I am a new nanny, age 24 working for a family of one child, 5 months old. I must also mention the work from home father. I have been working for this family since the beginning of October, but have hit some speed bumps along the way already, and sometimes I question if this family is the right fit for me. I will mention a few important issues, and I am in need of advice as to how to handle these problems as a responsible and professional nanny.
- I have been paid irregularly more than 5 Times. Basically I have been paid late many times, even after speaking with the father about the situation. I think I may finally have that one ruled out. (knock on wood)
- The father comes into the room I'm in with the baby multiple times a day to interrupt naps, bottles etc. Also, in a passive aggressive way speaks to me through the baby. I.E. "Is she being mean to you?" "Have you taken a nap yet?" I feel unimportant and disrespected.
-I bathe the baby Monday Wednesday and Friday. when I return to work on Mondays, the baby hasn't been bathed all weekend. And most times he smells. I feel terrible for him.
- Today tops the cake. The mother finally bought cereal for the baby to try over the weekend. When I came in today she told me to try giving it to him on a spoon. So I did and he wasn't interested. I told her I'd try it in a bottle later on. After the mother left for work, the father let into me. "Don't feed him anymore cereal. you got to try feeding him even before I did." Wow! now I feel like I'm being ping pinged between two bosses an being scolded for doing what I'm told! I am now dealing with a jealous lazy father who has the day off today and is sleeping as I type this. instead he could be hanging out with his baby and feeding him!
I realize this is a lot to take in. any advice would be great! Thank you!