Post # 1
I watched my 3 year old niece for 3 nights, 4 days while her parents went on vacation with her older brothers. (They were going on a houseboat and not comfortable with the 3 year old on the boat). They are going to pay me for watching her but I am not sure what to charge. What do you think is fair?
Post # 2
Unless you had to take days off work, I wouldn’t charge anything.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t expect to be paid for minding my niece/nephew. Parents will probably give you a nice present to say thank you.
Post # 4
Your own niece? I wouldn’t charge anything. The only relative who should expect to be paid for babysitting is either someone who does it regularly as in every day or a 15 year old.
Post # 5
For my niece I’d say nothing, or very possibly reimbursement for some groceries…
Post # 6
I think it depends.
I don’t think it’s a big deal to ask to be paid for watching a 3 year old–kids are a lot of work. I pay my sister for watching my dog when we go out of town.
Maybe like 20 dollars a night?
If you had to take time off work I’d charger half minimum wage for your area per hour.
Post # 7
Nothing. It’s your niece…
Post # 8
Another vote for i wouldnt charge anything for a once off for your own neice. If anything, id just put a favour up my sleeve such as needing a hand with the garden or something down the track.
I would only potentially charge if it was a regular gig such as one day a week.
Post # 9
I watched my niece when on university holidays every week day for three months, for no $. It was a good chance to bond with her.
Post # 10
I personally don’t charge. It’s quality time with my nieces and I love it. Plus…I am sure they would do the same for me so hoping that the favor is returned when I start a family 😉
Post # 11
It really depends on your circumstances. I’m not sure how old you are so if you’re young, in school and need the money I think it’s okay to accept money. What’s reasonable for 4 days, I’d say no more than $100. If you’re a bit older and not hard up for cash I’d do it for nothing.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t charge a cent. If they offered money for activities or food, maybe you could take that, but even then, I’d probably push back.
Post # 13
plantprop : I love spending time with my nieces and nephews. I’d never charge to look after them. Money means I considered looking after them work and its never work for me. Its always a joy to spend time with them and they always make laugh.
I wouldn’t charge for that. Good people remember and appreciate the stuff you’ve done for them and will pay you in kind when you need help in the future.
Post # 14
I wouldn’t charge anything. Maybe just reimburse for food if money is tight for you?