So I had posted on my FB about looking for an occasional babysitter for the odd time my husband and I want a night out for dinner, or run some errands with no children etc.. One of my friends recommended care.com. I am not a fan of finding a babysitter for my 4 year old on a website like that, or kijiji for that matter. Something about it seems uncomfortable.
I decided to entertain the idea of care.com and was SHOCKED at what the women there are asking for an hourly rate. $10-12. Are they serious? I feel like I'm being punked or something! If we decided to go out for dinner from 7-10p.m. I would have to pay them $30 is not more, and our child goes to bed at 8 or 8:30, so she would just be sitting and watching tv for the remaining time. I am not paying someone $10/hr to watch tv.. They must be new!
I used to watch 2 kids from 7ish and spend the night. The mom used to get home around 1 or 2 in the morning and I got $40. That was plenty.. Has the cost really gone up that much?
At that rate, I should tax them while I'm at it ... If this is how much people want, we will never go out. My mil normally would watch Noah, but lately when we ask its the same stupid excuse "I have to clean my house"... We asked her on Saturday to watch Noah from 6-10pm, and she said no because she had to clean... She is only one person, had ALL day, plus Sunday... I know she isn't obligated to watch him, but she moved from Toronto to be here with us to help with Noah, and now its always this excuse.
So we need someone else.. I just don't know where to start, and I am not willing to pay them $10-12/hr.. That's just insane. Its a babysitting job on occasion, not a full time position. I am not a business, I don't think I should have to pay minimum wage for crying out loud.. Am I being ridiculous?