I am a live-in nanny and I was told tonight that I can't stay in my room over NYE as the mother of MB would like to sleep in my room. Other guests will stay I am back from NYC on the 30th and have to work on the 31st, so will probably be tired and the last thing I want is to stay at a hotel and pay £££ for it as it is NYE.
This is one of the situations where I really consider moving out and have my own flat. I don't want anybody sleeping in 'my' room, i have all my personal stuff there
She can 'demand' all she likes - she simply has to be told 'No, that is NJE's room. You only live 5 minutes up the room, we'll organise you a taxi or you are welcome to kip on the couch'.
Why why why do people think they can walk all over others to let some demading prat have what they want??
IF your MB had come to me and said 'Could you PLEASE help me out?? Mum is being a royal pain in the arse and wants to stay here on NYE as DH's family are - is there anyway she could possibly use your room? You can have the couch or we'll book you into a hotel' - then I would do it, but I would not be told that she was staying in my room and I'd have to sort myself out.
I am so angry I can't even go to sleep. I have been a nanny for nearly six years and although I had some horrible employers I have never been asked to leave so that somebody else could sleep in my room. One of my employers once stayed in her daughters bed so she could give her bed to her friend. Apart from that she was awful though. :-)
I planned to stay with this family until I finish my degree but things like this really just want me to concentrate on my studying and life off my inheritance that was planned for the deposit of my first flat.
McPhee - 3 in the bed and the little one said - roll over, roll over...
Why can't you buy your first flat now?
Or do a live-out job?
What degree are you doing?
Don't 'fritter' your inheritance on rent/living costs - really don't, you will regret it.
Just stand up for yourself and say 'No, she can't stay in my room. It is my private space (even when I am not here), it is part of my wage package and contract and isn't something that is up for negotiation'. They may even respect you for standing up for yourself and see that you are in fact right.
The children are rewarding but the parents not so much!
How do you feel about DD going to a childminder or a nursery? I guess that would be the main advantage to doing another few years as a nanny or at a nursery - you woudn't have to leave her. I think it's harder to leave them when you have been in childcare.
This makes me really angry. Do not let them turf you out! The only way I would even consider it is if they paid for me to stay in a posh gaff with a spa and a nice dinner by room service. Even then I'd probably take my laptop and spend the time looking for another job.
Or I'd refuse to work on 31st as the only friend I could possibly stay with lives 200 miles away and I need to spend the time travelling. Oh, and I'd need my train fare paid.
I was a Mon - Fri live in nanny and my MB asked if the grandparents could stay in my room one weekend as it was en suite - the last time they stayed in the spare room they woke the baby being in and out to the loo all night. I wasn't thrilled but I wasn't there, so I said as long as the bed was changed, my bathroom cleaned and all traces of them gone by the time I got back it was fine - and they did that.
I did draw the line when my MB asked if she could share my bed as she was having a girls night in (I was invited) and there weren't enough bedrooms - MB was a snorer and though I liked her a lot I didn't want to wake up with her arm wrapped round me. Eek!
She said I could sleep in the gym. We don't even have a mattress to sleep one at the moment and the last thing after coming back from NYC (overnight plane and I will be jet-lagged) is to work on the 31st and then not be able to have my bed and my room in the evening. I slept three hours last night, I am tired and even more angry this morning.
If you were away over New Year then whilst you might not be thrilled I wouldn't make a fuss about someone using it for one night. However expecting to turf you out of your room when you are there is very unreasonable.
Of course I would feel different if my landlord had asked me. But I usually have a good relationship with my employers. I guess the fact that I never expected them to ask me that makes it even worse. I am so angry. I really consider moving out in the new year and only work as a daily nanny. That would add at least another two hours a day of commute and I could really use them to study. My bf lives in Central London, I work and live in Zone 6 (Surrey border) so renting close to work is not an option for me.
You don't seem to be thinking straight at the moment. If you "move out" you will give them your employers the upper hand as it becomes you and not them who has breached the contract. As it stands now, they are in breach if they require you to leave your room for the night. Are you expecting your wages to be raised if you are no longer living there? There is nothing harsh about what bedhopper has suggested. The only "harshness" is from your employer in their expectation that you are to move out for a night.