Babysitting Rates??

I have a dream.

That one day, I will have a couple hours with my husband. Alone. Without the children.

By "alone", I do NOT meant the following:

-Sitting with my husband at 7am in a medical lobby waiting for our toddler to wake from general anesthesia.
-Sitting up with him until 3am discussing the children while they sleep upstairs.
-Going with my husband to an obstetrics appointment.

I DO mean any of the following:

-Taking a long walk with him in the state park with nowhere specific to go and no rush to get there.
-Going out to dinner. A table for 2 please. No crayons. No high chair.
-Oh, I don't know. Anywhere else will do. Anywhere except the grocery store or dentist office.

We have rarely ever had a sitter outside of family members. And we have so many, many utilitarian reasons for needing a sitter these days (doctor's appointments, etc) that we never seem to be able to fit a real date in. And I'm starving for a date.

I have no idea what to pay a sitter. There is a graduated homeschooler off college for the Summer, 19 years old. She has experience and is a good family friend. I used some online calculators for figuring out sitting rates and came up with $16 and hour for my size family (5 kids). Does that add up right for those of you who regularly get sitters?

As you can see from the photo, they are perfect little saints (St. Luke, St. Kateri, St. Therese, St. Louis and a Holy Innocent to be exact) and never give anyone an ounce of trouble. :)
Posted on May 14, 2010 and filed under "baby sitting".