I have a part-time job in retail. I had a teen sitter quote me $24 an hour. I told her that was too high, so she offered to charge $22. I make $14 an hour. I politely said “no thank you” and had to temporarily give up a part time job that I love. —Karen H.
No way. If they’re not over 18, they are still children themselves. —Melanie N.
Teens are asking for $15-$20 an hour for two kids. The start time is 7pm and my kids are asleep by 8pm. Once my kids are in bed, they don’t get up. Sorry, I’m not paying $20 an hour for you to use my Wi-Fi and watch my TV. —Tara A.
I tried teens. It was a disaster. I came back to my daughter (then 18 months old) dirty with her hands in the toilet as the teen sat at the computer. —Dana A.
I’d venture to say it’s not the teens who are responsible for halting this tradition, but the parents in my Manhattan neighborhood who want their babysitters to have masters degrees in early childhood education. —Kristin K.
My teen daughter would LOVE to babysit, for even less than $10. But so few people will give her a chance. As Kristin K. said above, there is this strange mindset here that teens somehow aren’t capable of feeding a few kids, or playing with them or putting them to bed. Teens need experience working with children—learning to be patient and caring, to change diapers and cook simple meals. The idea that only adults can do these things makes very little sense to me. —Amy S. G.