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#1 Bob-the-skull

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:42 PM

This weekend my ex and i are both going to a music festival. Whilst it is his weekend he doesn't really have anyone to look after the kids so i organised it with my sister, 15yr old nephew and almost 13yr old niece.

Children will be there from 9am on saturday til 9am on sunday, i said to him that i am going to be giving both the teens $50 each, plus provide a bag of snacks/munchies for the day. Ex was surprised at the amount and basically thinks that i am giving them to much. Personally i think its a bargain deal for me and kinda think i should probably give them more (potentially give dinner money to depending what my sister has organised).

My sister or her partner will be home for most, if not all, of the time but the majority of the entertaining will be done by the teens and whilst they are their cousins i feel like i should compensate them for a day they are giving up spending with mates by staying home.

So in this situation how much is really appropriate?

#2 Fr0g

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:47 PM

I reckon that's fair - it *is* a 24 hour shift, after all original.gif

Enjoy the festival!

#3 Hootabelles

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:55 PM

Add in some pizza money maybe. Sounds fun for all of you. Enjoy original.gif

#4 Rubyduck

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:56 PM

I also think $50 each is fair due to the length of time and I would probably include a dinner allowance (provided nothing was organised by your sister) I'm just wondering why your paying and not your ex?? It's his weekend his job to sort out babysitting, your already doing him a favour by having your family look after the kids why are you also paying for it?????

#5 Another one

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:00 PM

^^^ This is what I was thinking!

Oh, and I think it is fair too.

#6 unicycle

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:12 PM

Very fair. This will be very tiring for the teens. My young teen gets $10 an hour, but really only does it as a favour to the parents she sits for as she doesn't buy/want much and is full - on busy with homework.

#7 envs

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

I think it's cheap! 25 years ago a friend and I got $30 each and dinner for 4 hours' worth of babysitting 2 kids.....it might be different because you're family tho

#8 HarperLeeAndMe

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:27 PM

I don't understand why it's your problem it's his weekend His responsibility, god forbid he actually for go a music festival to spend time looking after his own children.  Of course he thinks its too much he doesn't want to organize it or pay for it himself lazy prick or compensate you the money.

Think you have been played the fool here!

#9 ~Kay~

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:32 PM

Cheap, I pay my cousin's kids (teenagers) $50 for a night to look after my kids. The cousins would do it free because they love the kids but I don't feel I can ask them to babysit & not pay them.

If they offer to take the kids out or want to come over & see us then that's different, no payment.

#10 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:49 PM

QUOTE (bubba08 @ 26/02/2013, 08:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Add in some pizza money maybe. Sounds fun for all of you. Enjoy original.gif

this.  Pizza/thai/fish&chip money - enough to cover dinner.

And your ex should be paying half.  After all, it was supposed to be his weekend with the kids and you've organised care - the LEAST he should do is pay half.  Preferably all of it.

#11 Bob-the-skull

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

my niece and nephew certainly don't expect payment, nor does my sister, i am giving them money probably more as a thankyou.

I am paying it probably because i didn't really think much about it... and Ex wouldn't have thought to do it, only reason he knows is because i told him that on friday when he picks up their stuff there would be a bag of munchies plus cash to give to them.

He probably could pay but *shrugs* we are still good friends so it isn't bothering me that it comes from my pocket, he is good with things such as child support and providing extra money for things if they come up.

As for him missing this festival, i wouldn't even ask him to do it... neither of us have been to one before and it has a massive line up with so many of our favorite bands that I was happy when he was able to get a ticket after they sold out. I would have hated him to miss it as it is going to be an awesome day biggrin.gif

#12 Katie_bella

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

Our babysitter costs $10/hr for one child. Thats $240 for a full day/night. I think he's getting a pretty good deal, especially considering you are paying for it wink.gif

#13 Therese

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

I also think it is a good deal original.gif  Enjoy the festival.




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