Post # 1
Okay so I am a nanny for twins in Boston ma. I currently make 15$ and the twins are under2 yrs of age. I have six yrs experience so nanny ways. My boss has 3 children the oldest is six yrs of age. She has been on summer vacation since June. Anyways I started watching her a minimum of 3 days a week mind you they never even asked me they just started leaving her home with me. I feed her twice a day very simple meals I also fold her laundry and supervise her for a full shift. I became angry because my boss is not paying to watch this third child. I finally confronted him and he said excuse me you have not been watching her for the start only for about 7 weeks now( I couldn’t believe what I was hearing) he told me that I do nothing for her. Even if it was true that I do nothing for her isn’t babysitting leaving a child with someone the definition of nannying????? I asked for a pathetic $60 more a week. He rejected and seemed offended. Mind you these people are soon professional ones a dentist and ones a senior vice rep. How could they not think I deserved more money this little girl challenges me everyday and she is absssssoooolutely more work!!! Can someone please tell me their opinions on this!!!
Post # 2
Sounds like you need several things. 1) A written contract stating how much $ per child, per shift, and 2) details in the contract about what your obligations are as far as food, chores, etc, and 3) a better employer.
Post # 3
Toliveistolove: I couldn’t agree more with the PP. You need to hammer out all details and have it in writing. These types of miscommunications often occur when the expectations of both parties don’t align and there is no guiding force (a contract).
By the way, you’re watching their kids and I’m guessing they need you so you have the leverage in negotiations. Don’t ask for an extra $60 a week, let them know that your raise is make it or break it for you (if you feel strongly enough to risk your job). Good luck and yes, I believe that you deserve a raise. Usually nanny/babysitting/daycare rates are set per hour and per child.
Post # 4
I would quit then. If they’re not going to pay you for this third child, then they are getting extra child care for free.
Post # 5
Toliveistolove: since you don’t do anything for her, they’d be fine if you just let her wander off, right? Somehow I think not.
I would start looking for another job immediately. These peopleare taking advantage of you and should not be allowed to get away with it.
Post # 6
Can’t edit for some reason, but I wanted to note what I wrote before. I have several friends who have nannied, and all were paid hourly. The one currently doing it makes about $30k/year (maybe more), however that work out hourly, for weekdays approx. 8-5. I’m pretty sure that’s for two or three kids.
$15/shift is less than the standard babysitting rate now, unless your shift is only an hour or two long.
Post # 7
I suggest looking for another employer, and getting familiar with contracts. Contracts will protect both you and the family you’re working for. They should always be reviewed and signed before you start working for a family.
Here’s a link that may be helpful: https://www.care.com/a/do-you-need-a-nanny-contract-07101004
The article is written mainly for the parents, but the information is also for nannies.
If you Google “Sample nanny contracts” lots of helpful examples come up. They will help you get more familiar with what is usually addressed in these contracts and how.
Post # 8
You definitely need something in writing, like other PPs have said. If your employer refuses, I would quit and look for another job. It sounds like this family is taking advantage of you and your services.