Nanny vs Housekeeper...
I've enjoyed reading the other nanny vs. housekeeper submissions because I can certainly relate. I've worked for my current family since the twin's were four months. The housekeeper started before me, shortly after the twin's birth. Her service was a baby gift from the grandparents for one year. After the twin's turned one the parents decided to keep her on, so we've worked together for a while. She loves the boys and is really sweet with them, which I appreciate, but drives me crazy. She is here for two hours each time and probably spends at least half that time playing with the twins. I try to take them outside or into another room but the house isn't very big. I would love to just plan outings during these time frames but she insists on coming at 1:00, which happens to be right in the middle of nap time. I've tried communicating to MB and DB that this is disruptive (the twin's either get woken up early by the noise or aren't able to nap until she leaves at 3). They asked her to start coming at 10, which she did for a week or two. I'm not sure if the switch back was approved by MB/DB or not but I don't necessarily feel comfortable bringing it up again. Her cleaning skills are below average at best. Then again, spending at least half of her time playing with toddlers doesn't leave much time for cleaning. The twin's grandmother comments on the lack of cleaning all the time, so I know it's just not me. If the cleaning was better I'd be less irritated. Not only is she disrupting my days, she's adding to my own work load. My contracts states that I have no chores outside of caring for the children and preparing their meals. I'm supposed to leave the dishes and kid's laundry for the housekeeper but have started taking on both in hopes she'll be able to leave sooner. I often start parent's laundry or other chores as well in an attempt to get her in and out. This was a vent more than anything but I would also love to hear stories and advice.
at 9:17 PM