if she had a doctors appt or things she'd have to get done early in the morning. And there's been times I left work early so she could be at a 5:00-5:30 appt. She was just a stay at home mom (her youngest is 19), and didn't run a day care. Since she said this child care is what she's meant to do, she took on a couple other kids back in September. She's thinking of becoming licensed and all that good stuff. From the beginning we agreed to pay her $100 (M-Th) everyweek. Rather he's there or not. Plus, holidays. Just like we did with our other sitter. I told her about two months ago that we're going on vacation and two of the weeks in June, he will only be there a total of four days. I asked her if she would just let us pay for the four days he's there. So, basically she'd get $100 instead of $200, since he's not going to be there. She just kind of gave me that look like, "I'll think about it". I told her to let me know by the middle of May. So I asked her today if she gave anymore thought to it, and she said she'd like $150. That's meeting us half way. Ladies, I'm f&*king furious! I didn't let her see that though. The reason I'm so made is because: One - We've delayed our work schedules before to work around her doctor's appts and I don't think we're asking too much. Secondly - I told her the only reason we even asked to just pay her when he was there is because we was not aware that we wouldn't be able to park the boat where our cabin is. So, now we have to pay a $30/day docking fee. And lastly, which she doesn't know this, I was going to give her daughter $25 of the money I wasn't paying her for her daughter's graduation. Since we'll be on vacation during the open house. My S/O if pissed! He's to the point of wanting to get a new DCP until school starts. Please let me know how your DCP handles you going on vacation, and if you're a DCP, please tell me how you handle it. Also, how do DCP handle bereavement? Thanks for any feedback.