Working for Peanuts

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1)

January 30, 2018

Dear Julie:

I am 15 years old and have been babysitting since I was 12. I hate to say this but I’m tired of people from my church being so cheap. One man even said he was letting me babysit his three children for a “ministry opportunity.” I always go home exhausted after a long night and have little to show for it. How can I politely refuse to babysit for cheapskates? –Working for Peanuts

Dear Working:

Your situation is not unique. Sadly, I’ve heard the same story from other babysitters. Babysitting is hard work and should be fairly compensated. I suggest you research what is considered a fair pay scale in your area and let that be your guide.

When someone asks you to babysit, let them know in advance what you charge. (You might even post your rates on the bulletin board at church.) When it comes to “ministry opportunities” you should be the one to decide if and when to offer your services at a discount.


Remember, friends, as challenges come our way, we can face them head-on through Christ who strengthens us!

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