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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
This is a blog about my life. My wife and I have three kids, ages six, three and one. Last year I gave up my gig as a middle school teacher to stay home with my kids full-time. This past year has been the most challenging, easy, relaxing, stressful, fun, tiring and rewarding year of my life.

My wife Amanda and I have been married for seven years. She spends her days (and nights and weekends) as an overworked Medical Resident.

Our oldest daughter, Eloise, is a bright, sweet, emotional first grader that loves to talk (she gets it from her mom). When not at school she is most likely playing dress up, turning some part of our house into a playroom, or creating a craft projects that involve: glue, magazines, markers, staples, stickers, scissors, crayons, pens, and a dozen sheets of paper.

Henry, the three year old middle child, is hell on wheels. There is not a house or store Henry cannot destroy in five to seven minutes max. He loves playing with his trucks, digging in his sandbox and occasionally putting on his sister’s pink plastic high heels.

Maggie, the one year old, is as sweet as they come. At a very early age she learned that her crying could barely be heard over the volume of her siblings. She has developed a blood curdling scream in order to get our attention that would make any horror movie producer proud.

Well there you have it, that’s pretty much my family in a nutshell.

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for parenting advice you have come to the wrong place. Enjoy!

The Formula for Paying a Babysitter

The Formula for Paying a Babysitter

September 28, 2012 | 08:31 PM

Babysitters baffle me.

They are so darn friendly. Too friendly really. And when the topic of money comes up

they will never give me a number. They usually just say things like, "Oh whatever you think is fair."

So I created a formula for paying the babysitter.

Let's start with minimum wage and work up from there. $7.25 hr.

Of course there are a few variables to add to this equation.

(C)City you live in. Bigger city add a little bit more cash to the hourly rate

(T)Travel time of sitter, longer it takes them to get there and get home the more money it will cost you.

(A)Age of sitter. The older the sitter, the more money they should be paid.

(Q)Qualifications of sitter.

(E)Number of extra kids. The more kids you have the more you pay. Coincidentally the more kids you have the harder it is to find a babysitter too!

(S)Number of hours kids are sleeping. Subtract $2.00 each hr. they are asleep.

(H)Certain holidays are extra. Groundhog's Day not so much, but New Year's Eve, double it.

(F)Are you feeding babysitter? If you are feeding him or her well, no need to add any money, but if it's hot dogs or frozen pizza while you are going out for a steak, don't you feel a bit guilty? Tack on a little extra cash.

(L)Late fee. If you said you would be home by 9 and you walk in the door at 10:15, that's going to cost you.

Here's the equation:

$7.25c + t + a + q + e - s + 2h +/- f + l = Total wage.

Simple enough, right?

And don't forget to tip.

On second thought, maybe it's easier just to stay home.

Happy Parenting!



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