Is $6.50 per hour enough... **edit in red** **2nd Edit in Blue - A TEACHER replied to my Care.com posting**
... to pay a college student to watch my kids full time over the summer? I mean, I won't be using it as a tax deduction, so me paying her $6.50 an hour cash is comparable to the take home she would make in a job for an employer who taxes her on an $8.00 per hour income.
$6.50 an hour comes out to about $260 a week... for cake hours and no evenings or weekends. I would need her at the house by 8:30 and my husband would be home between 3:30 and 4:00 every day. I do not expect her to clean my house. lol! She is the daughter of my 2nd cousin.
All in all, I didn't think $52 a day was that bad! Maybe I should just enroll them in the local childcare center and call it a day. I would pay the same amount there (for a teacher who's take home is LESS than $6.50 an hour. lol!)
Btw... they are 5 and 11. my DD will turn 6 during the summer.
Ok... so I also posted on care.com. NEVER in a million years would I have expected a teacher to respond! The pay was clearly posted... no way she could have mistaken the salary. NO WAY... and she emailed me anyway! If I could get a teacher at that rate...OMG I would love it! She is 23, unmarried, is degreed with teaching certificate and is currenly working as a para. I almost feel the need to turn her down though... I would feel GUILTY paying her $6.50 an hour to watch my kids but cannot afford anymore than $7 per hour. AT that point I'm better off putting them in summer camp for $130 per kid.