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Babysitter-filter: How much do I pay for watching/driving a toddler?

I have 2 different scenarios I need help with: 1. My sister is getting married and my husband and I have booked a hotel room near the venue. My toddler will likely not be able to stay up past 8, so I will bring her back to the hotel and put her to bed and then return to the wedding. We are hiring someone (college student/friend) to basically just sit in the hotel room with my sleeping toddler once I put her to bed (8-11ish). How much do we pay her to do this? 2. Starting in the fall, my husband and I will both need to leave the house in the morning by 7:15. Daycare does not open until 8. We'll need someone to come to our house in the morning around 7:00, hang out with toddler and then take her to daycare for 8:00 (daycare is about 10 minutes away). This would only be for 3 days a week. The person is potentially one of the ladies who works at the daycare (so she would be staying there, if that matters). How much do we pay this person? By the hour? Week? Accommodate mileage? Thanks!
posted by chela on Aug 6, 2015 - 10 answers

How many ways can we say, "Thank you!"

My sister just saved our Hawaii vacation. How should we thank her? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Mar 3, 2015 - 27 answers

How do I become a babysitter?

I graduated from college a while ago and have been trying to figure out what to do with my life ever since. While idly combing through job postings I found a few looking for a babysitter and thought "I could do that... maybe." I'm looking for advice on how to turn that tentative "maybe" into something more confident. [more inside]
posted by green socks on Jan 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Babysitter/caregiver/nanny experiences with Care.com?

I'm considering signing up with Care.com to supplement my regular freelance-writing gig -- I'm thinking babysitting and petsitting/dogwalking, both of which I have done before. Have you signed up with Care.com as a caregiver? Any tips? Is it worth it to pay for the background check, get First Aid- and CPR-certified, etc.? (Mine expired.) And parents, etc. -- what would your advice be on how to create a good profile on the site?
posted by trillian on Sep 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Should we pay friends to babysit?

Mrs. Zooropa and I have a 17-month old, and are finally having a date night tomorrow night. We are new to the area, and have few friends and no family nearby. A co-worker of mine and his wife have agreed to babysit for us. Here's our quandary: do we pay them? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 18, 2014 - 35 answers

Nannies/Caregivers/Families: how do you handle car insurance?

I'm currently applying for nannying jobs and have been informed by my car insurance company that my policy does not cover me if I am transporting a client in my car, and that they do not offer coverage for business purposes. They gave me contact information for their parent company, who might be able to help, but the parent company is not available until Monday. I'm in California, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by corey flood on Jun 21, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me do the right thing with my best mate. (Baby sitting question)

I said I'd baby sit, then pulled out with four weeks notice. How do I make this up to her? [more inside]
posted by jujulalia on Mar 4, 2014 - 33 answers

Looking for some kind of California/Nevada resort that has baby care

So I'm dating this single mom with a 6 month old. It's been going well but all our dates end with her rushing to take care of her baby - as a mom should. But she clearly needs a rest and I'm trying to figure out if I can take her on a vacation anywhere. Is there somewhere in the Northern California/Nevada area that is some kind of resort with stuff to do AND offers babysitting for a six month old as part of the package? Is there a name for resorts or vacations or recreation options like this? As a single guy with no kids I have no idea what the options are here. So please...educate me.
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Step 1) Babysitting, Step 2) ????? Step 3) PROFIT!

Most of my income now comes from babysitting, but I'd like to look for non-childcare jobs when my current gig ends in a few months. How do I make the transition into office work? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Mar 12, 2013 - 3 answers

babysitting a cracking up father with abusive thoughts

Helping my boss' husband out with their 2 little kids while she's away. He snapped and pushed them away roughly (imagining hitting them, he told me later) and left me alone with the 2 inconsolable children. What can/should I tell my boss? HOW? Any good resources I can recommend to a couple with 2 terrible twos and many more meltdowns to come? [more inside]
posted by chrysanthemum on Feb 26, 2013 - 46 answers

Old friends, babysitting, child with special needs?

Old friends, babysitting, child with special needs? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Jan 4, 2013 - 13 answers

No, please, just take the money

Help me figure out how to pay a babysitter who doesn't want to be paid. [more inside]
posted by forza on Dec 29, 2012 - 28 answers

in many ways "babysitting" is a misnomer; sitting on babies is no longer recommended by the APA

How old was your child when you first started leaving her with babysitters who weren't relatives? How long would you leave them for?
posted by gerryblog on Oct 3, 2012 - 31 answers

101 Ways to Entertain a 6 Year Old

In a couple of weeks, I'm going to be babysitting my 6-year-old nephew for several days. What are some fun ways I can keep him entertained at home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 23, 2012 - 20 answers

Do I need a day care license for only one family at a time?

The California law regarding Family Day Cares says I'm exempt from licensure if there's only one family in addition to my own children. Does this mean only one other family at a time, or over the course of some arbitrary period (a week, month, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

There's no good way to deal with this situation, but surely there are better ones.

I had to back out of my childcare job in a not-entirely-graceful manner for an emergency last week. Could I have handled this better? How do I proceed now? How should I proceed if something similar were to happen in the future? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jun 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Would parents hire me?

