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Woman Was Shamed by Relatives for Charging 'Too Much' for Babysitting


I started babysitting when I was about 13 years old, first for my siblings, then for some kids down the street. I parlayed that into a high school career of camp counselor-ing and watching other people's kids, and frankly, today, I can't believe that parents left their tiny humans in the hands of a high school sophomore with braces and bad acne. 

Childcare is a chronically underpaid area of work. It's skilled labor most often reserved for women, so of course, people don't want to pay much for it. But that makes little sense because childcare is exactly what it sounds like: caring for children. Kids can't take care of themselves. They're like little, accident-prone buckets of snot, and it's no small feat to keep them alive and entertained. People who care for children are on their feet all day long and constantly on alert. They deserve a nice paycheck. And yet, for some reason, so many people are opposed to paying childcare workers what they're worth.

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