The babysitter was given the option to complete a list of chores for extra money
A working mom in Missouri is sparking debate online after giving her son's babysitter a chore list to complete while she was out.
Katrina Ivan posted a video to her TikTok account back in December sharing the list of optional chores she'd written down for her babysitter to complete. "You are more than welcome to hang out and watch TV all night, but if you want to make some extra $, these jobs are up for grabs," the note began.
Ivan went on to list jobs around the house, writing a dollar amount in front of each chore that could be added on to the babysitter's fee at the end of the night.
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The chores ranged from organizing the island and cleaning glass mirrors to vacuuming the couch and scrubbing the inside of her fridge, priced between $3 and $15.
"Just let me know if you decided to do any of these and the grand total I owe you on top of the babysitting money. Thanks for being here," the note concluded. The video also featured a few pictures of the mom's house, including some messier parts of the home.
In her caption on TikTok, Ivan explained her choice.
"I am a teacher and I have a small business that is in the busy season," she wrote. "Little things have been let go for too long. If my sitter decides to do this, I'll be forever grateful. If not, I'll get to it later like I already had planned."
In the comment section, many viewers criticized her choice, with some saying that the payment is too low. "I think $10 is too cheap for some of these tasks considering the amount of work/size of the mess," one person wrote.
Ivan replied, taking the advice under consideration. "I'll definitely be restructuring the prices to make this more fair in the future. Thanks for the advice," she said.
Others praised the mom for giving her babysitter a choice. "I think this is a great opportunity for your babysitter," one person said. "You're giving a choice, and I love that."
Another agreed. "As a babysitter that usually just cleans anyways bc I can't sit still, I'd appreciate the thought and compensation!"
"I was very surprised to so many people react to my TikTok about my note for my babysitter," Ivan tells PEOPLE. "I hope that more parents will see this and do something similar to save them some stress."
"My babysitter, Em Rice, loved making extra money, and I loved coming home to a more peaceful space."
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