A new trend of super-sitters who are college-educated, multilingual, and CPR-trained are taking a bigger dent out of families’ wallets on the East Coast.
According to the New York Post, rates between $20 and $25 per hour are becoming the norm and even the demand for families wanting to keep their highly-skilled sitters from being scooped up by other families.
Koa Beck, who sits for a 3-year-old in Brooklyn, told the New York Post that one mom paid her $20 an hour to watch her toddlers and speak only French to them.
“It’s getting a little ridiculous” a mother of two told the New York Post, “When a date night with your husband costs $125 on top of your restaurant meal or movie tickets, you really have to think twice about going out.”
According to this new report, the days of paying the high-school student down the street with $30 and free-access to whatever food is in the refrigerator might be becoming a thing of the past.
Research published earlier this year by the Brooklyn-based support group Park Slope Parents shows that just 17 percent of baby sitters were 21 or younger while 57 percent were between the ages of 22 and 30.
“Teens are much busier now than they were 30 years ago,” PSP founder Susan Fox told the New York Post. “College applications assume that you have other activities than schoolwork — and baby-sitting doesn’t count as an extracurricular activity.”
The good news with the new trend of super-sitters is an increased amount of knowledge on who is watching your kids. Most are background-checked through popular sites like UrbanSitter.com, the baby-sitting equivalent of OpenTable.com.