Babysitting a sibling - to pay or not to pay?

April 30, 2010 5:47:44 AM PDT
When my husband and I attended a cousin's wedding over the weekend, our son Billy (who's nearly 14) babysat for his younger brother Micah (age 9). We paid him. We've always paid our sons to babysit for their younger siblings. I figure if the boys weren't babysitting for us, I'd have to pay someone else to do it. From their perspective, if they weren't sitting for us, they could be babysitting for neighbors' or friends' kids and they'd be earning money. So, to me, paying seems fair.