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    Thursday, November 03, 2005
    When my oldest child was able to begin babysitting for us we decided to begin paying her. I know it sounds crazy, but it was a great idea. We only gave her $3.00/hour, it made her feel special and in control (she had to keep peace at all times to be paid), and it really did help her transition into the teen years. We went out once a week, so she received babysitting money and very little allowance. If she used the money towards something we approved of like stretching her wardrobe budget, then we would match her savings. We also match her savings if she puts the money away towards her future like extra spending money for college or towards a car when she graduates.