This little girl will not sleep unless she's held. She screams if someone is not sitting on the floor so she can sit in your lap to play. If I run to the bathroom, she is beating on the door before I've even had a chance to sit down. She has a fit if my youngest comes to sit with me. If I do get her to sleep, she wakes up as soon as I lie her down and screams until someone holds her.
Because my husband and I are friends with the parents it makes this even harder. They have frequently (about 2x a week) left their kids here until 7:30 at night to rack up some overtime. Then, I've cut my rate because they told me they are going through extreme financial stress. Right after that, they go and finance a new fence and bought a new truck. That alone makes me feel like a schmuck.
Now, heres the scary part. what is school going to be like this year if I keep this little girl? Our curriculum is a lot more hands on, we have lots of field trips to take and projects to do. and I want to start preschooling my 3 y/o. If I can't even pee by myself, how am I supposed to teach my children?
I guess I've pretty much made up my mind that this won't work for my family. Thanks for bearing with my rant. Now I have to figure out how to tell the parents I can't do this any more. Any suggestions? Like I said earlier, these people are our friends so I dont want to b cruel or leave them high and dry. But I can't keep sacrificing time with my children to care for such a high demand infant.
Thoughts, opinions, suggestions?