So the job search for a NF hasn't been great at all. The families I've interviewed for were not any different then the current, and today with my current family it has not been good. Mom decided to go out and run errands and has been out for 4 hours, Dad and sons came back from a few days of camping and I've been adjusting to a new schedule for the Summer. So, Mom sent a text saying she was otw and asking for me to start dinner for the family, ok fine I can do it.
I started nannying 2 weeks ago for a great family with 17 month old twin girls and a 4 year old boy (will be going into kindergarten at the end of the summer). The problem is that I'm having a hard time managing the three of them all together-the toddlers are very mobile and get into everything, and the 4 year old is very active. I need to keep my eyes on the toddlers at all times, and its difficult just going back and forth between the two of them, but then you add in the 4 year old who always wants me to do things with him and gets upset when I can't give him my full attention.
I have been with my family for a little over half a year now. They recently got a new puppy. They asked me first if it was okay with me since I will be with it for 12 hours a day and I was hesitant to say yes but felt bad because I know the kids really wanted one so I finally gave the okay. (However, after I said yes I found out they had already bought the dog). Obviously puppies are a lot of work and I'm just really regretting the whole thing. I haven't been told or asked about any raise in pay (I'll see when I get this paycheck if it's higher) but if it's not, I will be really upset.
The family I'm currently nannying for has 2 kids, a 5 yo boy who is fully potty trained BUT he still "needs" to be wiped every time he poops....from my experience most kids his age, especially boys, should be fully capable of wiping themselves. I know some parents want to check after them, which is reasonable, but he won't even try and they don't seem concerned about teaching him. Has anyone ever had an experience like this? Also the 2 yo girl wants to potty train and is over diapers. When I brought it up they said they wanted to wait until she was 3.
This is a vent post (mostly). Is it me or does it seem like some NFs have no understanding of basic day to day life? I'm feeling more than a little annoyed when I have to answer the same questions over and over. Especially during the precious little down time that I get. I understand- believe me- how anxious parents get. It just doesn't make any sense to ask me over and over "what did he eat? How fussy is he? What did he do?
I began a job in February. The hours are long (6-7:30) two days a week and a 10 hour day. I knew this when I began but since beginning I've gotten married. It's so hard being newly married and not being home, so for my family I quit. They were very unhappy and asked me to stay until they replaced me. That was 4 weeks ago. They decided to get a live in au pair and the paperwork will take an additional 6 weeks! I want to help them but on the other hand I had to quit because this job was too much for me and now they want me to stay until August.
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I have been working for a family with 4 kids for about 5 years now. Occasionally the kids have a play date that lasts anywhere from 2-4 hours. A few weeks ago, my employer asked if it was ok to plan a play date for her 11 year old son (he also has a twin and can be a handful!) but I said that would be fine. Yesterday she informed me the friend would be here from 7:30-3:30! That's 8 hours with 3 loud, chaotic, 11 year old boys in addition to the 9 & 7 year old siblings. I feel a little taken advantage of. It seems more like I got roped into free babysitting rather than a play date.