Received Tuesday, November 6, 2007- Perspective & Opinion
I just have a question about my nanny. When she first began working for us three years ago, we had 5 kids, 2 of whom were in school for a half day. We agreed that she would work a total of 28 hours a week (Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm) at $20 per hour. We gave her major holidays and one week of paid vacation, plus sick days when she needed them, even though she was only a part-time nanny. I also give her a generous bonus at Christmas. This was (and still is) my one and only experience with a nanny. We have not had any problems. She takes care of my children, does laundry/ dishes/ general pick-up as time allows, which I appreciate.
My question now is, three years ago she had 3 kids for the entire day and 5 kids for half a day and she was working for her $20 per hour. Now, three years later, she has all 5 for about 30 minutes and then three go to school for a full day and one goes to school a half day in the mornings and the other goes to preschool 3 afternoons a week. My question is that she is getting paid $23 an hour now (I've given her $1 per hour raise each year) and this year she has already made a comment about her next raise. It's not that she isn't doing a great job, but the fact that she now only has 1-2 kids to take care of instead of 5, but still expects another raise is bothering me. She hasn't taken on any more chores, nor have I asked or expected her to, and she is not doing any more with 1 or 2 than she did with all 5.
I do not know what to do. Is it bitchy of me to not give her a raise even though each year her job has gotten progressively easier? This is an issue that I hadn't even thought of when I began my nanny search. I know that it's fair to give nanny raises when children are born, but what do you do once they start going to school? I do not want to lose her as a nanny, but I'm torn because we've never explicitly discussed this issue. An insights into this would be helpful; please spare me the rude and nasty comments. I'm looking for input from parents who have been in a similar situation. Thanks in advance