I have been nannying for a family for almost a year now in March.
I take care of a little boy-3 and a little girl-1. There have been ups and downs as this is the first nanny position I have had. I love these kids but have been questioning for a while now if this family is the right fit for me or if maybe I'm just not cut out to be a nanny at all. It started out great and it seemed that the parents expectations were all laid out.
We have a contract. However, as the months rolled on little things started to surface. The mom is off every Tuesday and Thursday and seems to fill both days with activities for herself while I do laundry, dishes, and clean up the house and take care of the 1yr old while her brother is at school.
This woman is not domestic at all and I get left holding the bag most days. (She will eat breakfast and plop her nasty oatmeal pot and bowl In the sink for me to clean not to mention leaving all other ingredients out for me to put away) this is in addition to the sink full of dishes left from the night before. I believe the contract says "picking up after the kids" not "maid". I alwaus leave the house clean, laundry done, and dishes done before I leave for the day. Anywho...I guess I have become a bit bitter because the mom and dad will come home an hour late sometimes but then hold hours over my head for time taken off. Example- they were both off for christmas week and still wanted me to work. (I did not) so I now owe them money since I am on salary. The dad is always bragging about how much money they have and how big their house is. The other part of all this is the that they barely do any disciplining aside from the occasional "now, we don't act that way " or "would you like a timeout?". The 3yr old has started to use timeout as a way to get out of eating his meals. He will literally tell me he wants a timeout.:( The one year old has already started throwing kicking, screaming tantrums on the floor when I don't give her her way. (BC she is not used to being told no)
Also, I have been sick constantly since I started nannying and I am only allowed 1 sick day every 3 months. I am currently sick and will be owing them more money. Pretty soon I am going to be paying them to watch their kids! The kicker is that they have no back up if I am out and the dad has to take off work to stay home with the kids ... I guess I just need some advise as to what my next move needs to be. With my year review coming up I am wondering if I should hand over my resignation letter and go back to working in an office. :( Thank you for your time.