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Old 02-20-2007, 02:54 PM   #1
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What would you pay a "Mother's Helper"?

I guess the title says it all. My kids have been sick on and off for a week now. The baby just has a runny nose but she is also going through a growth spurt and wants to nurse every 1-2 hrs. My 2 yo has been running a mild fever on and off, coughing, and VERY clingy, the 3 yo has a runny nose and cough but happy.

Needless to say, I have several loads of clean laundry piled in DD#3's room waiting to be folded or hung up, the house needs much attention, and I am worn out! I am up at least every 2 hrs at night. Dh usually is very helpful but he is burning the candle at both ends right now with a new job. This morning I started crying wishing my wonderful babysitter and friend was still here!

Anyway, I was thinking about seeing if a young teen (there are several in our neighborhood) would come for an hour or two and just play with the girls or something.

How much would you pay for that?

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Old 02-20-2007, 02:59 PM   #2
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Re: What would you pay a "Mother's Helper"?

I figure about 3/4 of what I would pay a sitter. I normally pay $10/hour for sitting, so $7.50/hour for mother's helper.
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Re: What would you pay a "Mother's Helper"?

Thanks!

Anyone else?
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I think it depends on how well they entertain the kids. I must underpay-usually $5 for 2-3 hours, $10 for 4-6 hours. But I change diapers, make food, and interact with the kids/helper fairly often as needed. My helper is 11 yrs.
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I didn't really know that you could do a mother's helper...sounds like a GREAT idea.

I'd probably said what the other poster said...3/4 the pay of a sitter
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Around 3-4 $ per hour,depending on age and entertainer qualities
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Re: What would you pay a "Mother's Helper"?

or you could do what I just did and dump laundry off at the fluff & fold, lol, $.89/lb is worth every penny to me
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Re: What would you pay a "Mother's Helper"?

When I was studying for my quals we had a mother's helper a few mornings a week and paid her $2.25/hour. She was probably 11 at the time. As she got older, and started babysitting, we upped what we paid her.

In the summer my ds and his friends did a backyard camp with high school girls as "counselors" helping which ever parent had camp that week. They ended up with $800 each for 8 weeks of camp from 9AM to 3PM, which is more than they would have gotten working in a real camp. The girls were old enough that they could take the kids to the park or library by themselves, so it was more responsibility than a mother's helper would have.
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Re: What would you pay a "Mother's Helper"?

Great! Thanks so much everyone!
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