Do you pay your family members to babysit? A FEW QUESTIONS ADDED, UPDATE ADDED
Ok, that's fine and I will. I feel if I am gone more than 30 minutes, I need to pay for my son to be watched, family or not. I do expect a steep family discount, lol, but I would actually feel bad for having anyone watch my son without getting paid. My cousin loves him and offered to watch him while I was still pregnant. Plus, I feel she is doing me a favor and as a single woman things are really tight for her right now. I feel we are helping each other.
So, do you pay family to babysit your kids? Why or why not?
I have read all the replies and thanks for responding. I do have a few questions though. I am in no way trying to be snarky or tell you you're wrong, I am just really trying to understand.
If you take your kids to a non relative, you would pay them, right? Why wouldn't you pay family? Also, for those saying I would only pay the younger family members, why? Young or old shouldn't they all be offered to be compensated for their time? If they refuse payment, that's cool, at least it was offered.
I don't charge to watch my nephews or any other small relative. I do offer payment to watch my son. I feel like it's not their job to take care of him for free just because they are family and should be compensated for their time. Even if it's only $20 for a few hours, I feel I should offer something, especially with the way the economy is these days. Family or not I feel they are doing a job and they should get paid for it.
Wow! I didn't expect this many replies, thanks for taking a moment to leave your answers. I do agree with not paying if they ask to spend time and see my son, but if I ask, I offer to pay. I also think the Barter System is a great idea! I will watch your kids then next time you can watch mine, take them out to lunch or something. I will even pay with cookies, lol. I just feel I need to give or do something since they are doing me a huge favor.
Oh, just so I don't confuse anyone, I offered to pay my cousin and asked her to name her price. I thought $20 for that night was awesome!