Dad Claims That the Babysitter Is Too Expensive for Charging Full Fees While the Baby Is Asleep
A babysitter has been left feeling irritated and offended after being called out for charging her standard rate even when her client’s baby is sleeping.
Rather than comprehending that he is paying for the babysitter’s time spent caring for his child in other ways while she sleeps, the man lashed out at her, telling her that he shouldn’t have to pay for her during nap times.
The young babysitter explained on Reddit that she had been looking after the toddler for over 12 months when the father made four separate comments about feeling entitled to her time without paying for it.
“While the baby is napping I clean up after messes, sometimes wash the bottles if he hasn’t yet, help the mum with Spanish homework, making flashcards, or make the baby food,” she wrote on the ever-popular Am I The Asshole sub.
“Today he said “you get expensive if you’re here while the baby is napping”… which feels like a slap in the face because of what I do while she’s sleeping.”
The young woman added: “They’re pretty well off and it’s frustrating to think that they can spend money on lavish things but not a service.”
Toddlers are bloody hard work and it sounds as though this young woman is doing everything she can to help the family care for her when she goes down for her daily naps.
After discussing that she had considered quitting her job with this family, the woman agreed to sit down and talk with the parents to try and reconcile their differences. She updated her post shortly afterwards, revealing that the father didn’t take it seriously and tried to change his side of the story when his wife was present.
“The mom was super sincere and apologetic. She said she understood how doing my job could be uncomfortable with comments like that as she used to be a babysitter. Dad finally apologized after he tried blaming me and I explained myself. Mom said they really want to make amends for the situation, and said my help was invaluable to them.”
It’s hard to understand the father’s perspective here, on the account of the fact that misogyny doesn’t come as naturally to me as it clearly does to him. His attempts to devalue this young woman’s time and efforts in caring for his daughter are deplorable, to put it mildly.
In the end, the young babysitter wrote that she no longer felt comfortable working for the family and is considering not returning in future.
Let’s hope the mum insists on the father stepping up to be the child’s full-time carer in the interim before they find another sitter as qualified at their last.