Received Sunday, July 1, 2007
Just found this web site and have had a great time reading so far! I have a question for other nannies, and also parents. I recently started a new nanny job (no contract, but verbal commitment of one year) and I have no been there over two months. The Mother is great... she works outside of the home, while the Dad works 80% from home upstairs in his office. He's a great guy and we get along fabulously. Except when the baby cries. He immediately gets stressed out and often cusses the baby (under a year old) out for not stopping right away. He completely takes over even if the baby has only been crying or whining for 30 seconds. During his "stress explosions" as I call them, he's begun to snap at me as well.
Both parents always tell me I am a great nanny for their only child and that they are glad they found me. Everything is great in the home besides these very uncomfortable moments with the Father. My questions: Is this normal/acceptable? I have never experienced anything like it in 10 years of being a nanny. Also, every single nanny job I have had, ended on good terms (someone moving, kids grown, etc) so I'd like to quit this job but hate to leave them stuck without anyone, but also not wanting to give a 2 week notice since it would be EXTREMELY uncomfortable those last few weeks. When they hired me, they expressed they were quite upset with their previous nanny who quit with them to go back to school. Help!