It’s an age-old debate, should mothers-in-law be compensated for baby-sitting their grandchildren?
Let’s be clear, there’s no objectively correct decision. The right choice for your family is subject to a number of factors. Psychologist and parenting expert, Susan Newman, says “many grandparents want to babysit without being paid, but what you decide will depend on your particular situation. ‘How old are your parents? Do they need the money? Will they provide regular childcare?'”
It’s also important to consider both your financial situation and that of your parents-in-law.
Parents don’t need to be told that childcare is expensive. No matter what the decision, what’s most important is to have an open and respectful dialogue where you create clear expectations that both parties agree on.