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I am a non live-in nanny for a single parent of three kids ( two 4 1/2 yr old and a 7 yr old ) and my own 4 mo old that i bring along.

my responsibilities are as follows
* wash all the dirty clothes
* wash and put away all dishes that are in the sink ( even from meals i did not make)
* feed the kids at least two meals a day ( sometimes out of my own pocket)
* clean the entire top floor ( which includes a living room, bathroom 2 kids rooms and a kitchen and dinning area )
* entertain the kids like crafts activities anything to keep them from sitting in front of the t.v
I watch them anywhere between 8-12 hrs a day, and have done a few over nights as well. I'm being paid cash on a bi-weekly basis its not being claimed. For all three kids I make 175 -180 per week lat no matter how many hours i work. What should a fair rate be I can't live on this and support my family as well. They are family which makes it hard to say anything about as well, any suggestions?

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Sounds like they are taking advantage of you. A lot of day cares in my area charge upwards of $500 a week for that (per child)... and dont do THAT much work. I would find something else to do if possible... or research the day care prices and nanny prices in your area and see what they charge, then confront your miserly family member with the info.

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Talk to her about it and maybe get a better job while that's a good side job and maybe she needs a full time nanny

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200 a week. and extra for hours that go past what you are supposed to do. If its family they should understand. You have to let them know that you are having money troubles because they aren't paying you enough. If they still don't pay you more that's not good family and you should watch some different kids for more money.

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That's crazy. Those services are worth much more than that. I don't know what you can do about that, it's up to you.

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You can receive A LOT higher pay somewhere else. They are definitely using you, and you are not being paid enough. Demand a pay raise, and move on if you don't receive what you need. Good nannys are in high demand.

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Good morning ma'am. How are you?
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Morning my Neanderthal friend! Oh much better than yesterday :) My car starter died, broke up with my boyfriend, and was stuck at the mechanic for 4 hours. Good riddance!
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Wow.... Hard for today NOT to be better than all that, huh? I am sorry your yesterday was so bad. I am so glad your today is so much better.
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Well thanks. I will gladly take those well wishes :) Hope things are good on your end as well!
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Oh, I always only wish you well. Yes, things are good on my end. Just woke up. Really hate night shift... I am off kilter with the rest of the world... but, oh well.
How is the weather in Salt Lake? Very hot in Florida.
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Oh night shifts suck bleh! It's warm, but not too hot. I've heard that the humidity is killer in Florida
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I was just in SLC last week for a week. I even thought of you Jackie .
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well, I paid my cleaning lady $40 for 2 hours to clean my apartment and she only dusts everything off, vacuums and sweeps the floor. I think you are being underpaid big time. Unfortunately is family, but family supposed to help each other not bring each other down.

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These are not the duties of a nanny. These are the duties of a nanny/housekeeper. When you accepted this position, were these duties, hours, rate of pay clearly defined in writing and signed by you both? I would suggest that you contact the Department of Labor in your state and inquire about overtime pay, sick and vacation days, reimbursement for gas, wear and tear on your car if you also transport the children. They will provide you with information regarding these issues. I would also strongly suggest that before accepting any employment, a contract delineating these issues is signed by both parties. This will avoid additional duties being added later on and protect both sides should you need to have a court decide an issue. Good luck to you!
P.S. I just realized that you said this is family. I would suggest looking for employment elsewhere. It will prevent hurt feelings within the family.

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Yes it to much work , and she not paying you fairly . When my second child was born we had a non live in english trained nanny . She started working when my second child was 6 weeks old . First and foremost was taking care of the baby and my older. Anything after that , would be picking up after the kids ( toys , dishes after she feed kids anything child related) this wonderful girl was with my family for years . She became part of our family , was employed till the kids had to go to school full time . I never expected her to pull any money out of pocket for herself or my kids when they were out . I could go on .. But yes ask for higher wages or come to the agreement you won't do all those chores. If she needs all that done , tell her to hirer a house keeper . Your job is to make sure the kids are safe and happy during her absents .wishing you the best outcome .oh and yes families are paying alot more then that . so getting a new higher paying job should not be hard .

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rip off. should get at least 300-350/week.

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Show her the answers you received here.

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I have done the same job as you 20 years ago and I made more money than you do. You should get at least $500 or more a week just for watching the kids!!! Then about $200 + for cleaning, cooking, and you should never have to pay to feed those kids out of your own money!!!! You're seriously getting taken advantage of!!! Hope it works out

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I agree !!!
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By not claiming the money, you are putting yourself at risk with the IRS, and reducing your options for confronting this family member for more money. Even though you are certainly being grossly under-paid for the work you do, you have to consider the consequences of working elsewhere where you would have to claim your income since your employer would almost certainly be claiming your services as a deductible expense on their income tax filing. That means you would be paid more, but would have to pay some back in taxes. Given how much you are being paid, you would still be netting more income if being paid a prevailing rate. You would just have to deal with inconvenience of tax filings.

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Why do you continue to do all that work? Stop it! Just take care of the kids forget the housework. What are they going to do about it? Fire you? I doubt it.

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I would skip the cleaning unless I really had the time. You should be paid extra for that.

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hello hitch7014. that is alot of cleaning!! when and where can you spend time with the kids?!! the pay?!! that is not enough not to mention using your own money to buy the kids meals? i agree with some of the above posters; find out the rates and job descriptions of nannies in your area. if your employer can't match it; find an employer/family that can. that is alot of work! good luck.

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