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To be shocked that my nanny cant cope with looking after my children full time in the holidays ?

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demandingboss Mon 11-Aug-08 13:22:48

Thats it really. We were away for the first 2 weeks.She has had them for 3 weeks and only has this week to go then she has a week off which is costing me a fortune to cover and then she has 3 days one week and 2 days the next and they are back to school.

Told me this am that she cant cope with having them 11 hors a day in the hols its just too exhausting and she spent all weekend in bed feeling poorly with the stress of it all.

She gets paid full time wages all year rund and has lots of perks ( and I maen lots ).

She seemed to be suggesting that they could go to holiday club so she could get on with some studying during the day!!!

I was so gobsmacked I just left and acme to work!

To be honest Im not expecting to get any replies to this as you will I am sure be too shocked to type!

CountessDracula Mon 11-Aug-08 13:23:48


that is shite

moondog Mon 11-Aug-08 13:24:15

How many kids?
How old?
How much do you pay her?

melpomene Mon 11-Aug-08 13:25:07

YANBU (unless you have 2 year old sextuplets)

ComeOVeneer Mon 11-Aug-08 13:25:42

She wants you to pay her and pay for summer camp so she can (be paid to) study! No wonder you are shocked!

TotalChaos Mon 11-Aug-08 13:25:53

shock. when I first read your title I assumed you meant it was your elderly granma who was struggling! sounds like she's not exactly suited to the job does it...

CountessDracula Mon 11-Aug-08 13:25:57

hey moondog
are you having fun
(sorry for hijack)

Fancy a swap again Oct h/t? Or will you be there again?

ThatBigGermanPrison Mon 11-Aug-08 13:26:21

Goodness me, is she getting proper nanny wage? I'd suggest she spends her time at the weekend relaxing positively instead of wallowing in bed. You're a mum, not her mum.

sitdownpleasegeorge Mon 11-Aug-08 13:26:40

impossible to answer without knowing how many kids and what ages.

demandingboss Mon 11-Aug-08 13:26:42

2 children 7 and 9........£300 a week net plus free car , food accomodation and all bills...........

moondog Mon 11-Aug-08 13:27:35

Yes CD. Tis wonderful Housekeeper rustling up dinner as I speak. grin
Not sure of dh's time off. Will discuss v soon.

ilovemydog Mon 11-Aug-08 13:27:51

keep me in mind if a vacancy arises! smile

No, you are not being unreasonable!

Soapbox Mon 11-Aug-08 13:27:52

Go back to her - the sooner the better - and tell her that what she is doing is what you contracted her to do. If she can't fulfil the contract then you will find someone who can.

CountessDracula Mon 11-Aug-08 13:28:00


moondog Mon 11-Aug-08 13:28:07

Hmm, she istaking piss yes.
Study for what???

ThatBigGermanPrison Mon 11-Aug-08 13:28:18

Find a replacement. You''ll probably get one if you ask on here! She sounds crap.

onepieceoflollipop Mon 11-Aug-08 13:28:21

Has she been previously able to "cope" during holiday periods?

CarGirl Mon 11-Aug-08 13:28:41

2 children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's having a laugh unless she is very inexperienced. Yes exhausting (well if they're bickering all the time it is mentally very wearing) but it's her job for which I think she seems well paid!

JuneBugJen Mon 11-Aug-08 13:29:25

agree with soapy. Its not like you are as large as the von trapp family. She should be able to cope with 2 at that age as a nanny.

ilovemydog Mon 11-Aug-08 13:29:35

moondog - you should start the 'what's for dinner thread' - I always look to see what delightful meal you've had...

kikid Mon 11-Aug-08 13:29:44

Get another nanny, shes rubbish!

2 school age kids , tis a doddle!

hertsnessex Mon 11-Aug-08 13:29:54

she is really taking the p*ss. id look for another nanny.

elkiedee Mon 11-Aug-08 13:30:06

That doesn't sound that hard, particularly for someone who has chosen to work as a nanny. Yes, I'm sure it's harder work than in term time, but she could have planned things to do.

demandingboss Mon 11-Aug-08 13:30:27

she has 20 years experience. DS can be a little challenging at times but I think its becuase he is bored.

But then arent I paying her to deal with that ?

moondog Mon 11-Aug-08 13:30:33

Sorry....CD have you been to Maine yet?

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