I was talking with some friends about babysitters and the average cost now-a-days. Apparently, its customary to pay $15-$20 an hour with a 3 hour minimum, regardless of how long you need them. And playing with them will cost you extra.
I remember when I was babysitting (of course I remember, its not as if it was that long ago, yall) and on a good night of 4 or so hours of babysitting 2-3 kids, I would bring home $20 and that was GOOD. I mean, $20 when you are a teenager is bank, right? And I would never even THINK of having babysitting policies that my "clients" had to adhere to. Its not like I was a member of the Babysitter's Club or anything (although, I often wished...). Basically, the deal was, I watch and play with children, put them to bed, and then raid the pantry for as much junk-food as possible, fall asleep on couch or watch something on primetime I wasn't allowed to watch at home (90210, anyone?), and then get paid enough to buy taco bell for lunch for 2 weeks, and then go home. That was standard, and acceptable. It was actually a pretty sweet deal in my opinion. Now babysitters require a 3 hour minimum payment at $20/hour??? That's SIXTY dollars people. And probably all you did was go to walmart. or maybe, if it was a special night, a movie.
All I have to say is thank GOODNESS for grandparents. Thank you thank you thank you, mom, dad, Nana, Pa-Pa; yall are the best.