Okay, I do daycare in my home. I have only 1 little girl at this time. She is here 11 hours a day 5 days a week. I've set my hours I'll take kids to the hours she is here, so Monday thru Friday 1PM to 12AM, give or take a few minutes. I need my sleep so I won't start earlier, and I like my days off so I won't work week-ends. This had caused me not to be able to take other kids. I kind of like having it this way right now and her Mom lets me use her car while she is at work. (Which means once or twice a week to run errands)
So my problem is that she gets paid every other week. She pays me every other pay check, or once every 4 weeks, except when there are 3 paychecks in 1 month. Then she wants to wait 6 weeks, so she can have a whole paycheck free to play with. My problem with that is, I'm already giving her a break in the amount she pays me. And this messes with MY bills and rent being paid on time. I charge her $550 for 220 hours, any one else would have to pay $660. She wants to pay me by the "month", the same amount a month regardless of the amount of hours. I'd be fine with that if she always paid me on the first of the month, but with paydays every other week that doesn't work well for her.
I want her to pay me every 4 weeks, $550, not by the month. Do you think that is unreasonable? I'm not good at confrontation, so I don't know how I'm going to handle this. This month there are 3 paydays for her, she wants to pay me this first one (on the 3rd), and then not again until the 14th of September. I feel like I already do so much for her, I'm going to be the learning coach for her daughter this year when she starts kindergarten in Connections Academy, an online school. I watch her when I'm sick, I watch her when she is sick, I feed her at least 2 meals and 1 snack a day sometimes 3 meals. I only take one week off for vacation and will work with her on when that is depending on when she can take the time off. I'm the only one she has to take care of her daughter. On the other hand, she is a single Mom. I've been there and know it's hard. I feel like I'm being mean wanting to take that extra paycheck from her.
My DH works the same hours she does, but he either is making quite a bit less than she is or she gets a lot more assistance and / or child support than I think she is. We won't be homeless if she takes that paycheck to play with, but it will take some creativeness to make it all work. I usually pay the rent out of my paycheck each month, for September I'll have to save some from each paycheck DH gets, meaning less money for food and any extras we might need. School starts September 4th, DS will be going to Connections Academy too, so we don't have to get school cloths and shoes. Which will help. I just don't know ... What do you think?
I just realised how long this got to be, sorry for the novel.