I have been with a family for 2 and a half years starting when the kids were really young. It has always been part time, and often times I babysit for date nights. The mom and I are close and she has expressed how awesome she thinks I am and what a great job I have done in helping to raise them. My question is this-- I have never gotten a raise and I am wondering how to go about asking for one. I have gained extensive experience through other jobs, in addition to going to a credited university for child psychology. Also during this time the family had another baby. She recently asked me to work more which I would love because I care for them, but it makes me a little hesitant to be making so much less than I would if I took on other jobs (added experience + added education =more $). Can you please give me some advice as to 1) how to go about asking for a raise and 2) how much? I don't do any household cleaning other than normal/expected duties such as cleaning up after our toys, plates, crafts, etc. My expectations have remained the same, it's just that I have been with them much longer now and there is another child in the mix. I want to stay with them but this is also a job and I don't want to lose out on money from other potential families by staying at this lower rate. Any/all suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated. Please help!
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