Feel Horrible

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  1. Maithal

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    I watch 2 kids about once a week for 2-3 hours. They are almost 2 and 4. I was supposed to be there this morning at 10am (mom and/or dad are usually home when I watch them). I had my alarm set but didn't even hear it. I feel horrible that I overslept and the mom called me 15 mins. after the time I was supposed to be there. I apologized and she said she'd check with her husband on another time that may work today.

    Then she texts saying: It's okay, it just kind of messed up the schedule for our day, there is not really another time that works, husbands car is in the shop so we will have to get it this afternoon and son has swimming so it's not going to work. I will look at the calendar and let you know when there is another day that works.

    I say: Do you want me to put your daughter down for her nap? I don't mind so you can get car and you can pay me less today for the mishap? I feel terrible.

    She says: We have to wait for them to call us and tell us when it's ready. We will just take a rain check, I will just put Daughter down for an earlier nap. No worries we will just see you a different day.

    I say: I am so sorry I messed up your schedule. I feel horrible. This never happens. I appreciate you saying you will call me again. My sincere apologies. I know how frustrating this can be. I'm free next week any day but Wed. morning and this Sunday.

    She says: Okay I will let you know, I am not sure our schedule for next week yet.

    I apologize again. I feel terrible.

    Anyone have anything similar happen? I hope she is true to her words and calls again. I feel awful!
     
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  3. TeacherNY

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    The only thing you can do is make sure it never happens again if you work for them in the future. 10am is not an early time to work so oversleeping is a poor excuse. If you can't wake up on time maybe you should be setting 2 alarms.
     
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    It has happened to me with a tutoring student - on their end and on my end. It's not a big deal, though I am very apologetic, of course. It's not the end of the world; don't stress over it. You are human - and you felt sick. If she doesn't contact you to continue to work, that is her loss. She needs to be reasonable even if she was inconvenienced.
     
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    I haven't overslept like that but I have been late for my nanny job. They are SUPER flexible because kiddo is able to spend the day home alone with no problems.

    I concur with maybe a second alarm? I set two and I have never overslept!
     
  6. czacza

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    These things happen, Maithal. Get a louder alarm clock and put this behind you.
     
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    I agree-just forget about it. I am not a fan of text conversations that never end. She said it was fine, so let it go. She's probably annoyed, but things happen.
     
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    Thanks everyone! Hope she calls again. I like the family and kids.
     
  9. jenglish97

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    Things happen in life. At least, she called you to check on where you were. It could have been worse.

    As for me, I set both my clock alarm and phone alarm for work everyday. I have it go off 10 minutes apart in case, I do not hear one but hear the other.
     
  10. Maithal

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    Ya I always hear my alarm. I'm definitely setting 2 from now on. Lesson learned.

    Fingers crossed she calls again.
     
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    I'm thinking back to all the jobs & anything else I had to be on time for & I can honestly say I don't think I've ever been late. There's been times I was later than usual to show for something, but was still on time for it. Oh well, things happen!

    Another trick: Have all the clocks in your house & your wristwatches set for 10-15 minutes later than the real time (but just keep in your mind that they're 15 min fast), so that way, if you are late, you may have enough time to still be on time OR at least not be as late again.
     
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    Clocks sent 15 minutes earlier are just going to make you feel you have more time than you do...and result in more lateness!:eek:

    I think you probably meant set clocks to 15 minutes later than it actually is.:thumb:
     
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    No..I agree with Mrs. I...setting the clocks to be earlier than it actually is makes more sense so you will have that extra time when you are running late.
     
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    This is the way im understanding it...So I set my clock to wake me up at 6 am but it's really 6:15 because I set my clocks earlier....that doesnt give me more time if I have to be out of the house at 6:45...now I really have oly half an hour but the clock is telling me I have 45 minutes....I'm going to be 15 minutes late.
     
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    I'm with cza. I set my clocks slightly fast (not fifteen minutes though, more like seven). It works for me!
     
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    No, because if you really wanted to be up at 6, you'd need to set it at 5:45. :hugs:This system obviously doesn't work the same for everyone. It makes perfect sense to me! :lol:
     
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    I think setting them 15 minutes fast means setting them later... so agree with czacza, and think that's what Ms. I actually meant to say (since her statement, read alone, is contradictory).
     
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    Nah..."keep in mind they're 15 minutes fast" means they're 15 minutes earlier like she said...her post isn't contradictory. If something is FASt...it's quick...quick as in terms of a clock or time means earlier. :cool: As I said, earlier works best for me!:)
     
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    Do what works for you! I'm generally early everywhere I go. Kind of live by the adage that if you're on time, you're late.
     
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    :thumb:
     
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    I always feel like if I'm not at least five minutes early, I'm late! The only exception to this is my nannying job. Kiddo is by himself until I show up and the dog is allowed out. I don't like to cut into that time since he puts her in her crate when I show up.
     
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    The child you nanny is alone until you show up? Is the dog only allowed to be out when you are or aren't there? Who puts the dog in the crate when you show up? The child or the parent of the child?
     
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    Put your alarm clock on the loudest setting, and put it on the other side of the room so you have to get up.
     
  25. dgpiaffeteach

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    He's a 7th grader so yes he's alone all morning. I'm there to drive him where he needs to go and to have an adult around when he has friends over. They don't want him staying inside on the computer all summer.
     
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    :lol: Ahhh! Thank you for clarifying!
     
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    I kind of imagined that you were imagining some three-year-old running around all morning alone :lol:
     
  28. Ms. I

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    Whoops sorry guys! I corrected it above. Now of course everyone does whatever the heck they want, but I personally like my clocks/watches FAST (or later than it should be), so for example, it's really 6am, but I want the clock to say 6:10am or 6:15am. By 10 or 15 min is good enough for me. I've had my watches/clocks/car clock set that way for years, not that I'm ever late as it is, but I just want to make sure I'm definitely NEVER late.
     
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    :whistle:ummm....ok Is it silly that I agreed with you when you admit you made a boo boo?? I STILL agree with your original error! :lol::lol::lol:
     
  30. Ms. I

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    OK, hey, we all make minor boo boos at times. :D

    Couple min later...

    I was reading your post again WindyCityGal606 along w/ the others & setting the time earlier than what it really is will make someone late. So you don't want it to say 5:45 when it's already 6:00.

    Well, I still like my clocks later to give myself the illusion that I have LESS time than I do, but there's certain things in my house that I like set right on the dot: Phone, computer, DVR, so I know exactly what time a person called when I get a voice message, for example.
     
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    I once slept through the alarm and was late for student teaching. I was so sick and took Nyquil before I went to bed...didn't even hear the alarm.
     

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