A nanny took to Reddit recently after she refused to provide extra childcare for free. The request came from her wealthy employers, who were looking for a family favor. Here is the full story.
They’re a Lot to Handle
OP is a 28-year-old woman who has worked as a nanny for four years. She takes care of two children, a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.
But It’s a Great Job
OP’s employers are both doctors, and she has always gotten along well with them. Overall, she loves her job.
There Are Kids Everywhere
The mother of the two kids that OP takes care of has a sister who is a first grade teacher. She also has two kids, a 4-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy.
They Wanted More From Her
Until recently, the little kids’ grandmother has taken care of the sister’s kids. But when grandma had surgery, her other daughter asked OP if she would mind taking on the other two children while the older woman recovered.
She Was Happy to Help
OP agreed to the extra work, even though she wouldn’t get any extra pay for it.
Doing Them a Favor
It was only going to be for a few weeks, and she was happy to do a favor for her employers.
They Were All Looking at Her
But as the grandmother got closer to full recovery, she told her daughter she no longer wanted to take care of the kids. That’s when all eyes turned to OP.
More Work, Same Pay
OP’s boss, the mother of the first set of children, came to her and said they wanted to make the four-kid arrangement permanent.
OP asked how much of a pay raise she would be getting for the extra work, and her boss said none.
They Were No Trouble at All
The woman doctor then told OP that she saw how easily she had handled the extra two kids while her mother was recovering. She said it looked like they were no extra work at all for the nanny, so there shouldn’t be any extra pay.
It Just Wasn’t Fair
But OP pointed out that she had been very generous in doing a favor for her boss and her family for a short stretch of time.
But it wasn’t fair for her to double her workload over the course of a 9-hour day in the long term, all for the same pay.
She Couldn’t Afford to Pay
OP’s boss said she was being selfish for not helping a family in need. Her sister was a single mother, after all, and she couldn’t afford to pay for a nanny.
It Didn’t Matter How Many There Were
The boss also said that, since OP was already at their house all day long, it really shouldn’t matter how many kids she watched while she was there.
There Were Other Options
OP responded that there were other options for childcare that the sister could explore. Having a nanny watch your kids was a privilege that her bosses could afford because of their income.
She Drew a Line in the Sand
The argument went back and forth for a while longer, but OP finally put her foot down and said she would definitely not watch her boss’s niece and nephew for free.
She Wants to Keep Her Job
Now, OP is concerned that she might lose her job, which she admits does pay her really well. But she also doesn’t think it’s fair for her boss to ask her to take on so much more work for the same salary.
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