How much to charge for watching my niece overnight?

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
Post # 31
141 posts
Blushing bee

plantprop :  In that case I’d say maybe $160? I’m counting it as four, 8-hour days at $5/hour. Evening/sleeping time would be considered family time and be free. 

Post # 32
3556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

plantprop :  considering that Darling Husband and i have told our siblings and close friends that they are welcome to send their children to us for 1 week a year while they go have an adult vacay….i’d say noting. it’s your niece – aren’t family visits just, like, normal?

Post # 33
2811 posts
Sugar bee

When I watch my nieces and nephews they cover food for me and the kids and they usually get me some wine or something along those lines. I’d probably just charge them the amount that any ‘expenses’ will cost? 

Post # 34
3042 posts
Sugar bee

plantprop :  i always felt weird about taking money to watch my own family members, but i mean, you ARE watching them so it is totally up to you. 

I usually wouldn’t say anything and sometimes they would force a $20 in my hand or something. I  wouldn’t mention anything and let them decide what is fair.

If they insist i would say something small ($40?) and use it to go do something fun – Chuck E Cheese anyone?

Post # 35
9844 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State


Post # 36
12127 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I can understand paying for the regular babysitting, and even then I personally would not accept money to watch my own niece. I’d either do it for free or I wouldn’t do it at all. But a few days on vacation? Never ever.

Post # 37
791 posts
Busy bee

I don’t think your update changes anything. It was a one time thing not a regular babysitting arrangement. I wouldn’t charge anything 

Post # 38
733 posts
Busy bee

The last time I watched my nieces my brother paid me in cupcakes and wine. I vote cupcakes and wine.

Post # 40
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

When I was in college I got $10/hr to regularly babysit my nephew (5 days a week). It worked out. I was a broke college kid, my sister needed care for him and knew he would be in great hands (I was also an early childhood major). 

However, now that I’m an adult with an income, I wouldn’t expect her to pay me anything for watching my nephews over a weekend. At most, I might expect her to provide some food for them, as she likes them to eat certain things. 

If it’s just an occasional thing, and you aren’t missing out on other opportunities for income, I wouldn’t charge.

Post # 41
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would just ask that they provide the groceries that she likes to eat or will need. 

Post # 42
2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

If it were me, I’d refuse the money.  I recently watched my two nephews (6 & 1 1/2) for the same amount of time, while my sister was having a baby.  Our nieces and nephews play a pretty big role in our lives and come over for sleepovers and “Camp Cookie” (Cookie is my nickname with them) all the time.  So to take money for watching them would be weird.  

With that said, I’m not opposed to my sister paying me in baked goods 🙂  

Post # 43
1005 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

plantprop :  If they are offering, accept whatever they decide as a means of saying thank you.

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