“Should family be paid to babysit?” the mother asked.
One mother was shocked after her grandmother came up with an unconventional demand when asked to help with babysitting her child. The mother took to the Facebook page, Mamas Uncut, to narrate the incident. She asked other people on the platform if the family should be paid for babysitting.
“Should family be paid to babysit? My grandma (62) watches my son (5) for 2-4 hours 3 days a week while I work, and she DEMANDS I pay her $65/week, and it makes me livid,” wrote the confused mother.
The mother who remained anonymous stated that her kid is not a “hard” child to watch. Speaking of her baby’s demeanor, the mother said, “He’s the calmest, most independent child I’ve ever known honestly. He doesn’t throw tantrums or run around screaming. He’s very well behaved.”
Others on the platform were quick to comment on the helpless mother’s ordeal. One grandmother Simone Pawluk spoke of how she got paid for looking after her grandchildren. She said, “I’m a grandmother who babysits my grandchildren. Yes, it’s harder as you get older to watch the kids. I get paid by my daughter cause she gets paid for doing a job, I should too. I spend almost every day with her kids and love it and helping to raise her kids.”
Pawluk continued, “I only get paid when she works but watch the kids for her to do shopping or errands. I love the kids but they are work. When I finally went back to work when my kids were young. I paid daycare. I would have loved to pay my mother to watch my kids instead of a stranger. Oh ya, and I give my daughter receipts so we both claim it on income tax.”
Damaris Phoenix, a retired grandmother also shared similar views. “Okay l must chime in here. I left my career to help my son with his children. I am retired totally but would be employed still had this not happened. My son offered to pay me to care for his children 2, 4, and 8-yrs-old. l moved to the state he lives and we all live together,” she said.
“I would say honestly that all the money l receive goes right back into our household. He pays me because I would still be employed somewhere had l not moved here, bought a home, etc. In grams defense, yeah you should pay her if she needs it,” she said. “If she is in a financial position to not need the supplemental income then she would undoubtedly do it for free. Just saying,” she added.
Some grandmothers, on the other hand, had a different outlook. “GRANDPARENTS DO NOT BABYSIT. They spend time with their grandchildren and shouldn’t have to be paid for that! I am blessed that my parents WANT to spend time with my daughter and do not expect to or want to be paid for that! Again…GRANDPARENTS DO NOT BABYSIT!” wrote Elizabeth Walley. She also claimed it was wrong for grandparents to consider babysitting a “job.”