My middle daughter is 16 and babysits a few nights a week for a family with two girls 8 and 10. She's there from 3-10pm on those nights.
Their mom makes a plate for the girls and puts it in the fridge before she leaves. But, I was surprised to learn that they were not feeding my daughter dinner and that she's been ordering pizza for herself with her own money. I told her to stop doing that because she was spending her babysitting money on food that they should be providing and she told me that's not how it works anymore.
It that accurate? Is it common not to feed the babysitter dinner? Or not to tell them to help themselves to whatever is in the kitchen? Are they responsible for bringing or buying their own food?
I know when my kids were little and we had a sitter, I ALWAYS made sure there was food for them- if I had not shopped, I would leave money for them to order a pizza, even if my kids had dinner for themselves
ETA: She babysits so mom and dad can go to their bowling leagues and then drinks three nights a week. This is not like a single working mom situation AT ALL. She is paid $7.25 an hour.
ETA 2: Last night we all decided would be the last time she babysat for this family. They were supposed to home at 11, did not get home until 1 am and DD could tell they'd been drinking, so she called my husband in the middle of the night to come get her because she wasn't comfortable with them driving her.