Rosemary wrote:I have to threadjack a little here. I should have seen it coming, but I am flabbergasted that babysitters can now make per hour what I was making as a banquet server when I was in college. Inflation and small towns, I know. But wooooooow.
Babysitters are a bit more personally important than a banquet server though. If I'm a banqueteer, I could care less if my servers are hungover, crack-head pedophiles in their spare time as long as the food gets out hot and plates come back efficiently. On the other hand do I really want to find and employ an adult sitter based on lowest cost? Sure it's not "hard" work but having it done well is critically important, no? I would say entrusting my kids to someone is more important than just about any other decision I make.
Oh, absolutely. I agree with you: choosing someone to care for one's children is a weighty decision. I should have been more clear... I was expressing amazement of the rise in rates. Should caring, honest, trustworthy sitters make the suggested wage? Yes, and parents should pass along their names to their friends.
Once in a while, I get a reminder of the passage of time. I just got a little walloped by $8-10 an hour.