Nanny bringing own kid to work? Different rate of pay?
What is the norm when a nanny brings her own child to work on occasional days? We are trying to hire a nanny for our 6 month old at a rate of $20 per hour. The nanny we are talking to says she would charge $28 per hour when one of my other kids is home (occasionally) which would be a stretch for us, but ok.. But then she says that she will bring her own child from time to time when he is not in preschool and that the rate should still be $20 when her child is there. I think the rate should be less for those days - maybe not the same as a nanny share (typically $13 or so per kid around here) but maybe split the difference at say $17. My rationale for this is that she will have less time and attention for my baby on those days, that I am paying for one on one care and she will have more to do, that in an emergency situation she would naturally likely help out her own kid before mine, and also that if her child is sick etc mine is more likely to catch it. Also that if the rate goes up when one of my other kids is there, it should by that logic, go down when her child is there. She thinks this is unreasonable and "as a mom" I should understand this. Would appreciate hearing others' perspectives. Thanks!