Received Monday, September 22, 2008 - Perspective & Opinion
I have a wonderful nanny who has been with my family for 2 years. My children absolutely adore her and she is constantly going above and beyond.
So...Friday, our nanny texts me that my oldest daughter (4) threw up when she woke up from nap...all over her bed...sheets/comforter and her clothes all needed washed, which my nanny washed. I called to see what was wrong and if I needed to call the doctor, nanny didn't answer the phone, but called right back and apologized....she was in the middle of cleaning up my baby's blow out diaper, which got all over his clothes as well.
After deciding it is just my daughter's cold, and drainage that caused her to throw up, I send my husband, who works a lot closer to home than I do, to bring home some 7-up, to help settle our oldest daughter's stomach. My daughter had no other symptoms and already was playing like she was fine again, otherwise I would have immediately gone home...we don't make our nanny watch the kids when they are sick.
So, I call one more time to check on everyone and nanny says when she opened the 7-up that my husband ran inside (and must have shook up), it exploded and she was currently cleaning the sticky kitchen floor, but everyone was ok.
I felt horrible for her day and came home early so she could have the afternoon off and start her weekend early.
But, is there 'hazard' pay for a day like this?? if so what? Would a nice gift suffice, or a gift card to somewhere?