I agree that making an opinion that is not relevant to the question asked should have a retraction for the advise given.
We need to try to stick to the subject created in the subject line when giving advise. Moms have a hard enough time I'm sure from family members and friends that have their own ideas on how they should raise their children.
I think mama source was created more to help support one another and build each other up and not tear each other down in their personal parenting choices.
With that said, L., my daughter is 16 and is CPR trained and extremely responsible, more so than most adults. I would trust her watching her siblings over any adult any day of the week. I would trust her to do what is safe, right, fun, in every situation with her siblings. Having someone you feel comfortable with is very important and it's good you have this lady.
The reason I stated that above about my daughter is for you to see that she is paid not as a teen, but as adult when babysitting. She asks for $5 an hour per child, and add a dollar per hour for each child added after that and two dollars more per hour after midnight. She has these rates due to the economy and there are a lot of college students that are in child development that charge similar rates. My aunt works at a daycare and if she takes care of the children on the weekend they pay her $8 an hour for one child and add $4 for each child added after that and $4 more an hour after midnight.
Note also, my daughter cleans, cooks, and reads bedtime stories and tutors the school age children if they need her help with homework.
Some people charge extra for these services, just to give you something to think about with the woman who will be watching your children. If you expect her to do baths, and dinner and clean up she may ask for more, or not.
Hope the advise helps. Have fun and enjoy your evening out. It is a rare treat I'm sure.
Let us know what you and her decided to do so we all know what to pay other sitters too. Thanks!