I am currently working as a Nanny/Housekeeper. I've read lots on these forums about how the two are actually separate jobs but I've managed to get myself in this situation. I work for a family with 4 children: 3, 8, 11, 14. The 2 older ones are pretty self sufficient. All girls.
Here's my day:
7am: Help dress 3 & 8 yo. Feed them breakfast. Brush teeth, hair, etc. Send off 8 yo to school. Play with 3 yo until 9am. Pack her lunch and send her off to school.
9:15 am Walk the dog.
9:30 am: Make 5 beds, wash bed linens and towels 1 x week (I do towels on Monday, parents bedding on Tuesday, 2 girls beds on Wednesday, other 2 girls beds on Thursday and then there will inevitably be someone who had an accident so it all shifts around), wash blankets and bedspreads monthly, put away toys, school books, laptops, hair supplies, toiletries, pick up clothes off the floor, figure out of they are dirty or just left out, fold, put away.(The kids are not required to put anything away. I am not joking.) Fold all the laundry that was washed by the night nanny. Clothes for entire family. Clean 5 bathrooms, sweep floors (massive apartment - 3 apartments merged into one), take out recycling and garbage, put dishes in the dishwasher, wipe down marble counter, water the plants, straighten up around the entire apartment, organize closets, cabinets, etc, oh and iron and sew as needed.
12 noon: end of day.
So basically, I am a Nanny for 2 hours and a Housekeeper for the next 3. I am fine with the Nanny part but getting all of the housekeeping done in 3 hours is really tough. The mother tells me it should not be a problem, she could do it, but I am there until 1 pm every day and not getting paid for that extra hour.
I do not like to rush. I am not slow but I take the time to do things right. Like today, I was grabbing the broom and I noticed the broom closet was a mess. So I vacuumed out the closet, wiped it down, re-organized the brooms, and moved the dusters to the supply cabinet and I cleaned all the brooms with the vacuum. It's not required of me but I put in that extra effort and now she is using it as an excuse that I am slow. In a perfect world, I'd just make her try and do what I do in 3 hours.
I am horrible at defending myself. We don't have an agreement. And on top of this she is messing with my pay. I used to wok for a cleaning company and she was a client. She then poached me. She told me it was light housekeeping and nanny. I do the exact same cleaning as before. Even more because now I am doing laundry and making beds and childcare. My pay for cleaning was $70 for the first 4 hours and $20 for each additional hour. So she pays me $90 per day. There have been a few days where I have worked extra hours but she only pays me $18 for those hours because $90/5=$18.
Anyone think this is a bit much? Any advice on how to deal with it?