Grandma Doesn’t Want To Babysit Her Own Grandchild Unless She Is Paid

If you ask any grandparent about the time that they spend with their grandchild, they will let you know that it is very special. In fact, most of us want to be with our grandchild as much as possible.

Then again, there are also going to be times when we are asked to babysit and it may not be the most convenient thing. For the most part, we say yes because we want to spend time with the child and often, their parents want some time alone.

Then again, there are times when this may cross the line and one grandmother is raising eyebrows with her suggestion.

It seems as if her daughter had asked her to watch her grandson. Let’s hear from her words what happens next.

“My daughter is 29, she has a 1-year-old son and will be returning to work soon. She works 5 days a week, about 7-8 hours a day from 7:30 am-3 pm, and asked me if I would be willing to babysit her son either 2 or 3 days a week.” She wrote.

“Of course I am open to spending time with my grandson, but I explained to her that I would like payment of $12/hour. She understood my need for payment but then lowballed me with requesting $10/hour because she claims that she cannot afford it even with her $22/hour job.”

“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.”

“I love my grandson, but as I stated above, I’m not a daycare.”

After posting this online, plenty of people came forward to give their opinion. Many were saying that money wasn’t the problem, it was the fact that the grandmother didn’t want to watch her grandson.

Perhaps the top comment was that somebody felt the grandmother was in the wrong and suggested that she simply can’t say that she doesn’t want to babysit unless she gets two-thirds of her child’s earnings.

Some were more reasonable, saying that they would like more information. This included her qualifications for asking for that much money per hour.

Others were saying that the $10 an hour counteroffer was more than fair.

Then again, there were some who said that she was absolutely right for feeling that way. Grandparents are not free childcare, and if a child expects them to take their time, they should be compensated for it.