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19/08/2013 at 10:41
Today I've left E with a friend of mine as my mum (who usually has her) is on holiday.
Would you offer the friend some money for having her or get her a gift? (Flowers? Biscuits? etc) Friend is a SAHM with a 3yo and one who is 5 months older than E so she really has her hands full today!
19/08/2013 at 10:45
if it wasn't done as a business arrangement (i.e. "If I give you X would you babysit") then I'd say gift (flowers and/or chocs). If it was quite a lot of babysitting I'd say a gift card, still not money, but worth something to the recipient IYSWIM.
Maybe get her some chocolates, they always go down well!
19/08/2013 at 10:49
Id not expect anything. A returned favour maybe?
19/08/2013 at 11:16
I'd get her a bottle of wine, sounds like she might need it ;) I wouldn't expect anything, I only offer to help friends if I don't mind doing it.
19/08/2013 at 11:30
I don't think she'd be expecting anything, but I do feel like I want to show my appreciation. I'll swing by Waitrose on the way over tonight. They always have lovely flowers and I'll probably get a bottle of wine or Prosecco. Her and her H can enjoy it in the the evening once the kids are in bed :)
Thanks guys! MD always has the answer :)
19/08/2013 at 12:26
I wouldn't expect anything. My friends and I regularly babysit for each other when nursery is off/child is sick/appointments.
Id normally send a packed lunch for my child and a packet of biscuits or similar for them all to share.
My sil was having my youngest every Monday for a couple of years and I occasionally bought her wine, a meal voucher, flowers etc
19/08/2013 at 14:48
I would buy her a gift- wine or chocs etc. I'm sure she doesn't expect it but nice to say thanks. And an offer of returning the favour for her. Means she'll be happy to do it again for you in the future without feeling taken for granted
20/08/2013 at 08:42
I'd probably buy her a token gift, flowers, wine or something similar.
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