Received Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I've been working with a family with one child for about a year now, although I guess I'm technically not a "nanny" since I'm not under a contract, but I do work about 20 hours a week for them and we have a really great relationship. The family recently went on a 2 week trip to Israel and asked me if I would like to house sit for them, including going over everyday to feed the cat and clean her little box (responsibilities do not normally have when they are in town). The mother never mentioned that she would compensate me for house sitting, but I assumed they would give me something, especially since she knows working for her is my sole source of income and my wallet takes a hit when they take a 2 week vacation. I assumed because she asked me to sleep there every night and take care of the cat that I would be paid some sort of sum for this, especially when I know that most house sitters get paid a ridiculous amount. When they got home from vacation she gave me some chocolate bars from Israel as a thank you gift but never once mentioned monetary compensation. I admit that I was just assuming I would get paid when they got back so I wasn't so concerned that my bank account had slowly dwindled over the two weeks, just figuring I'd have something to deposit when they got back. My question is, should I mention anything to her? She really is a wonderful mom and the family is amazing for me to work with and I'm sure she'd appreciate my honesty but I really don't want to make things awkward and I guess I should just swallow the fact that since we didn't discuss anything beforehand I shouldn't have expected anything...any insight? Thanks!