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Babysitting Rates Are So Ridiculously Expensive, Many People Can’t Afford It Anymore

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From the moment my daughter was born, my husband and I agreed that as hard as it might sometimes be, we wouldn’t be hiring a babysitter to watch our children in order for us to get out of the house and spend sometime with one another. As much as we need a parents night out here and there, the cost of actually going out and paying a babysitter at the same time is ridiculously expensive, given the fact that some are charging up to $15 per hour.I mean think about it: dinner for two: $100. Movie tickets plus popcorn and drinks: $50. And a babysitter for a minimum of four hours? $60. Altogether you’ve spent over $200 to eat a meal you could have taken back at home while watching a movie on Netflix on the comfort of your own couch. And you also wouldn’t feel worried that your kids are up to no good while the teenager you hired is sitting on that couch of yours texting their friends and checking Facebook every five minutes.That’s why there’s a lot of debate going on, with some people saying that caregivers should be paid MORE money to watch your kids while others think they are being overpaid as it is![ad type="aboveimagead1"]
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Joanna Mazewski

Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.

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