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Old 01-21-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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What is the going rate for baby sitters? I need ideas on the
Going rates for child care.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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What is the going rate for baby sitters? I need ideas on the
Going rates for child care.
$10-$12 an hour, realistically, for someone who's reasonable & certified. [Cary/Apex]

Ours is $12/hr (certified K-6 teacher).

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Old 01-22-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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I think $10/hr is probably around the average. But if you just need a high school kid to sit in front of your TV while your kids sleep then you could probably get by for as little as $6/hr.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Lucikly my neighbor's kid ( right across the street ) started to babysit so we paid her about $8 an hour. Figured it was in line with what minimum wage is ($7.75, right? ) Same as what Saucy said, we only have 1 kid and she goes to bed around 9 so she really only has to watch her for about 2 hours then she is sleeping.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:33 AM
 
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We use one of the preschool teachers at my sons daycare for our sitting needs. She only charges $8 and hour and is certified in cpr, etc. She's a really good artist and takes time to draw and play with my son, instead of just sitting there reading a book or watching TV. She also has her bachelors degree and is very responsible.

We pay her $10 an hour just because we're shocked she charges so little and we want to keep her happy and coming back when needed.

We are in NW Raleigh near 540, so $10 is still an extremely good rate.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:12 PM
 
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Arent those the same wages you get paid at Walmart or Wendys or a lot of retail jobs? Holy smokes kids are expensive. Neighbors should babysit neighbors for tips as part of learning respect, responsibility, and community wellness! At least thats what my folks did for us when we grew up....... Now every kid wants to buy an iPod for babysitting someone for 6 hours? wtf? tax free too? Really????
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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Arent those the same wages you get paid at Walmart or Wendys or a lot of retail jobs? Holy smokes kids are expensive. Neighbors should babysit neighbors for tips as part of learning respect, responsibility, and community wellness! At least thats what my folks did for us when we grew up....... Now every kid wants to buy an iPod for babysitting someone for 6 hours? wtf? tax free too? Really????
Generally speaking, we no longer live in communities to our detriment. I think some people do still do this, though. I know that when my kids were younger I had a couple other moms who always wanted to trade babysitting with me. I sat for their kids several times each. It seemed to only work one way, though, because every time I asked they were busy. I'm sure it works for other people. I know there are lots of family-friendly community oriented neighborhoods in the triangle where neighbors do still take care of one another.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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Arent those the same wages you get paid at Walmart or Wendys or a lot of retail jobs? Holy smokes kids are expensive. Neighbors should babysit neighbors for tips as part of learning respect, responsibility, and community wellness! At least thats what my folks did for us when we grew up....... Now every kid wants to buy an iPod for babysitting someone for 6 hours? wtf? tax free too? Really????
Soooooo...you think babysitting is a less important job than working at Walmart or Wendys?!

I'm pretty sure I'm quite a bit older than you and believe me, I never babysat anyone out of the goodness of my heart.

Neighbors babysitting neighbors....quaint concept. I don't think anyone's buying an ipad off $8 an hour every now and then.

I used to babysit for neighbors when I was a kid - they would pay me $20 even if they were only gone an hour. My mom would always call them and complain (this was in the 70s!!!!) and they would say "we have a responsible girl who lives right next door, you're a nurse - it's worth more than gold to us to keep her interested in coming back here".

A responsible babysitting who plays with the kids, doesn't have friends over and doesn't sit around texting all night is worth her weight in gold.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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Soooooo...you think babysitting is a less important job than working at Walmart or Wendys?!

I'm pretty sure I'm quite a bit older than you and believe me, I never babysat anyone out of the goodness of my heart.

Neighbors babysitting neighbors....quaint concept. I don't think anyone's buying an ipad off $8 an hour every now and then.
I did not say anywhere that babysitting is a less important job. However, it is a younger persons job and should be less paying, not more paying.

And no, nobody buys iPads for $8/hr. They do buy iPods at $8/$12/hr as I said, you simply skipped reading and misthought of an item with a price tag with an extra digit.

If finding a responsible kid that isnt on the phone and have friends over is worth their weight in gold as you stated after, then shame on parents for not making more gold. Every kid should be able to do that. If not, what the heck is wrong with the kids?

I dont think I'm being judgmental at all, I think its an obvious look at the truth. Every kid raised should be able to babysit. I was a farm boy instead, and got paid one third of what your suggesting. Was I less important by your standard, then?

lol
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