Thursday, June 14, 2007
We hired a new nanny in January and she seems to be a pretty good fit. I have just a couple of issues with her punctuality and remembering things but she is young and has great energyand spirit which matches that of my children. The problem is my children start day camp the week after next. The children are gone throughout the day so the nanny doesn't need to do anything, however as she agreed she will pick them up from camp and work until 8PM every night. I decided I would drop the children off in the morning so she wouldn't even have to get up in the morning. In the back of my head I know that the Fall schedule is going to be brutal with three boys in the different schools and lots of extracurricular activities and appointments. So, I thought it great that she would have an easy time of it for 7 weeks. Yesterday, she tells me that "X", a mother who has a child in one of my son's classes has asked her to babysit this summer. She has a child that is not yet camp age. So my nanny has accepted what basically comes out to a full time nanny position (and with a woman who makes a habit of leeching off of people). She is going to be working from 8:30-3:30 every day. She told me that "X" understands that if one of the boys is home ill, her obligation is to us first. My nanny is a live-in nanny and she has one of our vehicles 7 days a week. I am sitting here getting angrier and still angrier by the minute. By the by, camp gets out at 4:00, so I do have to be concerned with her punctuality. Additionally, will she have any energy left for the boys who like to come home and play soccer, swim and ride bikes? If I fired her for this, I could handle the summer schedule myself and I would have plenty of time to find a nanny for fall. But quite frankly, the search that led to finding her was a grueling three month ordeal.