I am so frustrated!!! My babysitter is very sweet but not very bright. She also doesn't seem to listen to anything I tell her! I should have known the first day this would be an issue. She said she would get directions to my house that morning and if she had any trouble she would give me a call. So she gets lost and calls me. I give her step by step directions and then stay on the phone with her as she follows those directions. The problem though is she doesn't follow them! I tell her to turn at the next light and she turns half way down the road into a subdivision instead! Then my husband and I decide to pay her a little extra to clean the house each week since I don't have the time to do it and she's there all day every day. I show her a list of things we want done and show her how to work our vaccuum cleaner. I get home and the vaccuum is apart and she told my DH she didn't know how to put it back together. I had shown her step by step that morning how to do it!
Today, I was running late and had to leave in 30 minutes. I still hadn't showered and my DD had gotten up earlier than I had hoped to eat. I hand my DD to the babysitter and tell her I'm going to jump in the shower real quick and when I get out I'm going to feed my DD again before I leave so that she can be given her bottles a little later so she's not starving 30 minutes before I can get home (I'm exclusively breastfeeding). So I go take my shower and get dressed. I'm walking out to the living room to get my DD to feed her and I hear the babysitter say to her "Let's get you a bottle." NOOOO!!!!!! I hurry out there and grab my DD up and say that I'll feed her before I leave. I tell her again when to feed my DD her first bottle and then to go every 3 hours after that. I have just enough milk for her each day for 3 feedings while I'm gone (I struggle to get that much pumped everyday). Had she given her that first bottle that early it would have been 4 or 4 1/2 hours between her last bottle and the time I got home to feed her again! NOT acceptable!!! Then I call later in the day to check in and see how everything is going. I ask her when she gave my DD her first bottle (it was supposed to have been no earlier than 9:30 though preferably 10am-these times were specified to the babysitter). She fed her at 9am. So again my DD will have to wait an additional 30 minutes for her evening feeding when I get home. I told the sitter to try and push out her last feeding at least 15 minutes so my DD doesn't have to wait so long all at once. Whether she did or not I don't know. If I call again and find out she didn't do what I said again I may go off on her.
My DD likes her babysitter and she is a sweet person. She is just not very bright and she doesn't listen to me! I'm very frustrated and don't know what to do. I am praying for a job that will allow me to work from home which will eliminate these problems (either my current job allow me to work from home or a new job). In the meantime though, I have to deal with this. I don't know how I'm going to deal with this if she can't get her act together and LISTEN TO ME! My mom suggested to write down all of the specific directions. I don't think it will do any good but maybe I'll try.
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