Job with No Breaks is Breaking Nanny Down
Hi, I am a reader and I appreciate your blog with nannies and parents. My case is: BREAK TIME DURING THE DAY FOR A FULL TIME NANNY. IS IT FAIR IN YOUR OPINION? I work Monday to Friday Full Time (8:30am to 5:30 pm = 9h per day) for a family of 4 (mom and dad, two sons 2 and 4). During the school year, I still have a 2h per day part time job before my full time job. In my full time job, sometimes they need me to do additional extra hours, ending my day with more than 10h direct, and no break in between. My question is: Is it fair to ask the family for a break during the day? Sometimes I only find time to eat lunch or a snack after 3pm, or when I ask if I can eat, because my sugar and energy level is so low and I cannot wait anymore.
Unfortunately, I completely forgot to ask about it in my interview (1 month ago) and today I am feeling like every time that I have to think about what time I am going to eat, or go to the bathroom, or even breath outside the house, or stretching my body because I am so tired and I was 10 hours in the same room, I feel terrible. Details: Besides that, I still do the cleaning in the house. The mother is a stay at home mom, but most of the time she is running with her autistic son for therapy sessions. I stay at home the whole day with the youngest son, playing or cleaning when it's possible, or when someone else is at home. So, it's non-stop for me. Should I ask them for a break? How do the other nannies deal with that? What do the parents think about it? I consider this question an important thing to ask about in the future. Please, all your comments will be welcome to me. Thanks so much! - A nanny
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