Received Thursday, January 29, 2009
I've been a full-time nanny to a 3-year-old boy for the past 18 months. The mother is pregnant and due at the end of May. She will be taking the entire summer off when the baby comes but still wants me to work over the summer. The problem is that she wants me to work part-time hours all summer, on an as-needed basis. No schedule, no guarantee of a minimum number of hours per week.
I really don't want to take a big pay cut for the entire summer, but if I do, I want to have some predictability in hours so that I can work a second part-time job to supplement the pay.
I have no complaints about this family at all; the boy is a pleasure, the parents are great, and I'm very grateful to have a job. I'd like to hear some opinions of others on what they would do in this situation. Would you just bite the bullet and take the temporary pay cut and just work as needed, even though it will hurt financially and you won't be able to make solid plans each week because you're basically working on call? Or would you insist on having a set schedule so that you can fill-in your hours somewhere else? Or are there other options I'm not considering?
I understand how difficult it is to add a newborn into a family and I want to be loyal and supportive, but the reality is that a three-month pay cut will not be easy especially if I won't even have the flexibility of planning my schedule each week.