Originally Posted by abrniidgrl
I will be responsible for her every hour she isn't asleep. I will have only free time to sleep. I am paid 8.50 per hour by the employer normally. I have to leave my child and this is not a vacation at all. Its not as if I can go on shore excursions or even smoke a cigarette.
Sure, I understand that you're "working" and it's not a vacation for you. It is no doubt a very difficult job.
I would think that you could at least ask for $8.50/hour for your full waking hours. So, if you're primarily responsible for care for 16 hours, $136/day. Also, I think that you should be reimbursed for any childcare expenses for whoever may be watching your child.
I don't think that you'd be out of line for asking for time for the sleeping hours either, since you have to leave your child. They should at least give you half-pay for your commitment.
Hope this helps and good luck!