We started a homeschool group with another family. They refused to participate or pay 50% for the babysitter for 2 weeks after we returned from vacation. Who has the reason

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Dear Quentin, I have presented my / this question to several people from different walks of life and received very different responses, but nothing has satisfied me enough, so I like your opinion.

At the beginning of the last school year, I created a school / classroom pod with another family, whom we did not know before. We agreed to have one child from each family, a total of two children, be part of a virtual classroom, hosted at my home and using my already established babysitter and split the babysitter cost 50/50. All would provide school supplies for their own children, but beyond that, no further investment was required from the second family. We did not have any official agreement or contract, but we agreed that if a child is unable to attend during regular school hours due to illness or other appointment, the cost of the babysitter will still be split. My family went on vacation for two weeks out of the state / country and I agreed to continue paying our share of the babysitting cost during that time, as I did during regular school hours. The only difference was that I asked the other family to please host the classroom at their home during our absence, which was not a problem for anyone involved.

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“‘I do not agree with their assessment that they do not have to pay as long as they are isolated from us.’ “- Mother of Broken Pod

The other family did not feel comfortable with us leaving the state / country during COVID-19 as it exceeded their tolerance for risk. Ideally, they would have wanted us to quarantine ourselves upon our return for two weeks and not attend the classroom capsule or use the babysitter, which was clearly not an option, as I created the capsule in the first place and it was my baby sister. So the other family isolated themselves from us for two weeks after we returned. They also refused to pay their share of the babysitting cost during this two week period as we put them in this situation due to our travel and we created a hardship for them in the first place as they now had to make alternative arrangements for their child during that time. We still went on vacation, and I still paid my share of the babysitter during our absence and intended to pay the babysitter in full after we returned, although I disagreed with their assessment that they do not have to pay while leaving. they isolate us. My babysitter quit after we returned from vacation due to another job offer so 100% payment from me never happened, but I would still like your input on this situation. It never really did feel right to me, but I can’t seem to get an answer from anyone on what would have been a fair solution. Mother from Broken Pod You can email The Moneyist with any financial and ethical questions related to coronavirus at qfottrell@marketwatch.com. The Moneyist: We put our spendthrift neighbors in touch with our financial advisor. They called it “lousy.” So how come WE are the ones who retired earlier? Dear MBP: You broke it, you bought it. If you agreed to create a group with this family so that your children could attend homeschooling or remote learning together, and then violated the group by going on vacation out of state or country, you are responsible for paying by the babysitter. during the two weeks the other family stayed away

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“There is no one rule for you and another for everyone else, especially when it comes to coronavirus. “- The Moneyist

You can’t do it all the way around, and make up the rules as you go along because you were the one who started the unit and because the babysitter you share costs for was your babysitter to begin with. There is no one rule for you and another rule for everyone else, especially when it comes to coronavirus. If you are traveling out of state / country, you are not only breaking the rules of the capsule by not quarantining yourself, but you are breaking the rules of your state. Restricting your movements after the trip is to make sure you did not contract COVID-19. The child of your friends may not have symptoms, but the same is not true of their parents or grandparents. If you are quarantined at home, you cannot expect another family to send your child home and put your own family at risk. I agree with the way the other family handled this situation. They did it fairly and responsibly. If you want to close, here is what I suggest: send a card to the family and amend the way you handled it. The Moneyist: I’m 28 years old, debt free, 401 (k), Roth IRA, and $ 45K. My parents want me to save for a home. I want a Tesla Model 3. Who is right? Hello MarketWatchers. Check out Moneyist’s private FB Facebook group, + 2.12%, where we seek answers to life’s thorniest money problems. Readers write to me with all kinds of dilemmas. Post your questions, tell me what you want to know more about, or rate the latest Moneyist columns.