I don't think teens under working age (presumably 16) should expect minimum wage. I also don't think teens that young should be responsible for an infant that young for that long and certainly not on a regular basis.
But I hire young-mid teens for babysitting and I don't pay $8-10 an hour. I do round up generously but come on. They are 12 or 13, not old enough to work and they are just making sure my kids are safe for a few hours. That isn't a $10-hr job.
For a regular babysitter/nanny especially over 16, then that is totally different. My daughter made $10 for that at 17/18 saving for college and I think that was totally reasonable. But I don't think the same about a few hours for a date night for a 12 year old. If I hired adults for that (I don't need to) then I would pay them more.
ETA: my son makes less then $10 repairing instruments, a trade he's been training for for almost 2 years. Watching a movie with my kids and eating pizza is just not the same value as something like that for a YOUNG teen.
Equal pay for equal work. Someone should not be paid less just bc of their age.
I have heard that claptrap before. My daughter recently learned to sew. Everyone wants her to make them things. No one wants to pay for it or pay a decent amount. Well too bad then. "But she's 16!" So what? You aren't doing her some wonderful favor by "letting her" do ___ work.
I have no idea why you are going off about 12 yr olds babysitting. I made it clear this is a teen daughter. She is of legal working age.
I never made any claim about sitting around eating pizza and watching tv. But regardless, if someone doesn't want to pay, our feelingns aren't hurt.
I don't expect minimum wage for babysitting. I was never paid minimum wage. My starting pay was $20 or $1 for out of diapers and $2 if in diapers per hour. That didn't come out to minimum wage for most of my clients. And I made really good money consistently. I made less when I took a minimum wage job at 16. But it was a regular paycheck and I never had to wipe butts, so I considered it a step up. $40 for 6 hour is still not minimum wage either.