Yes, would be fantastic to sleep & get paid at the same time, maybe watch a ballgame or two.
No, I didn't get into the book reading, I married into a 'ready made' family, my wife's two children were 6 & 8 years old when we were living together, 8 & 10 by the time we married.
I did help with a lot of homework, which was much harder than when I was in school, up to the 7th grade I could manage, after that......was lost!
Yet was always there when needed, purchased a car for both when old enough to drive & paid for repairs through their university graduation. Oh, and for the oldest, half the cost of a wedding in 2001, plus a gift to get them started (Kenmore washer & dryer set), which still runs to this day. Unfortunately, the marriage lasted barely 6 years, just long enough for them to have one daughter & when she was less than a year old.
So now, every other weekend, get to babysit the now going on 11 year old granddaughter while he's 'running errands'. Who's spoiled to the core, already on her second brand new iPhone, has been through three iPads & now on her first MacBook, not counting the Windows notebook I purchased for her in the 2nd grade that her mother stated 'was beneath her standard of living'. It was more costly than any I purchased for myself to this day & won't do that again. When she was very young, I got huge doses of her coming over & wanting to pull everything out of the kitchen cabinets & rearranging, screaming when she didn't get her way (not her fault) & now sometimes asks the question 'why did my parents break up?'. I tell her the truth, don't know, because there's a chance I don't. Their marital affairs were none of my business, so wasn't about to ask him (my stepson) either, his mother (my wife) once did & he flatly stated 'none of your business'. Maybe when she's grown & can understand, one or the other (or preferably both together) will tell her, she does deserve to know, even if told to keep it to herself.
Sadly, long after the divorce is over, it's the children who pays the ultimate price of a broken family.
While I have a very strong (99.5%) hunch about what led to the demise of the marriage, can't prove it was the reason (if at all), so it would be assuming on my part to say anything & don't want to be a cause of further friction.
Therefore, we keep on babysitting, of which now also includes maintaining Netflix/Hulu Plus subscriptions that I've not watched the first episode of anything on (only watch NFL on TV over the air during season) & as far as pay goes.......it's the same as in the mid 80's.
Sure hope that they don't expect us to 'chip in' on her first car at 16, which we know will be a Lexus, because that's way 'above my standard'. When I was that age, my dad purchased me a moped of his choosing and had to get a part time job to repay
All of this makes my mouth water at being able to do the same for $19.60/hour w/out their family issues to bear.