The Mum of the mindees I have on a Sat has got another job and no longer needs my services. I have had them for a year and I am really upset. I watched the youngest learn to roll over, crawl, walk and she now has a vocabulary of about 20 words. You are supposed to mind them as if they are 1 of your own and include them into your family, but you could lose them overnight. My 2 kids keep asking what we are doing with the mindees on Sat and talk about them all the time. They know all about Mummy's Job, but it's still hard to explain. I THINK I NEED COUNSELLING!!!
It must be very hard. I can see how attached our CM is to ds and I have seen her have to adjust to other mindees moving on. Can you stay in touch at all? Ex-mindees often visit and that seems to help everyone concerned
Ah Sue I know exactly how you feel! I looked after a 20 mth old girl for 8 hours a day for 6 months. two weeks ago her mum got sacked from her job and sent me a text saying she daughter wouldn't be coming back - no notice, nothing! My daughter who is 22 mths is asking after her constantly and I am shocked at just how much I have missed her, especially as we didn't even get to say a proper goodbye - it really is a rotten part of the job. Maybe you could still have playdates every now and again and offer to have the kids for an hour or two if the mum ever needs a break......
aw..my dd today has been singing a song called "i miss you Kiera"!shes only 3!..it was mindee who left thre weeks ago(whos a friends dd and is cming over saturday for tea but dd doesnt know yet..she might even sleep over)
i have mindee who been coming since 7 wks, is off to school in next month and (she is now 3) I am dreading it. i love her like my own, she comes 8 till 6 every day. she is coming back in hols but i will miss her so much. she is special. its impossible not to get attached. best wishes
You are all making me cry just reading these messages. A play date sounds like a brill idea. I suppose I could arrange it for a Saturday now I am free!! I am just scared that I won't be able to switch of C/M mode and P off Mum by 'minding' kids instead of just playing (said badly but you know what I mean). I don't want to jump up instinctively and get there before Mum. The idea of offering to give Mum a break for a few hours is a very tasty idea. I may suggest that.Thanks for all your help xxx
Geez...my heart goes out to you. It's so tough to remain 'professional' when you care for them for such long time! I was made redundant from my family, (now back with them!)and had been with the children for over 8 yrs....god i cried like a baby for days
Oh I know how you feel. My first ever mindee (was with me over 1 and half yrs) left on my birthday last week and she kept cuddling me so tight I had to ask her (nicely) to stop as I kept crying! Mindee and ds are only 1 month apart in age and she was with me 11 hrs a day, Mon-Fri so like family to him. He's always asked at weekends when she's coming back and now I'm getting it during the week too Doesn't want to go to nursery without her etc!
BUT.......she's coming for a sleepover soon and we're going to make every effort to have regular contact so hopefully that will fill the gap!
Ask the mother how she feels about keeping up contact. I'm not a CM but a mother who has used one for DS from 4 months to 2 yrs. We live in the same village as his exCM and used to visit her every other week and now DS is at school, at least once a month.
Our nanny was absolutely devastated when she left, after being with DS for 4 years since he was 5 months old and with DD since the day she came home from hospital.
It really pisses me off when people want someone to look after their children and then don't acknowledge the bond that has formed.
Our current nanny handed her notice in (very amicably - full contractual notice etc) at her previous job because the circumstances of the job had changed. They asked her to leave immediately and did not let her even say good bye to the children. Totally out of order, in my view.
I have this to face soon. DH is posted down south and I will have to give notice. I am especially dreading saying goodbye to mindee 1. I had his brother from the age of 4 months - 3 years, and have had mindee 1 from the age of 4 months