Sorry for the lack o' posting yesterday. It was a pretty brutal day yesterday, and on top of that I'm sick--it makes for a very lovely Nanny! :-)
I'm really questioning working for this particular family right now. I mean, I love nannying, and I've done it for a long time. I know what's "the norm" in the Nanny world and what's ridiculous to expect me to do, and based on yesterday and the day before, Mr. & Mrs. R. are teetering on the brink (no, they've fallen off the brink) of being completely and utterly ridiculous. I know I posted about Mr. R. injuring his back and being bedridden, and about it seeming like I have THREE kids now. Yeah, that's an understatement.
What I did yesterday:
-Picked up E. from school
-Flew to Target with her to get a present for a birthday party A was going to
-Wrapped that present
-Fed E. lunch
-Put E. down for a nap
-Got cold ice packs for Mr. R.
-Fixed & brought up lunch for Mr. R.
-Did four (FOUR) loads of laundry
-Took out all trash
-Fixed & brought up a snack for Mr. R.
-Got new ice packs for Mr. R.
-Cleaned up the cat vomit off the rug
-Went to the grocery store
-Picked up Mr. R.'s dry cleaning
-Picked up A. from school
-Entertained both girls (through TWO A. tantrums)
-Fed kids dinner
-Put kids to bed
-Fixed & brought up Mr. R.'s dinner
-Replaced Mr. R.'s ice packs
-Was finally dismissed by Mrs. R.
Now, a good 3/4 of those things are definitely NOT in my job discription. I am a nanny, and I take care of the kids. I'll feed them and bathe them and put them to bed, no problem. I do NOT do laundry, take out the trash, clean up cat vomit, go to the store & dry cleaning places, do the dishwasher junk, etc.
I don't know what to do. I've been with this family for a long time now, and I'd hate to leave the kids (even though they do drive me crazy!). But Mr. & Mrs. R. are so dysfunctional, and they fight and scream at each other all day long. Did I mention they work at home? It's just a really tough situation. I've stuck it out for a while, but now...I don't know.
All these questions are running through my head, and I'm stressed enough with school already. If I quit, will I be able to find another nanny job already into the school year? Is Star.bucks my best option? Money money money? Not to mention, what IF I give my two weeks' notice and things get better? What if it doesn't get better and it's just awful for those last two weeks?
I don't know. Sorry to be such a beating with this post! I promise I'll be back to my usual self soon. It doesn't help that I'm sick with A.'s nasty cold (remember when she stayed home from school?).
Anyway, I'm going to sign off now. I think a movie and some ice cream will help!
But in the meantime, anybody looking for a nanny? I'm exploring my options... :-)