Because the last few years that we've gone to the neighborhood Christmas party, we haven't been able to have a conversation lasting longer than, "Hi! How are you doing? Yes I know they are getting big! Excuse me while I stop them before they pull fragile ornaments off the treEEEEEE!"
"KIDS! Step away from the all-glass-ornament Christmas tree!!"
My husband is so desperate to have a date night that he lined this whole thing up without any input from me. One of the high school girls from our church will be coming over to watch the children for two hours while we have some much-needed uninterrupted adult conversation (and ping pong Charlie excitedly informs me). The plan is that we'll order a couple pizzas and have a Christmas movie marathon playing the whole time we're gone.
We've left the children with a paid babysitter one other time. It was the night Charlie and I went to the wedding of his co-worker and we had two sitters. AND, we had our good friend, Virginia, who was recovering from a hip replacement come over to sit on the couch and make sure that our children were safe and at no risk of being abducted. (Because I have irrational fears.)
That night of approximately four hours away, wound up costing us over $100.00. Which I think might have been a bit
As for tonight, whenever we asked the girl how much she charges, she told us that she will accept whatever we feel is acceptable. I remember saying the same thing when I babysat in high school. Not sure why I was never able to summon the courage and say, "Three dollars. I charge THREE WHOLE DOLLARS an hour."
So my question to you, oh wise internet, is what is the going rate for a babysitter these days? How much should one to expect to pay a teenager that sits with four small children, for approximately two hours, while eating pizza and watching Frosty the Snowman (and Rudolph and Nestor the Long Ear Donkey [which just so happens to be my favorite movie of all time])?
While the parents of said small children, have a merry time and are thankful that their chubby cherubs aren't disassembling their neighbor's delicate decorations?