Since August of last year, I have been caring for an infant one weekend per month. Her parents are a nice couple in their late twenties, and the baby is beyond adorable. Nannies in my area earn $10-15 per hour, and I asked for $12, which M and DB said was fine. I have missed one weekend thus far, which was due to a conference, and this was brought up in the interview. I was late once by seven minutes, as I misread MB's text as to what time I had to be there.
FF six months. Things are going great, at least I think they are. I am there the first weekend of the month, and love caring for the baby. When I was there in January, I was told I wasn't needed in February, as DB didn't work that weekend, so he would be home with her. I was supposed to work last month, and a day before I was supposed to be there, I texted MB confirming the weekend, and she takes forever to respond back and tells me that DB's aunt is going to take the baby that weekend so she (the baby) doesn't miss a birthday party. Hmmmm.
I charge what I charge because A: it's what nannies in this area earn. B. I consider myself a nanny, not a babysitter. C. My background is extensive and I feel that because of that, I should be paid this amount. I don't do this for the money, I do it because I love this baby and enjoy working with children. Is the extra money nice? Of course it is, however, I have noticed that they have shorted my amount a few times. I wonder if I should even bother texting MB about this weekend, because I am thinking she may tell me someone else is watching the baby, once again resulting in my losing money. I am a full time college student working part-time, and I have bills just like everyone else.
I had my entire weekend planned last month around working, only to find out that I wasn't needed, and I felt that it was rude for MB to not tell me I wasn't working sooner. She had all month (literally) to tell me that DB's aunt was going to watch the baby, takes a day to respond back to my text and tells me the day before I was supposed to be there.
Again, I am thinking this may be about money, considering that I charge $120/day, which results in $240 for the entire weekend, on top of full time childcare center tuition. (The baby attends a center full time during the week.)
What to do? I don't feel like texting MB about this weekend, only because I believe what happened last month may happen again. I would like the reference because it involves working for an infant, but don't really need the reference because I have enough, and because I don't know if M and DB would necessarily be able to give me one, due to flakiness.