My daughter has been babysitting for a family this past week. They have 3 kids ages 4-7. They are not allowed to watch any tv, and when my daughter brought over a couple of G-rated disney movies (Snow white, etc) she was chastised because the mother said the movies are full of latent sexual undertones, phallic symbols, and drug implications.
Okay, enough said. My daughter called the first day and asked me to bring her a lunch as they had only enough food in the house for the 3 children. Okay, no problem there. When I got there, the house was filthy! Not just untidy (as mine always is) but filthy! You couldn't even see the floor because of the garbage and it smelled to high-Heaven of urine. They have no pets, either!
What gets me is that parents are both professionals. The mother is an elementary school teacher
and the father works in IT. They also shorted her on the pay, which my daughter accepted graciously wihout question. Last Friday, as soon as the dad got home, he told my daughter it was time for her to go, gave her the shorted pay and saw her to the door. She was forced to walk home in a thunderstorm (about 1/2 mile), as he didn't even offer to let her use the phone to call me for a ride. I was LIVID!
I have told this family that she will not be back. She is a bit upset with me because she is saving money for some Hot Topic clothes she wants (and I refuse to pay that much for)...am I being unreasonable? I think she was treated unfairly. She is only 14 and this was her first babysitting experience. She was told she would be paid $250 for the week working 7:30-4:30. She was kept very late (until almost 10pm) on 2 nights and was only paid $125...she worked almost 60 hours for this! Plus, she cleaned as much of the house as she could while there. She did this as a courtesy and the fact that she was grossed-out by the filth (if you could see her room, you would know that it was VERY severe for her to be bothered...she doesn't clean her own room but once every few months!)
Just my ranting...