Grateful Nanny Indeed... but Still in Need
I posted on here last month about my current work situation but could really use some further help. My situation: I have been a nanny for 3yrs. I have been with my current family for almost a year. We will be sitting down tonight or tomorrow to discuss signing another year contract and I need some help ASAP. I take care of 1 toddler in Cleveland, she is relatively good and easy to take care of. I also have cleaning duties around the house, there is a list of (as they call them) "reminders": Dishwasher, laundry (Childs and Parents), Dust, Swiffer, Water Plants, Vacuum, Bathroom (just the childs, the one I use), Childs bedding. Bedding and Laundry are almost daily, 4x/wk. I work over 50hrs/wk, make $10/hr and do not get overtime. I agreed to this rate because when they hired me, I was not CPR/First Aid certified and had no experience with infants/toddlers (only schoolage).
The thing is, my employers are generous in other areas. They sincerely welcomed me into their family, got me a great deal for Christmas last year, for my birthday ($200 gift card), flown me to Europe twice to work, (still $10/hr), paid for a weekend in Milan (train, spending money), and flew my boyfriend as well, once. Is it completely selfish of me to ask for overtime? What about a raise? What is a reasonable rate to discuss that includes the housekeeping? I am also on the books, so my take home is less than desired and when I move out of my current apartment in 2 months, with NO roommate, I'm afraid I won't be able to support myself. One more thing- when they hired me, I had a car but it broke down a couple months later. It was in the contract that I was to have a car but they worked with me, told me it was alright and started purchasing a monthly bus pass for me instead. I don't have good credit and if I buy a car, I'm not sure it will live up to the safety features they require for their daughter to be inside it. I am just not able to put down that kind of money. However, the want their daughter "to be out more." This was said after we go on playdates, to the park, picnic's, science center, play with the sprinkler, all kinds of things, every week. Is it up to me to provide safe, reliable transportation or is it up to them? Please help... I got so many good comments and insight on here last time I posted on this situation. Thank you. - MissCali
My apologies OP, I wasn't aware this was time sensitive. I hope any advice you receive is still helpful.
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