Today is the last day I am babysitting the children. The family has decided to take the children to grandma’s an 1 1/2 hr. drive each day. I think it added up really fast for them money wise.
I am glad and I am not glad for the following reasons. They really used me to the max during these last four weeks. They cut hours as they needed to reduce the fees, but I never knew when they were coming or not. I was not able to plan my day as I had to be waiting to see if they showed up at my door. A few times I was asked to watch the children till 7pm which really created a mess for our evening family time. One time I was asked till 8pm but I said I couldn’t that was too much for our family.
The children were sick one week and they still brought them to me. The little girl had yellow/green mucus, a sure sign of infection. These parents didn’t even take her to the doctor. They said she is always sick and they just let it run it’s course. I told them I couldn’t watch a sick child, because I had to think of my family. If they get sick I have to go thru difficult days while they get better. If I get sick, I will be out of commission and can’t watch their kids. If my husband gets sick he has to miss work. All in all not a good scenario. One of the reasons they are taking her to grandma besides money is that grandma will watch her when she is sick.
I think that is the best scenario for this particular family. Grandma will be at their beck and call, will watch sick children and best of all she is free.
I will miss the little extra income but fortunately it isn’t needed to make ends meet. I will try to find another family that needs my help, but not in any particular hurry 🙂