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Dealing with a stay at home dad

I have been with this family for 3 years and for the most part they treat me really good. The issue I have is that the dad is currently "working from home" after losing two jobs within a year. Not sure what he does all day but he wakes up whenever he feels like it, watches tv and sleeps on the couch. There is no separate play room so when he's snoring on the couch me and the kids are right there with him. It makes me uncomfortable and annoyed that he feels ok to do this. He gives the kids whatever they want as soon as the ask for it so he doesn't have to hear them cry.

When do you teach kids about others who are less fortunate

Hi curious at what age you start to try to teach your kids about other people in the world being less fortunate. For example my four year old never eats. She will say she is hungry but when you feed her she chews so long her body eventually says "gross" and she starts choking the food up. I want to tell her she needs to eat to grow which I do but also that there are kids out there who don't have food to eat like she does. Is 4 to early for her to understand and what do I do? We have already stopped all snacks morning and afternoon because she never eats. Please I need suggestions.

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First time caring for 9 month old

I've previously only cares for kids ages 2 - 10 yrs old. I am caring for a 9 month old 2X a week and the first week I could not get her to nap at all. I've done everything the mom suggested too. She's teething but does it just take time for her to get used to me? I feel bad the baby doesn't get a nap and I'm worried about it continuing. Do babies need to just get used to my smell? I'm sorry if this is all sounding ridiculous - I have no experience with babies, the mom knows this.

First time caring for 9 month old

I've previously only cares for kids ages 2 - 10 yrs old. I am caring for a 9 month old 2X a week and the first week I could not get her to nap at all. I've done everything the mom suggested too. She's teething but does it just take time for her to get used to me? I feel bad the baby doesn't get a nap and I'm worried about it continuing. Do babies need to just get used to my smell? I'm sorry if this is all sounding ridiculous - I have no experience with babies, the mom knows this.

False Advertising

For the past 2 interviews I have been on they have been back up for the main person be out sick or not able to work that day for some reason. What is annoying is when I apply for these jobs no where are the parents stating it is a part time back up position. I am applying on good faith that it is a full time position. If it weren't I wouldn't be applying. Yesterday the parent told me that Care doesn't give them an option and they have to fill all the days out.

Nanny and Parent Guidebook

Hello!

My name is Katie and I am currently writing a guidebook for both nannies and parents, in hopes that the book will help to build positive "business" relationships. I started working as a casual babysitter when I was 13 years old, and worked as an in-home nanny throughout college. Although I now have a full time job as a program coordinator at a learning center, I still babysit for some of the families whom I used to work for on a regular basis, and I am very passionate about working with kids.

New family - poor communication

So I quit my last nanny job that I had had for about a year. The hours were too late for me (I have my own kids who are school-agers/husband) & the commute was too long. Plus I was ticked about them taking a vacation without giving me much notice or offering to pay me anything for their absence. I had two jobs to choose from that I was hired for & I started my new job this week & I think I chose wrong :( There are a ton of perks: NO COMMUTE, the new job is 4 miles from my home, I was traveling 25 miles each way for my previous job.

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