A grandmother who looks after her daughter’s son has confessed to charging her for looking after the child.
For two to three days a week the granny watches the child for around seven to eight hours per day, which will cost the mum £9.05 per hour.
The grandparent has this week argued that she would lose money herself if she didn’t charge her daughter for babysitting.
For many new parents finding childcare for a reasonable price can prove incredibly difficult, with many parents deciding not to go back to work after giving birth as it’s not worth it.
However, writing on Reddit, the grandmother says her 29-year-old daughter has asked her to watch the baby for two or three days a week while she works.
She writes: “She works five days a week, about 7-8 hours a day from 7.30am-3pm, and asked me if I would be willing to babysit her son either two or three days a week.”
The grandmother, who is based in New Zealand, says she’ll be happy to spend quality time with her grandson, but adds that she demanded an hourly rate of $12 (£9.05) to take him on, according to Mirror Online.
According to her, the daughter agreed she should pay her mother for looking after the baby, but instead suggested a lower rate of $10 (£7.50) per hour.
Writing about this exchange, the grandmother said: “She claims that she cannot afford it, even with her $22-an-hour job (£16.60).
“I’m not a daycare, I have my own life, I work for myself and I think she should understand that I’d be giving up my time when I work from home, and if I’m going to be giving up that time then I need money to replace that time I’m giving up from my job.”
She argued that, by looking after her grandson, she’d have to give up her own income and so needed to ensure the money she’d be earning for babysitting would be worthwhile.
After stating her case for a higher hourly rate, some people struggled to sympathise with the grandmother, suggesting she had a “lack of empathy” for her daughter.
Some pointed out that the woman was asking for quite a large chunk of her daughter’s salary – adding up to nearly 2/3 before tax.
Others said that, if she wasn’t keen on babysitting her grandson, she should just be honest about it so her daughter could find someone else to do it.
Plenty of people had sympathy with the grandmother, claiming that she has every right to charge for her time, but agreed she was asking for a little too much money.
Some argued that, although the mum would have to pay a similar amount for childcare at a nursery, the people looking after her son there would have childcare qualifications – unlike the grandmother.
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