I found this article on ksl.com about babysitters. It reads as follows:
Should you give your babysitter a raise?
March 23rd, 2010 @ 5:20am
By Paul Nelson
What do you think is fair to pay your child's babysitter? If you ask 100 people, you may get 100 different answers.
One woman told me she thinks $5 an hour is fair. Another said she didn't know how to intelligently answer that question.
One child development scholar thinks babysitters should get a lot more than they do.
"When we were growing up, we often got paid a dollar an hour to babysit, and we were very underpaid," said University of Utah Family and Consumer Studies Department Chair Cheryl Wright.
She says people have been raised to think caring for children should be cheap. "The fact that women have done it for a long time in non-paid positions [has made it so] that people undervalue how critical it is."
Wright admits she has a bias for child care professionals, but she thinks babysitters do a very important job. She suggests $8 an hour.
"Minimum wage could be a good standard to look at," she says.
This may be a tough sell. Some people I spoke with say $8 sounds pretty steep. One man said there are many regular part-time jobs that don't pay that much.
However, Wright says being too cheap can convince good babysitters that it's not worth their time to watch your children.
She recommends that parents avoid hiring younger teens as babysitters, but she realizes many families may have no choice but to ask a 13 or 14 year old to watch their children.
"If you do hire somebody who is young, I would advocate that they have babysitting training and that you know they are responsible," she said.
She says many parents may think of a babysitter as someone who will just let their kids watch television while they're away. Wright says you should make it clear to the person watching your child that you expect them to entertain your kid and have the child engaged in constructive activities.
Paying $8.00 an hour for my one child seemed a bit high! Wow!
What are your thoughts about babysitters?
What is the going price around your neck of the woods?
Do you think babysitters should be paid more?