I make quite a lot of extra money babysitting on weekends.
People seem to be desperate to ditch their kids for a precious few hours, and I’m more than happy to capitalize on that fact.
As long as they’re not mine, I don’t mind having to deal with them for a few hours. It can potentially be quite easy, depending on how tired they are, and whether they ate a big meal that day before I show up. Still, parents are willing to pay quite a lot of money for what can be comparatively little work. Don’t get me wrong, I still have tiny terrors to deal with every now and then, but it’s ultimately worth it in the end. One thing I can’t stand is when the homeowners tell me I can’t touch the thermostat. I at least want to be comfortable while I’m watching their kids, and I don’t see the problem with letting me set the temperature for just a couple hours. It’s not like I drop the temperature super low in the summer or crank it up really high in the winter. It’s just that some of my customers may as well not even be using an HVAC system If they insist on barely using their air conditioner or heating! So I have to admit, if I don’t feel comfortable, I’ll sneak over to the thermostat, figure out how to work it, and set my preferred temperature while keeping a close eye on when the car comes into the driveway, so I can switch it back quickly. Some of the parents are nice enough to text me when they’re on their way, which makes it even easier to switch back the temperature!