Free Year-Long Babysitting Idiocy
April 6, 2010 9:58am CST
Am I an idiot or what? When I graduated last May, I decided to take a year off school to work and save money to add to my scholarship. That July, my mom had another child [her 4th Biological child/ 7th including stepchildren]. I was nice [or stupid] enough to agree to babysit the baby for a year, free of charge, because my mom needed to go back to work and the baby was premature so my mom was afraid to put her in daycare and didn't have the money to pay for a personal nanny. So was it stupidity or was/is it my duty to help my parents out, despite how thoroughly it has taken over my life?
• United States
7 Apr 10
Well, you have the rest of your life to work. Sounds like you have school pretty well under control at the moment. If you feel like you're doing it out of obligation and not because you want to watch your beautiful baby sister develop through her first year then you need to have a heart to heart with your mother. Maybe you could set up times when she'll be home that you can work part-time somewhere. I don't think what you're doing is a waste of your life, if that's what you're asking. But, if you really want to do other things as well you need to let your mom know that.