I'm a mother (of a toddler) who works part time and is looking to make some extra money. I've considered babysitting jobs, but aside from raising my own son, I don't have much experience with kids aside from babysitting jobs I had when I was a teenager. No recent references. Could I get hired? [more inside]
posted by trillian on May 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Tax issue or nonissue?

I think someone (semi-falsely, read on) wrote that they paid me a nominal amount on their tax return filed this year. I did not file, and did not need to. Several questions about filing, residence, and liability follow, somewhat NYC specific. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 13 answers

Stuck babysitting and I want out.

How do I tell a friend I can't babysit for her anymore? [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag on Apr 16, 2012 - 17 answers

This story sums up why babysitting is terrifying.

Inspired by this question, can you help me find a ghost story about babysitting? [more inside]
posted by pickypicky on Mar 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Tell me about this BABYSITTING thing.

I have some questions about babysitting. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Mar 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Babysitting 5 year olds.. what to do?

Tips for babysitting two 5 year old boys? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Jan 20, 2012 - 17 answers

I hear Mary Poppins had her policy via Traveler's.

I need to get liability insurance to cover part-time nannying in my home. [more inside]
posted by sonika on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Um... Awkward.

I have gotten myself in to what feels like an awkward position. I agreed to babysit the child of my husband's co worker once a week. The deal was that they would pay me $50 each time. I agreed because I was looking to take on a second job anyway, so this was perfect. We are going on three weeks at this point, in which I have not been paid. That part is obviously awkward enough, but the additional details make me feel pretty crappy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 - 47 answers

Babies 101

Can a babysitter with no experience babysitting infants teach herself how to care for babies? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jun 3, 2011 - 25 answers

How do I keep a 5 year old and a 2 year old entertained?

I am babysitting a 5-yr-old girl and her 3-yr-old brother for two hours indoors this Friday. What can I bring to keep them entertained? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Jan 4, 2011 - 30 answers

Help me manage the transition to daycare!

My 17-month-old is starting daycare for the first time. Should we send her for two, or three days per week? And what changes should I expect in her personality or our relationship as a result of this? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Please teach me about childcare.

Please bring me up to speed on childcare. Quickly. [more inside]
posted by bac on Aug 24, 2010 - 38 answers

Help me demystify children

I need to figure out whether or not I want kids, before I accept my boyfriend's proposal. I think that I don't, but I have almost no experience with them. What are some places that might allow me (a stranger with no babysitting experience) to spend time with young kids, so I can start to make up my mind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 - 46 answers

How is babbysitter formed?

What do you look for in a babysitter? What specific skills or traits do you consider to be most important? [more inside]
posted by lowlife on May 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Where does one draw the line between a reasonable favor vs. being taken advantage of?

Where does one draw the line between a reasonable favor vs. being taken advantage of? [more inside]
posted by whitelily on Jan 30, 2010 - 47 answers

How should I handle taxes when I babysit?

Baby-sitting employer wants to pay under-the-table, but also claim the Child Care Credit using my SSN as a care provider... isn't this asking for trouble? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh on May 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Will work for money

How much should I charge for pet-, house-, and baby-sitting? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 10, 2008 - 11 answers

Male Babysitters: Am I Being Irrational?

We have a 3 1/2-year-old son. Our current babysitter, the daughter of one of my wife's coworkers, is leaving for university shortly, and we're trying to find a replacement for her. The same coworker has a son who's about 16 years old. [more inside]
posted by scrump on Aug 14, 2008 - 77 answers

How can I get a sitting gig with no experience?

How can I get a babysitting gig with no experience or references? [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac on Jul 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me avoid a babysitting blunder

I am babysitting tomorrow for an 18 month old, and while I love kids, and have had plenty of experience caring for them, it's been a couple years since I took care of a baby. I am looking for babysitting advice so glaringly obvious, I would not be able to find it by googling (I tried). [more inside]
posted by pumpkin11 on Jul 1, 2008 - 24 answers

What does your inner three-year-old want to do today?

Suggestions, please, for entertaining a three-year-old. [more inside]
posted by anadem on Dec 30, 2007 - 28 answers


What is the current rate for babysitting 2 darling toddler girls - one is 3.5 and one is 2 years old. We live in the Nashua, NH area. Is it about $10/ hour? Also, what is the best way to introduce a teenager to your children? We've never used any babysitters besides grandparents before. What should I be looking for? What should I ask? Thanks!
posted by beachhead2 on Nov 1, 2007 - 18 answers

The Accidental Babysitter

What do I do with a one year old? She has toys, and seems content with them, but what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 12, 2007 - 24 answers

Bust out the Thor helmet

I've decided to try picking up occassional babysitting gigs on nights and weekends. [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Oct 26, 2006 - 13 answers

Currency for a new mini economy

Help me find something I can use as currency for a baby sitting circle. [more inside]
posted by hmca on May 23, 2006 - 22 answers

Poker and Babysitting?

BabySitterFilter: My wife and I are currently arguing about whether its safe and/or appropriate to have some friends over playing cards while babysitting an active 13 month kid. [more inside]
posted by fenriq on Aug 23, 2005 - 37 answers

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