Used and Abused?
I am a new nanny and I have been working for a family for the past 7 months. I watch 3 kids (a set of 6 year old twins and a 4 year old). I work for a wealthy family and I make $17/hr. I also work 60-65 hour weeks that sometimes turn into 70 hour weeks. I love the kids like they are my own and I have a very strong bond with them. My problem is with the parents. They are always late (sometimes an hour or more without notice) and I don't get any overtime. I gave them 9 months notice for a 4 day vacation and they said that they will try to work it out. I don't take sick days and although I was promised federal holidays off, I usually end up working those too since the parents like to go out when they are both off.
The father is a nice guy, but the mother likes to "job creep.". At first, I just took care of the kids and their needs. Now I do the parents' laundry, their dishes, clean the house and any other errands they need. I take the kids to their daily activities and I get to use the family car. I am always begging for gas money since the car is on empty at the beginning of the week. I sometimes have to use my own money to gas up the car. I don't get paid back.
I dread coming in on Mondays because the house is destroyed. The dishes are piled, the laundry is everywhere and the kids toys are all over. I don't have time to play with the kids because I am always doing housework.
I feel like I shouldn't be complaining, but I live in NY and I have a degree in childhood education. I can't find a teaching job because of the economy. I make good money, but something seems off. Am I being used? I made a huge rookie mistake and didn't sign a contract. That will never happen again.
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