Received Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I am a nanny for a wonderful 10 month old little boy. I have worked with this family for almost 4 months now and have very little problems. Lately, however, there has been some trouble with the baby and his sleep schedule. I normally work from 8:30 in the morning to about 4:30 in the afternoon, but occasionally work the late shift from noon to 8. The days when I work the earlier shift, the parents both get home at the same time around 4-4:30. After I leave, the family of course is on their own with the child. I have been told by the mother that they let the baby take a 1 hour nap around 6/7pm. They then continue to complain about how it is so hard to get the baby to sleep at his normal 8pm bed time. When I work the late shift, I don't give him that evening nap and he is in bed at 8pm on the dot. The days when I work the late shift, he sleeps until 7:30 the next morning. When they give him the evening nap, I get him the next day and he is cranky from getting less than 6 hours of sleep, and ends up taking another nap at around 9:30 the next morning. This screws up his entire day because he is either really tired or really crank or sometimes both. I want to talk to this family about this problem, but don't know how to do it without over stepping my boundaries. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to deal with this problem.
Also, it would be nice to get a slight raise. I make about $200 per week while working 45+ hours each week. I know money is tight around their house at the moment as the husband is going through a career change. All I would ask for is $25 maybe $50 additionally per week. I feel I am entitled to this raise as I do way more than what is asked of me. I do laundry, light house-keeping, errands, and even pet care. I do as much as I can to make everyday life just a little easier for this busy family. Should I wait until they are out of this economic problem, or address the issue now?