But, she always asks us to pay her. I am not saying we can't afford it but it does mean an extra $30 per evening we go out. My mom and my sister are always willing to babysit for free (me and my sister babysit for each other). So if I have the choice between taking the kids to my MIL's house and paying her about $30 or taking the kids to my mom's or sister's house (where if I am to be honest, I feel like they get better care) for free, why does she get mad that we don't ask her?
I think your MIL is ridiculous and just looking to start a fight. Tell her that your kids need cousin time and to get the hell over it.
by Anonymous 2
October 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM
ya thats ridiculous. I never understood grandparents that expect to be paid to watch and spend time with their own grandchildren. they shouldn't have to be paid to do so. my mom and my husband's parents beg us to let them watch our kids. and they do it for free.
When my mom watched my sister's kid on a regular basis (M-F 7:30-6), she asked for money because then she could take my niece out and do stuff with her; it was something like $30/week. If she watched her or my kids for a couple of hours at night so we could go out with our husbands, she didn't ask or expect anything. My in-laws won't accept money so when they were watching our son more often than usual for a period (about once a week for a month) for a couple hours during the day (not the whole day), we bought them an ice tea maker that I knew my MIL wanted.