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CM Club: Keeping Parents Happy

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nannynick Tue 11-Sep-07 19:02:43

Oh the joys of trying to keep parents happy. I usually manage pretty well, but sometimes while I may keep one family happy, another family gets upset.

Do you find keeping parents happy tricky at times?
Do you find that sometimes you just can't win - whatever you do or say, just won't satisfy them.

If a family asks you to do some extra days and you can't... do you find it causes conflict?

KaySamuels Tue 11-Sep-07 19:18:16

Hmm... typed a very long dark tongue ion cheek reply to you that the prisoner would have been proud of but didn't want to feel the evil glare of mumsnet. {wimp emotion}

Seriously nick if you find out the answer to this please let the rest of us in on the secret. grin

Rubybees Tue 11-Sep-07 21:42:44

How dare you plan anything on your day off just incase they need you!! I'm too soft yet again this week I've said yes blush but then I did say no last week grin

eleusis Wed 12-Sep-07 09:42:51

As a parent, I think it depends what kind of carer you are (i.e. nanny or childminder), why I needed you, and what kind of notice I was providing.

For example, I have a live-in nanny and sometimes need her to do overnights when DH and I are both away on business. I NEED her to be available at these times. But, if I say on Friday "Hey can you bsit tomorrow night so DH and I can go out to dinner" and she say "nope, I'm going out myself" than that's fine.

And, if we are talking about a childminder, then I would never expect them to be available outside of contracted hours. Great if they are, but I would think them obligated.

eleusis Wed 12-Sep-07 09:43:45


Great if they are, but I would not think them obligated.

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