I hired a teenager to watch my 9-year-old son three days per week for summer vacation (the other two weekdays either his dad or I take the day off and stay home with him). BoyDivine gets to play with the neighborhood kids this summer and also spend some time with Mom and Dad, sitter has pocket money and also 4 days a week to herself, everyone benefits. Her usual schedule is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to watch BoyDivine, but she is flexible about it too.
So on Sunday afternoon, BoyDivine is invited to spend the day on Monday at his friend’s house, swimming in the pool and having fun. I call Sitter and tell her I don’t need her to work on Monday, so she offers to come on Thursday to make up for it. I say yes because this means I can work that day instead of taking off.
When I pick up BoyDivine yesterday afternoon, he is invited to come over again to play on Tuesday. I do encourage him to hang out with friends as much as possible, so I say yes and BoyDivine is happy. Now sitter only has to come Wednesday and Thursday.
I feel I should pay Sitter for all three days this week; after all, it was not her fault that I cancelled her anticipated hours. But BoyDivine’s Dad thinks I should only pay her for two days as that’s what she’s really working. I’d like to save money where I can (it is a struggle to pay for three days as it is), but I still feel that the goodwill I would create by paying her for all three days could possibly pay off later in the summer when I need her to be flexible.