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I agree about the incessant calling...but when I was babysitting as a teen, the only dishes I would wash were the ones I personally had dirtied, and I'd probably do the kids' dishes, too, just because I was there. I would never unload someone else's dishwasher, because a) I don't know where everything goes, and b) I was taught by my mom that it's rude to open other people's cabinets.
I would generally tidy any mess made during the babysitting gig, but certainly not anything that was messy before I got there.
I'd actually be pretty peeved if a babysitter took it upon him/herself to clean my house, do my laundry, etc., while babysitting. I could understand it, maybe, if the sitter got bored, but we have a Wii, PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and 2 pretty impressive gaming computers, not to mention 400+ DVDs...there's no reason any teenager should get bored enough to clean someone else's mess.
Please don't let the kids call me on my cell phone to see if
*they don't need to take a bath even though I directly told both them AND you that they did before I left
*the three year old can have a second vitamin today
*any other thing that is not important
|When I ask that they be in bed by nine, and get home to them still awake after ten, do not expect that this thrills me.|
|When the kids are in bed, PUT SOME THINGS AWAY!!!! I am just blown away that you find it acceptable to sit on my couch watching tv - with dirty dinner dishes all over, toys on the floor, etc. It KILLS me to pay you when I walk in to the house a disaster.|
|When I babysat back in high school, my mom taught me to:
*watch the kids, play with the kids, take great care of the kids first and foremost!
*AND when they go to bed, pick up all toys. Do the dishes. If the dishwasher is full of clean dishes - imagine this! UNLOAD THEM! Then you can reload the dirty ones!
*I would put the towels and kids' clothes from that day in the washer and start them.
*I was not allowed to watch tv (my mom's rule) until I had done everything I could possibly find to do - whether it was already there before I arrived or not. Put fresh water in the dog bowl. Wipe down the kitchen counters. Straighten the stuff on the coffee table. Fold clean laundry.
Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
I thought that was a rather condescending and passive-aggressive letter. It sounds like you are not happy with paying $9/hr and are taking it out on her by demanding that she be a cleaner as well. If she doesn't have a problem with cleaning, that's fine but you have to talk to her about it. She's not a mind reader and she's never been in charge of a household before. Ease up a bit and remember what it was like to be that age. Communication is the key here.
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