So here is a little back story- I ended a job 3 weeks ago that I loved more than any other job I have ever had (the mother started maternity leave and I would not be needed). I started a new job, knowing the family wanted someone for a long time. I was told about the job at the interview. Basically there would be 3 kids, but I would only watch 2 at a time, with two different families (nanny share). My schedule would be known far in advance, and the hours would be very set (they would not change from the schedule given to me). I would not need to do housekeeping apart from picking up after ourselves. I would be able to drive them wherever, and do tons of activities out of the house with the kids. There would be nanny cams, but they never pay attention to the footage, it is just there for home security.
Well within the first week the dad was home late every day. Two of the days, he was an hour late. The other days, 20-30 minutes, with no explanation. They told me that cell phone use would be prohibited at all times. They told me I must ask for permission to take the kids anywhere. They did not discipline the 3 year old, and so he would yell and throw toys and food if you asked him to do something. His parents would let him get away with not listening. I was miserable that first week, and the second week was much worse. They wrote out a "contract" that specified things like what I said above, as well as the chores that were required of me, that far exceeded what I was told in the interview. I quit last Thursday and said I would not be returning.
I received an email today(Tues) saying that they are questioning why I thought it was okay to quit and not give two weeks notice, and how my "parenting techniques" differed from theirs (discipline) and that they would ask me to reimburse them for the CPR certificates they paid for, the background check, and the driving record. They would like me to drop the money in their mailbox. I totally understand that I should have given 2 weeks notice. However, I was incredibly unhappy, and was doing an extremely inadequate job because of that. I was depressed and couldn't even eat or sleep, it was just so awful.
Any advice you have would be incredibly appreciated. Thank you.
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