Babysitting is an incredibly hard job constantly undermined by the greater workforce, as well as some of the parents that hire babysitters.
If you're a friend or extended family member, there is often an expectation that you'll babysit for free or very cheap. Obviously, if you're super close and want to do the favor, these arrangements can be lovely for all parties.
But there are times when parents try to wrangle a friend or family member into free or underpaid work simply because they cannot afford, or don't want to shell out a professional fee. In these cases, being ask for a full professional rate can send families into a spiral.
AITA for saying my babysitting rates are $35 an hour?
I'm a software engineer, with a full time job and a side hustle of doing freelance coding work in my own time. I've always been the type to have a side hustle I put a lot of my free time into; I get really bored sitting idle.