Stapleton Dad Still Has No F#cking Idea How Much to Pay Sitter

no clue on what to pay sitterNorth Central Park Resident Shane Hill and his wife occasionally get out of the house without their kids. Last Friday evening was one of those times when the two of them attended the Avett Brothers concert at Red Rocks. “We had a great time,” said Hill. “Great concert, and we went with some friends. Always great to get out of the house.” As usual, the couple needed to find a sitter for their seven and five year olds. “We found a sitter we haven’t used that much, but knew it would be totally fine,” said Hill. “And, she did great, but since we haven’t used her much before, I had no idea what I was supposed to pay her.” Hill says he sometimes asks sitters, but they respond with things like, “whatever,” or “whatever works for you,” or any number of unspecific responses. “I wish they would just tell me when I hired them. ‘Hey, just so you know, I charge $15 an hour.’ That would be totally fine. But, too many times I am left wondering whether I overpaid them or underpaid them. It’s really frustrating.”

Shane means to talk beforehand, but continues to forget. “I guess I’m so excited to get out of the house, I run out without discussing it. Then, the entire drive home I am doing finite mathematics in my head to figure out what I think I should be paying.” To further complicate things, Hill doesn’t always understand what he should be paying for. “If my kids sleep for half the time she is there, what exactly am I paying for? Does the rate go down during the sleeping hours, or dose it stay the same? Am I paying her to watch my TV and use my WiFi? So, damn frustrating.” Shane plans to do a little research next time and solidify a payment amount. “I think I’ll just sleep so much better,” says Hill. “The not knowing is killing me.” To help other dads like Shane, The Stapletonion has included this helpful calculator from Care.com. A typical rate in Denver for two kids is between $14 and $15 an hour. Hope this helps, Shane.

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