When you have a babysitter, do you leave dinner for the sitter?
persimmon / 1420 posts
Always! That, or pizza money.
coconut / 8234 posts
We leave money for take-out.
pomelo / 5660 posts
That's what I thought. Darn it. I messed up last night.
wonderful grape / 20453 posts
Sometimes I get her a pizza but not always!
papaya / 10560 posts
Usually something if I have time. I don't want the sitters to starve.
GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts
pear / 1586 posts
When I was a sitter I wasn't left dinner or money for it. I brought my own snacks. Didn't realize one should.
eggplant / 11287 posts
wonderful pea / 17279 posts
When I was sitting and had to feed the kids there was always enough for me too- pizza delivery or whatever the family had for dinner. If I came over after kid's dinner I wasn't a meal. Snacks & drinks were available though.
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts
Yes, we get dinner for MIL or my friend when they babysit.
cantaloupe / 6017 posts
Yes, and snacks. When I babysat in the city people generally left money and menus for take out, or had food that wasn't "kid food" (like, not boxed mac and cheese)
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21616 posts
If it's my mom or brother, sometimes I'll just leave a super simple recipe with all the ingredients assembled - but most of the time I make it, then put it in the fridge.
grapefruit / 4187 posts
When I was a sitter the parents always made sure there was enough of whatever was being served for me to eat too. Now as the parent I leave cash for takeout. I never wanted to eat what the kids were eating so I don't expect my sitters to also! Oh and I also buy soda and snacks for the sitters, which we never eat ourselves.
grapefruit / 4418 posts
We offer money and a list of places that deliver. Both our sitters have brought their own food with them though. We add the $20 we would have left for dinner to their pay.
honeydew / 7235 posts
Oh wow. We have never left dinner. But I always am sure to be stocked with snacks and drinks and I point it out! I guess we usually get sitters on the later side.
pear / 1672 posts
I think I've been messing up, too, but we include car fare home in instead of a meal.
watermelon / 14467 posts
I usually cook dinner for them (so far, it's just been family) but I would do the same for a sitter that wasn't.
@hellobeeboston: I think time makes a difference. We have only gotten sitters twice for longer periods (3pm-12) so it fell over dinner. If it's not until 7-8 I would make sure we had snacks.
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