Hi there. I'm currently nannying for a 20 month old boy 50 hours a week (M-F 10 hour days) and have officially reached burnout.
I have been nannying for 7 years so I've seen and done it all. Most recently my main 2 yr old girl is transitioning into daycare so I took on this family to supplement. There are days where I have both children for 10 hours. I am also a childbirth doula (goal being this as full time career and parents are aware of this and supportive) but this new schedule has not allowed me the time I need to take new births. Both mothers I work for are midwives so it's a unique situation in that we all run in the same circle, our line of friends/employer is blurred, but on the positive side they are very supportive of my doula career and I can't see how they wouldn't be receptive to my needs right now.
I guess I'm just asking for help in how to bring it up. She is a single mother working full time and I enjoy them so much, but my self care is nonexistent right now and I'm so depleted I know I'm not good for anyone else this way. I think cutting down to 3 days a week (30 hours) is ideal for my sanity, but what do I do about the pay at that point?? She'll have to be paying another nanny too...I know this is all just my own thing needing to "suck it up" and keep the emotions out of it, but I'm hoping to get some advice from fellow nannies or mothers who understand how hard the emotional ties make this!! Thanks in advance!!