I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, so feel free to direct me to another site if you know where I should go.
I have been babysitting/cleaning for a family for about 2 years now. Basically nannying, but not full-time. I got this summer off because I have an internship in a different city, and the mother is texting me asking if I would like to start work again when I come back.
I wouldn't mind really, I miss the kids and I like the family, but I've realized the amount I get paid is nowhere near worth the hours I spend there.
How would I go about asking her for a raise?
I realize this isn't really about parenting, but websites about asking for raises all talk about real jobs and careers and things, and I'd like to know from the parents point of view how they would like to be approached.
I would also like to know how much is a reasonable charge. This family has 4 children, all about 2 years apart. Oldest is 9 and the youngest just turned 1. Besides just watching kids, I also do basic housework such as sweeping, keeping the kitchen clean, and keeping laundry going. So far, she has been paying me $7 an hour (in the United States, btw), which I don't feel is enough. I've been babysitting for 11 years (2 for this family), and am CPR/First Aid Certified. We live in a high-income area (Seattle area). I am a college student, so educated, but not any child-education sense. But I also have worked in a church day care, so I have that kind of experience.
I know asking for an exact price I should charge is silly, but I would just like to know if $7 for 4 kids is ridiculous, or if that's me.