29. Know Your Worth
This makes me hurt a little, because up to this point my sister was the only one I could mildly get along with within my family, but I guess she is my mother’s daughter so the entitlement shouldn’t have been a surprise.
My sister and brother-in-law are both essential, a law enforcement officer and doctor. So, they’ve needed someone to watch their kids now that school is canceled and a lot of daycare services aren’t around.
Even then the youngest one had been kicked out of two of them and finding a new one is difficult due to that. So I’ve been watching these kids 4-6 times a week depending on their schedule, anywhere between 7-12 hours a day.
I was told to wait until they got paid, then told to wait for the stimulus check to come in and they’d pay me for it. At that point (and I do have the text) it was going to be $85 a week, regardless of that 4-6 times a week.
Well, they got the stimulus check-in. My sister gives me $55 and tells me that this was for the babysitting. I told her this wasn’t what we agreed on. I was told that I should be grateful because she has been feeding me.
No, she hasn’t. I bought my own food and tended to have to buy the food that these kids were eating for lunch. I was told it was just like “hanging out having fun” playing video games with my nephews.
No, it was not. She knows her kids better to know they’re monsters. They are both destructive. It’s a hassle since I have to chase one of them around all the time to prevent them from climbing shelves, or from getting out the front door because these kids were never taught to mind.
I refused to bring my gaming laptop for the older one to play anymore. I told him specifically if he wanted to play on it, he could only touch the wireless mouse and keyboard and play it at the desk, but not to touch the laptop.
So what does he do after getting bored with one game he begged me to let him play? Pick up the laptop and run with it and drop it. I screamed at him—not my best moment—and he had the attitude of a teenage valley girl of “Whatever.
Accidents happen, that’s why they’re accidents. If it breaks, you can just buy a new one,” to which I told him HE would be the one to replace the $1,600 computer. But since that day, he’s been whining about me not bringing it over for him to play with.
I have to deal with these kids assaulting me all the time and not being able to do a thing about it. These kids are MONSTERS and the only reason I agreed to do this was because she was my sister and she needed the help, but I was supposed to be compensated for my time away from MY own work.
I work commission-based jobs at home, but I can’t work on it around them as there’s no pause for me to do it less the younger one would probably run away and get hit by a truck. I know it’ll probably be terrible of me if I just don’t show up for the next few days until they start paying me what they at the very least owed me, but on the other hand, I really just don’t want to be around those kids.