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Would it be too much... Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6487 posts
12th Jun '13

Or inappropriate, or rude...?



I babysit my "niece and nephew" (they're not really, but I consider them to be) Monday through Friday. Their mom drops them off at about 6:30 am and picks them up at around 6:15pm. My nephew is 3 and my niece is 4 months old.



Right now, she pays me $150 weekly (for both of them). Yes, I know it's cheap. Part of the point is that me watching them is cheaper than putting them in a daycare facility.



But, honestly, I want to ask for a little more than that. Even if we did just $175 or $200 weekly, it'd help me out.



I've been watching them for like 2.5 months now. (This time anyway. I've watched my nephew before, prior to his sister being born for $100/weekly).



Would it be rude to ask her if she can pay more than that? Or inappropriate, since we've already been going at this rate for a while?



Opinions? Input?

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
12th Jun '13

I wouldn't, since you've already established that as a rate, and she probably budgets her money accordingly.

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20987 posts
12th Jun '13

I don't think $200 is too much to ask at all. If she didn't have you she'd be paying $400 for daycare and most daycares aren't even open all of the hours that you're watching the kids.

mommy2thing1&thing2 Due November 11 (girl); 2 kids; Phoenix, Arizona 3064 posts
12th Jun '13

i wouldnt unless you say next month or something to give her enough heads up, plus your running the risk of her deciding some one else will watch them :/

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9567 posts
12th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rain (aka Mama):</b>" Or inappropriate, or rude...? I babysit my "niece and nephew" (they're not really, but I consider them ... [snip!] ... if she can pay more than that? Or inappropriate, since we've already been going at this rate for a while? Opinions? Input? "</blockquote>




I don't think it would be rude but if she says no we've already agreed to said amount you can't get mad and quit on her. IMO.

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
12th Jun '13
Quoting mommy2thing1&thing2:" i wouldnt unless you say next month or something to give her enough heads up, plus your running the risk of her deciding some one else will watch them :/"


:!: And then you'd entirely lose that income.

Vitameatavegamin 19 kids; League City, Texas 5829 posts
12th Jun '13

My honest opinion... if you agreed to it, you should stick to it.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
12th Jun '13

How much does she make? If probably keep it the same if she was working r min wage and trying To support her family. But I'm nice like that and care more about helping others than the money. But If She's makin good money that's just taking advantage of your kindness and I'd for sure ask for more.

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9567 posts
12th Jun '13

Double post!!

The Doctor 2 kids; Whiskey d**k Mountain, WA, United States 59994 posts
12th Jun '13

I do not think it's out of line, that's 60 hours per week which means you're making 2.50 per hour. $200/week is still only 3.33 an hour.



I don't think that's out of line, and I'd just explain that you are trying hard to help her out (and are making yourself available for a huge amount of time) and maybe give her a month of the current rate to re-budget?

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6487 posts
12th Jun '13
Quoting sαяα:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Rain (aka Mama):</b>" Or inappropriate, or rude...? I babysit ... [snip!] ... I don't think it would be rude but if she says no we've already agreed to said amount you can't get mad and quit on her. IMO."


Well, I didn't mean saying "Hey, I'm raising my price and that's that", but just asking if she would be able to pay a little more than what she's paying. If not, then I'll just deal with it.

Ravey Candyass 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Boston, Massachusetts 105463 posts
12th Jun '13
Quoting The Doctor:" I do not think it's out of line, that's 60 hours per week which means you're making 2.50 per hour. $200/week ... [snip!] ... out (and are making yourself available for a huge amount of time) and maybe give her a month of the current rate to re-budget?"


:!: I'd go up to $200. I'd assume you're feeding these kids , well at least the olderone, as well. once the younger once starts solids, that's more money out of your pocket.

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6487 posts
12th Jun '13

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_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
12th Jun '13

Personally? I'd probably leave it be. The difference between 150 a week and 200 a week is $200 a month. That's a lot to increase it by, you know? I feel like you agreed to the amount, you should stick with it unless something has changed that makes you feel like it is no longer fair. If you really feel that you deserve more, you can ask, but IMO you need to ask with a good bit of time (say a month or two notice) and be ready for her to feel upset about it.

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9567 posts
12th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rain (aka Mama):</b>" Well, I didn't mean saying "Hey, I'm raising my price and that's that", but just asking if she would be able to pay a little more than what she's paying. If not, then I'll just deal with it."</blockquote>




Ok? I wasn't saying that's what you would do.I guess what I meant is, you should talk to her about it not go in demanding more money. If that makes sense. Lol!