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Help! Awkward situation

I have been with my current family for about 6 months now. Everything has been relatively great, the kids love me (aside from when I have to discipline them) and the dad seems to like me, I've never gotten the feeling that the mom cares for me though. Things are sometimes tense between them, which I understand, raising two kids and working very demanding jobs can do that. But this week has been out of control.

Update on the nap situation

The other day i posted that the 2yr old was climbing out of his crib. Well the parents transitioned him to a toddler bed and I guess he's been doing awful at night. He napped for the first time yesterday in his toddler bed and fell asleep no problem-no crying or climbing out. Today is a different story! He's been screaming for a hour and a half and nothing I do helps. He'll calm down if I sit by his bed, but the minute I get up to leave he screams again. I can't sneak out of his room without him waking up (stupid squeaky hardwood floors!). Any advice on how I can keep him in bed?

Telling parents about bad behavior

I have been nannying for a family with 2 kids for about 7 months now. The kids are very spoiled and expect me to do every thing for them. They talk back, ignore me, and throw fits. It seems to be getting worse over time as they get more comfortable with me. I have talked to the parents a few times and they always seem shocked, apologize and talk to the kids after I go home and sometimes make them apologize to me. However, lately they seem uninterested and annoyed when i report bad behavior. Should I continue to tell them? And how much do I go into detail?

1 weeks notice, kids in daycare.

I nanny for a 20 month and 4 year old.
I put in vacation dates in Jan as my nanny mom is a doctor and needed to know asap. I will be gone for 8 days starting June 1st for my sister wedding. Nanny mom told me yesterday the 25th that they wil not need my help for the ENTIRE month of June and will put the kids in daycare. I will only be gone until the 8th of June. Only a weeks notice I feel is inconsiderate. I rely on that paycheck I normally work 50 hours a week. They will not be paying me anything for the time they don't need me


Toddler choices

I've been with this family for 1.5 years and I'm at a loss at what to do anymore. The little boy is 3.5 and will not make any decisions on his own. For example I'll let him decide when he gets out of his time-out, so that he can calm himself down on his own terms and then he can decide to stay and play own his own in his room or come back and join me and his sister. Once he is calmed down he just sits in his bed and if I don't come immediately to tell him he can get out he will get upset again and work himself up and start screaming bloody mirder again.

Nap help

I have been in childcare for 25 years, the situation I am facing right now is a first for me though.
I work 06:45-18:00 M-F, the lady I work for is gone for work during that time. She has a 4 month old boy and is a single, first-time mother. I completely understand that she wants to spend time with her son when she gets home from work, but she is destroying his sleep schedule.

Frustrating Preschooler.

So I watch a little girl, A, 2 ½ and her baby brother, C, 13 months. In March, their cousins' nanny had some brain issue and had her license suspended for a minimum 3 months and as a result I now am watching E, 3 ½, and H 12 months as well 2-3 days a week. I don't mind it, much better pay and it's fun to kinda have twins and A now has someone to play with. The problem is E. He'll be 4 in July and is just so....... Frustrating. I'm very hands off? (I'm not sure this is the correct term..?) but I try to teach my NKs independence from the beginning.


The 2yr old I nanny for has always been a great sleeper. Parents put him to bed at 6:30pm and usually slept until 6:30am. Then last summer I transitioned him to one nap. Lately he has been waking up by 5:30 (or earlier) and refuses to sleep for nap time. Today he screamed the entire time and climbed out of his crib (twice) and fell to the hardwood floor. I had assumed this was a first but when I told the dad and his response was that he did it 6 times this weekend. I said I was not comfortable having him in the crib anymore then-the injury is under my supervision then.


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