Tips for Coming Out on Top
I have been with my family for nearly 8 months now and am happy with them for the most part. My DB's sister has a 2 year year old, and since she has gone back to work part time for the past three weeks, I have been doing them a favor by watching their child. I'm being paid for it and it's great for the cousins to play together and it has been working out so well that DB's sister, along with my MB and DB, have been talking about doing a nanny share once the school year starts.
I am currently being paid $15 an hour for a 3 year old and 10 month old. The cousin will be dropped off and picked up with a packed lunch and snacks and I will have him for a minimum of 17 hours a week. I will have a separate contract with this family and be paid separately. I understand that I will only have him part time and I will not have the responsibilities with him as I do with the primary children I care for (laundry, bathing, cooking/meal preparation, dishes) so I'm aware it would be wrong to ask for $15 an hour from this family for their one child. I do feel that I deserve more than minimum wage though. I was thinking of tossing $12 an hour around but am not sure that is an appropriate number to negotiate. On top of all of this, my MB asked me this morning how I felt about a single/double family rate.
Since this is my first time being a nanny I'm unsure how to handle this. Is opting for a single or double family rate logical? Will it deplete the amount of money I earn overall? Another thing she asked which I found kind of unbelievable, is if she and her husband had a third child, would I be looking to earn more per hour for that extra child! I mean, of course I would, right!? It's another child, a newborn with another schedule to follow, more laundry, dishes, etc.. Am I ethically wrong in looking for a couple more dollars an hour for a potential third member of the family? We're talking about her children full time, her nephew part time and then potentially that third baby.... I'm not a greedy woman nor am I driven by money (I certainly wouldn't be nannying if that was the case) but at the same time I have financial obligations and responsibilities and I would just like to handle this in a way where we all come out on top. Any advice/suggestions would be great. I am located in the DC/Northern VA/Maryland area. Thank you! - Anonymous
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