I have been babysitting/cleaning for a family for about 2 years now. Basically nannying, but not full-time. 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.
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. So far, she has been paying me $7 an hour, which I don't feel is enough. We live in a high-income area (Seattle area).
I've been babysitting for 11 years (2 for this family), and am CPR/First Aid Certified. 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.
How would I go about asking her for a raise? 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. 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.