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|Tue, 04-06-2010 - 6:26pm|
When will i learn?
There is a mom with twins (approx 9) and another girl (age8) that I babysat for 1 week when I first started daycare. This mom was going through a hard time. I babysat, she kept "forgetting" to pay me- long story short- I think I got paid- but took about a month.
I see this mom and her girls at school- her children attend same school that my kids attend and that I provide escort to. I am polite but have sort of kept my distance.
I heard from my other provider friends that she was in a bind and really needed daycare. All of them were full. Anyways she was supposed to phone me before Easter wknd to see if i could do daycare for her again. She didn't call. But she showed up at my door on Easter Monday( a holiday for me). I was heading out the door to do some things with my own children. She told me that she just got hired at a dr's office. She is a nurse. She is living in secret housing- hiding from abusive ex- she needed someone to provide after school care for all the girls. I felt bad for her. I lowered my rate and offered to look after the 3 girls for $30 day (after school care). I told her my daycare was closed at 5pm sharp. She was okay with all that. She would normally be picking up girls by 4:30. 4:45m.
Well you guessed it. Today was the first day. She didn't show up until after 6pm. I asked if she was planning on being this late everyday and reminded her of my closing time. She said she probably would. I then apologized and told her that I was done at 5pm. I offered to provide care on Thursday this week. But said I had obligations and commitments after 5pm. She cried and left. And now I feel crappy. Also, stupid me, because she was starting a new job i agreed to wait to be paid. My guess is that I provided childcare for free today. sigh.
I am so disappointed- because I want to help people when I can- but this proves again that everytime I take off my business hat- and try to be "nice"- I end up feeling used. The only good thing is that i had the nerve to say something today before this situation continued.