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Do you think this is fair

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My SIL (DH's sister) has asked me to watch her kids during the summer while she is at work. She has a 5 and 8 year old. I get the impression that she wants me to do it for free, which is not happening. I am a stay at home mom to my 10, 7 and 4 year olds and I just found out I am pregnant again so having an extra 2 kids to cart around all summer would be an inconvenience. The biggest thing is I want to be take my kids out to do stuff like movies, the beach, water park things like that and I won't be able to afford to do as much if I also have to pay for my niece and nephew.

She wants my to watch them Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM.  I am thinking about telling her that I will do it for $120 a week if she will buy them both season passes for the water park (they are on special $150 for 2). She hasn't even talked about a price and like I said, I think she is wanting me to do it for free. Do you think the price I am asking is reasonable?  This would include feeding them while they are with me breakfast and lunch and all activities except the water park passes which she will pay for.

Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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by on Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Thats more than fair
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by Platinum Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM
It really shouldn't be viewed any different than a field trip that parent are expected to pay for. OP doesn't have to watch her kids. 2 more children is A LOT. I would expect to be paid, and since it is such a low weekly rate, mom should have no problem paying for the extras. If she does, she can find someone else to watch her children, as it is not the OPs responsibility.

Quoting Anonymous:

I think if you want to charge her, you should bring that up, but if I were her, I guess I'd be thinking that you're at home all day with kids anyway, what would be wrong with two more, who are family.. she should at least have offered to pay you instead of assuming you'd do it for free. As far as you taking her kids with you to different activities, she should for sure pay for her own kids, but in my opinion, if you're charging her to babysit you should be paying for them to join you, she isn't asking you to take them out to do anything.. I don't know, I think its a tough situation because it is family. Good luck!

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