I wondered if anyone else has had a similar problem to mine and how did you sort it?
I look after a baby girl on a part-time basis. This morning she was expected at 8.30, just before I leave for the school run. She didn't arrive in time , so I had to leave without her. I returned and still no baby so called her mum at hom and on her mobile and couldn't contact her. She finally called at 11.00 to say that she wasn't bringing in her DD to me today and would see me tomorrow.
I know I was being paid for my time but am I being unreasonable to expect a phone call to say she wasn't coming first thing? Luckily, I had no other kids today, but we could have been going out or I could have done something with my time!!!
I just felt so cross! I could have been to Tescos or cleaned or just gone for a coffee with a friend!!
I had to keep reminding my self she was paying me any way, but i couldn't relax, didn't know I f I needed to plan lunch etc etc... so annoying!!!
I really do like looking after her DD, and want to continue looking after, but at times, like you say, parents do think that you are at there at their beck and call, and don't think about you as a person with a life outside minding. I think I am fairly flexible with the way I work but I just wish parents could put themselves in our shoes sometimes!
That is a good idea katymac...i don't want her to think I am nagging, just that i would like or need a phone call to let me know. She often calls last minite to cancel me having her daughter and I usually appreciate the time off if I have no-one else but she "just forgot" to ring which annoyed me. Yes, I think I will do that, maybe I will add that if she is late without ringing and I have somewhere to be then I will have to go without her DD. Do you think that would be OK?