Lost my job today, if that is what you want to call it. I was babysitting my step sister in law's 2 1/2 year old daughter for 3 1/3- 4 hours daily. Charged $10 for that. And from 3:30- 6, I would watch the daughter and the 6 year old son- even drove them home with me to watch till she got off work (she lives right down the hill from me). Charged her only $10 then. On the days I didnt bring them home with me, I just charged for babysitting the girl. That usually comes out to $280 a month, at the most.
Now she is complaining that I charge too much- that I am being greedy. That I should be willing to charge less because I am not babysitting all day. So here is her new solution to her childcare woes- she is gonna ask MIL to babysit the son from the time he gets off the bus till she picks him up- for free. And she has allowed her daughter's daddy to come and get her- and now she is gone to another state till August, when she starts Headstart. (I wonder how DHR will feel about that...)
Here is where I get mad at. What if the girl gets sick? We already had to cancel 3 doc appointments, all her speech therapy she was in, 2 dentist appointments, and a surgery to get tubes put in her ears. Every time she has gone to her daddy's family for more than a week, she comes back having forgotten about her potty training (they still put her in diapers, not pull ups or training panties). She isnt talking much, her vocabulary is only 10 words, but after she visits the family over there, she takes 3 weeks to get back to where she was before.
Then the woman had the nerve to send this to me (word for word): "I hope you dont ever need me to babysit. I wont do it anyway. Which you wont because you are too stupid to hold a job down. You couldnt cut it at Subway, you wont cut it as a mother." So I sent back, "At least my child will be more important than my job. And the reason why I dont have a job- babysitting your needy children takes all my energy and time. And you have no right to comment on how I will be as a mother. You routinely let your children stay sick without going to the doc because you work all the time. We had to cancel her last 2 surgeries because you had scheduled YOUR dentist appointments those same days. K (MIL) is so stressed- and you want to add more stress to her already. She is too old to raise any more children- but she is raising yours. You dont work with D (daughter) speech- and your son is in danger of failing kindergarten because you dont help him at home. Their meals consists of McDonald's and frozen waffles. Dont judge my parenting skills- look to your own house first."
I know, I am complaining, but I am tired. No sleep in 2 days. And stress with family. Now I get to deal with this. Grrr. Was I really charging too much? Was I wrong to finally let her know how I feel about her?