Okay, so we all know that KH’ers give the best input/advice. So here goes; please give me as much input at possible!
Here’s the deal - I am 27 yrs old and do not have a paying job. I do lots of volunteer work and mystery shopping. I also do not have any children.
A couple that me and DH know have a daughter that is 13 months old. Both of the parents are pilots and the mom will be going back to work soon. I volunteered to help out with the baby sometime if they were both going to be out of town, etc. They agreed, but immediately insisted they would pay me. I politely declined, saying they were friends, I love children, and just wanted to help out as much as possible. They disagreed and said we would work something out later. We are having dinner with them tomorrow night to discuss everything and work out details, as I think I will be starting this within the next few weeks. I am really excited to do this, but not because of any payment involved. But - I KNOW they will insist. So my question is, how much is reasonable? I don’t want to throw out a number too high, nor too low. I havn’t babysat in years, except for in my own family, and have NO idea what the rates are anymore. I’m going to see what their ideas are, but if there first number is too high, I at least want to know so I can negotiate it down.
So. . . please help! Thanks!