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post #11 of 22 Old 08-28-2013, 08:18 PM
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post #12 of 22 Old 08-28-2013, 08:55 PM
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Honestly, I don't know how much say he has anymore since I did open my big fat mouth about possibly taking another job.
He got home from work today and basically did a bit of damage control after his wife acted so bitchy this morning. I guess she has been talking about putting the kiddo into full-time Montessori school which would cost a pretty penny. She said from the get-go that they can only afford to pay me ~$125 a week for full-time care, but yet she has had 2 Mercedes and now drives a volkswagen.
And James (the dad) mentioned a comment she made recently "well she (meaning me) is getting married soon" and I'm fairly certain that wasn't meant as a good thing as far as my position goes. I'm thinking she was using that as another reason to let me go. I asked him if I turn down the other job if I would still have a job watching the munchkin and he couldn't say for sure.
I am really stressed over the whole thing. I don't know what job is the right one to go with. I would definitely have more fun and less drama with the quadriplegic. She is a really cool girl and there is so much less pressure.
I just worry about losing that job again. What happened last time was her boyfriend came over on one of the nights I was taking care of her and while I was doing laundry they got high. He was supposed to help me get her into her wheelchair for therapy the next morning but he had kept his high up throughout the night and couldn't get out of bed, and as a result she missed therapy and she wound up quitting and moving in with him. They aren't together anymore and she has grown up a lot, but I still worry that something might happen again.
It might be worth the risk tho, at least I won't have to feel like I am on the verge of getting fired like I have been for months at my current job.
I hate to say this but it's a hard learned lesson. Never say anything about the potential of taking another job to an employer or anyone who may say something to that employer. First they should know of it is when you give your two week notice. There's to much potential for trouble and/or retribution if you decide not to take the job.
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Honestly, you need to think about it. How many people have the patience to watch other people's children, or paraplegics - not to mention the experience of doing so? Redo your resume and if you have to go to an employment agency.

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[QUOTE=Darrin;3489161] Never say anything about the potential of taking another job to an employer or anyone who may say something to that employer. QUOTE]


Very good advice.
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Take the other job and look into going to college. If you want to do what you're doing forever, that's fine, but you will have a better future if you have a degree.
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Never say anything about the potential of taking another job to an employer or anyone who may say something to that employer.
Very good advice
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Not sure where you are at, but here in Illinois (Chicago Suburbs) the going rate for a nanny/baby sitter is $10 per hour per kid. So if they have two kids, it would be $20 per hour. These rates are for everyday nannies/baby sitters, not ones who work with special needs kids. Even though you are not necessarily trained to work with special needs kids, you do know how to help them adequately I'd guess. You are severely underpaid in my opinion and deserve compensation. Take the other job, even if it means going without work for a month. The pay will be better and you will be much happier.

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Not sure where you are at, but here in Illinois (Chicago Suburbs) the going rate for a nanny/baby sitter is $10 per hour per kid. So if they have two kids, it would be $20 per hour. These rates are for everyday nannies/baby sitters, not ones who work with special needs kids. Even though you are not necessarily trained to work with special needs kids, you do know how to help them adequately I'd guess. You are severely underpaid in my opinion and deserve compensation. Take the other job, even if it means going without work for a month. The pay will be better and you will be much happier.
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs (3 minutes from 6 flags) and I never got paid that much.
I have extensive experience with individuals with special needs. I helped raise my severely disabled brother until he passed away in 2005. I have also worked with kids with diabetes, add/ADHD, asoerger's syndrome, Williams syndrome, Tourette's, etc. My passion is with children and working with special needs kids and adults.
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That's what every neighborhood baby sitter or nanny that I know of makes. That is currently though. I can't account for a few years back. One of my sales associates at my work also works part time as a nanny. She is registered with a company that specifically matches nannies to families based off of compatibility. The company makes sure she is paid fairly and treated fairly. They also make ure the family is 100% satisfied with the service they are receiving. I'm not sure which company she is registered with, but I will ask her. (I should see her at work this weekend) On her last job with this company, she made $11 an hour and absolutely loved the family she was working for. It worked out really well for her. Maybe that is the way to go? Get yourself hooked up with a reputable company that will help match you with families?

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Just for your reference, I googled nanny services in Chicago and this is what one of them (http://www.allbestnannies.com/index.html) wrote on their webpage:

What can you expect to pay a nanny? In the Chicagoland area, nannies salaries are between $11.00 an hour up to $20.00 an hour. On average an experienced nanny with excellent references will earn a minimum of $12.00 -$14.00 an hour.

Higher salaries indicate formal child care education, nanny training, a degree, and/or long term employment history.

Live in nannies usually earn $500 to $800 per week. The average nanny works between 40 and 55 hours per week.
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