Wednesday, November 03, 2010
You could make bank with a baby hotel and I know this because Jon Stewart gave Betty the flu
So, listen. This is not something I could ever do, because children, ew.
I mean, I love mine with all my heart. But other people's children? Are sticky. And screamy. And have boogersnots. And just ew.
Which is not to say that mine isn't and doesn't. He is and does. He's just, you know, mine.
But look at that little grub. He rolls in the dirty laundry every chance he gets.
So here's the deal: Betty went to the rally on Saturday with Maude's mom. And then yesterday morning she called us, too sick to come over and hang out with our progeny. She's got the flu. She still sounds terrible.
Nick was all, "She got it from one of the millions of people at the rally. She took metro. I bet she held onto the pole with her bare hand and then touched her nose."
I imagined this short video of hand to pole to nose playing over and over.
So Betty is sick-abed, and Nick couldn't stay home for more than a few hours yesterday morning. So I gathered material at the office and headed home. For what turns out to be the rest of the week.
But not before calling one of those emergency nanny services, who I thought I'd just hire for a couple days. This nearly made me pass out.
OK, yes, having your kid well cared for in a pinch? Priceless. Of course. Of course.
But if you want prices? Here's the breakdown.
Signing up to be a client for a year, which means you can call them at any time and they'll find you a nanny: $100. Daily fee if you schedule in advance: $35. This is per day, even if you're going to have the same person two days in a row. Then the nanny charges $16-20 per hour. She quotes her rate when she calls you. If it's too high for you, you are free to ask the agency for someone else.
Ready? This makes $170 to the agency. (Although to be fair, the $100 does last for the year.) Plus nanny fees ranging from $288-$360, depending on her hourly rate.
Total? Somewhere between $458-$520. For two days of care.
I'm not saying caregivers shouldn't be compensated. I just wasn't ready for the numbers.
So I headed into my boss's office and asked if I could take the next two days off. Or work from home while J is napping. I can get things done during his three-hour afternoon nap and at night.
My boss, who has kids and knows how it all goes and really just wants you to get your work done, said sure. Which is wonderful.
But if you didn't work at a family-friendly place? Or for someone understanding? Or make boatloads of cash?
You'd be screwed.