Does this sound reasonable to you?

United States
July 27, 2007 3:07pm CST
So I've recently started a new job. My boyfriend's sister has two kids, and she's a single mom, she's not rolling in the dough, but she gets plenty of money from child support and since her parents own her house, they don't charge much for it.. She asked me if I would be interested in watching her two kids while she worked. I told her I would. The first couple days were alright. I would get there at 9am and she would come home around 3, so I didn't have to work too long of hours. As the days progressed she started going to work earlier and staying later. Now the most common times I'm working are 8:45-6:30ish. The thing that really gets me is it doesn't matter if I work long hours, she always pays me the same $100 a week. I watch 2 kids, 5 days a week, atleast 5 hours a day, sometimes up to 9 hours. Does that sound fair to you? What would you do if in this situation?
2 responses
@cripfemme (7710)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I think, as other people said, you need to talk with your sister. It might help to write down your feelings and opinions before you actually begin the conversation. That way you won't forget the points you want to make.
@nowment (1758)
• United States
27 Jul 07
It sounds to me like you need to talk to her, ask her about it and tell her how you feel. Tell her that you can understand how sometimes people do have to work extra hours etc however to not assume or take for granted that you are just going to be there all the time with out her checking first. Let her know how you feel if you don't mind and can afford for her to limit the amont she pays and she is really strapped then I can understand how you would accept this. However if she from what you have said has multiple sources of income and doesn't appear to be strapped, then let her know that no one is going to work a 45 hour work week for 100 as that is only 2.20 an hour. How would she feel if someone expected her with out asking her and just assumed she would work for 2.20 an hour? How would she feel if someone CHANGED the terms of her earning, ie hours, and rate of pay with out asking her just assumed she would do it?