So. I’m taking a poll of sorts.
Issue: We have recently become grandparents. We offered to care for the baby when they both went back to work.
In Need of Solution: We didn’t get around to discussing a fee for childcare and they have now asked us if we wanted to watch the babe three days a week. They have assured us that they don’t want us to feel like we have to do this but have asked us if we’d like to.
Of course we want to. We have spent our retirement watching other people’s kids and helping them get back to work again until their children were in daycare. We also watch babies twice a week while a group of mothers meet to support each other in being new moms. We get paid to do this. Not much 😛 We never want to be a financial burden on these young families.
So…now we h ave to discuss salary issues Hubby and I sort of agreed on this (below) being the course we’d take. And then go from there. Start it out in an email (they prefer texting but it’s so long) and then see where it leads. Or say something like this face to face in this fashion. It doesn’t matter if it’s over the wires or face to face…just does it make sense. The father works for a well-known tech company in Silicon Valley, and the mother is self-employed in a very good profession.
Dear… Or if in person something like: Hey!
We are happy that you think you might want us to watch the ‘babe’ once you are both back working. It’s something we’ve been hoping for since the ‘babe’ was born. To be truthful, years before he was even a dream.
The one aspect we haven’t discussed is what you will pay us. Our understanding is that we will watch the ‘babe’ for about 6 hours, three days a week. He will be 4 months old at the time we’d begin caring for him.
Maybe we could bring some pastries over, one morning before you both get back to work, and the four of us could discuss this.
We can’t wait for your cousin to arrive this weekend! Always such fun to visit with her. Perhaps we could all meet when she is here. Since she has her own children, she has experience in paying for childcare and would be able to offer her thoughts and guidance.
What do you think about this?
Are we out of line to bring this up? Any feedback is much appreciated.
OMG! This is the longest post I’ve ever made!