To Pay or Not To Pay
October 2, 2012 8:51 AM Subscribe
Do people usually pay a relative for babysitting?
posted by daydreamer to grab bag (45 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We are having my 20 year old niece over this Saturday to stay with our kids for a few hours while my husband and I go to a wedding. I'm not sure if we should pay her not. Do people usually pay relatives for babysitting? We've had her do this before...it was only a couple of hours and we gave her $20 because we weren't sure if she was expecting it or not but we wanted to show our appreciation for her time and keeping our kids entertained. I'm worried about insulting her though by assuming that she would want to get paid for coming and spending time with her own cousins. On the other hand, I know people her age have better things to do than spend their Saturday night with their younger cousins. The other thing is it's not really a lot of work. Only one of our kids is really young and the older ones can help look after him too. She has 2 jobs and is not really needing the money. What I really want to know is what other people do in this situation when you have a young adult relative such as niece, nephew, cousin, stay with your kids. Thanks. :)