Confessions of a Nanny
When I first met this mom, I didn't think she was bad. Then when I met the kid, she turned into a Devil. Not only was she the Micro Manage Mama, but she just got downright mean when I would try to help her kid do something. So, before I started, I gave her my hourly rate, and she came back with an offer that was 50 cents less. 5-0 cents! Which came out to like $10 less per week. Now, ok. I've got a lot of experience and when it comes to negotiating, my rate is my rate. I don't mess around. So, I said "my rate is my rate, take it or leave it." Obviously since I'm the shiznit, she accepted. But man, did that leave an awful taste in my mouth about this family and I did not want to work with them. But since it was the highest paying, I accepted it. But I absolutely dreaded every single day.
And sure enough, their cheapness showed at holiday time when they gave me $0 for a bonus and didn't even say thank you after I gave the kid a present.
I ignore them everytime I see them walking around.