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I'm just curious to see how other grown women view this topic. I personally feel that it's inappropriate to charge someone to watch their kids if you already have a job and a child of your own (unless your job is being a daycare provider). As long as the person brings food or money for food for their own kids, then I'm fine with not being paid.

Do or would you charge someone you know money to watch their kids, even if you have children of your own and were already going to be staying home?

  • Definitely yes.

    13%
  • Maybe, depending on how well I know the person, how long I'm watching the kids, etc.

    66%
  • Never! Teenagers get paid to babysit. I'm a grown woman with my own job!

    8%
  • As long as they bring food or money for food, I won't charge them.

    11%
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TristensMa...
Submitted by at 5:32 AM on Jan. 28, 2010
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Do or would you charge someone you know money to watch their kids, even if you have children of your own and were already going to be staying home?

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TristensMa...
Submitted by at 5:32 AM on Jan. 28, 2010
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  • Freela
    Submitted by   at 10:44 PM on January 28, 2010

    Depends... if it was every day, of course I would charge them! Even if I'm home with my own kids, I would not take on another child that isn't mine every day without some kind of compensation.
    If it's once in awhile for a friend, I don't charge for anything like that!

  • justanothe...
    Submitted by   at 1:26 PM on February 1, 2010

    What Freela said. Even as a SAHM if a friend wanted me to watch their kids every single day for an extended amount of time (like all day) I would charge them AND expect them to provide some of the food. More kids = more work. I already have 4 of my own. If it was after school for an hour each day or just once in awhile I wouldn't charge but would accept any money they might want to give me.

  • Mommy4000
    Submitted by   at 12:54 PM on February 3, 2010

    As a here and there sort of thing no. I have one good friend that I trust with my kids and she always helps me out when I need a last minute babysitter and never expects to get paid. I am always happy to return the favor, no charge. That's what friends are for... but if it were going to be on a regular schedule than I would want to work out something and be compensated for at least meals provided daily.

  • crazywith4
    Submitted by   at 11:20 AM on February 4, 2010

    Ditto what the other moms said. I too have friends with kids that we all switch off once in a while and money is never brought up, but if it's everyday? yeah, maybe. Or if it's someone I'm not as close to and maybe I'd be afraid they'd take advantage, or they are just the kind of person who would be more comfortable paying...so it totally depends. Just like I wouldn't dream of insulting a friend by trying to pay them for spending time with my kids, but if it was someone I wasn't as close to, I wouldn't want to feel like I was taking advantage. You know?

  • MommaSherm...
    Submitted by   at 12:17 PM on February 11, 2010

    If it's a daily thing...YES! If it's just a one time favor that might be repaid, then no. So, if I was a SAHM and my friend wasn't and she wanted me to watch her kid...I would charge her in a heart beat. Sorry, my time is worth something. And if I didn't, chances are I would get taken advantage of.

  • Owl_Feathe...
    Submitted by   at 4:49 PM on February 12, 2010

    this is so what i'm currently going through! i've been watching my friend's son 2 plus days a week since october, for at least 12 hours and for free because I felt weird asking my friend for money. But that recently changed and she will start paying me. It's only fair! I have a 21 month old and have to wake up at 4am to pick up her son.

  • SheetyMeez
    Submitted by   at 1:28 AM on April 21, 2010

    Depends on a lot of things. If it's a good friend I won't charge no matter what. If it's someone I don't know as well I may charge them. Also, if it's for a ridiculous amount of hours or becomes a frequent thing, I will not do it...period. Unless it's a very good friend & she's working and her kid behaves well. If it's someone I'm not very close to and they just want to go out & have a good time, I will either charge or just not do it. If they are working or doing important things I may not charge unless they insist.

  • freakxxsho...
    Submitted by   at 5:55 PM on April 22, 2010

    I have a 2 year old son, and everyonce in a while I absolutly NEED someone to watch him. I work and go to college, and only get 4-12 hours of work a week, But I figure since they are FAMILY and I watch THEIR kids when they need me to, they shouldn't charge me. We need to work together and help people, instead of being gready.

  • 1baby2
    Submitted by   at 11:19 PM on August 3, 2010

    I agree with the first few answers.

  • Parkers_Mo...
    Submitted by   at 1:21 AM on September 18, 2010

    My friends and I help each other out. Sometimes I might watch their kid(s) and then they watch mine. It's not an everyday occurrence but if I needed a friend to watch my son all the time I'd pay them

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