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🌴How do you handle asking for time off for the holidays? 🌴

Diane Hoelter
Oct. 5, 2018

Last week we asked  "How do you handle work days when you're sick? "  And, we found that it's a challenge to take care of your health while being a caregiver. This week our question is:

 

How do you handle asking for time off for the holidays?

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User in Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 29, 2018

Asking for time off during the holidays is a great thing to discuss during the interviewing process so that both parties are on the same page. From there, any select dates needed off during the holidays should be asked for ASAP and no later than 2 weeks ahead of time.

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User in Warren, MI
Nov. 29, 2018

I find that it is best to discuss time off for the Holidays during the hiring process. Since I have adult children, the Holidays are even more important to our family, as this is the only time we are all able to be together. I usually take off a week around 4th of July, and the week between Christmas and New Years. Plus long weekends for Memorial Day and Labor Day. I set this up in advance with my families as a condition of my employment. Thus far, all the families I have worked for, are more than happy to provide me this time off. They understand that I need family time too.

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Always ask what are the client's holiday schedule before you get hired. Not only you are being considerate, it shows the parents you are reliable, honest, and responsible. Tell the parents to always have a back up plan.

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I believe if you ask your employer in a timely manner, allowing for scheduling to accommodate your requests, generally there isn't an issue. Employers expect requests for holiday time off, just as they expect for vacation requests. They actually appreciate and are more apt to accommodate the request of an organized, well prepared, employee than that of a lax one.

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I rarely ask for time off. When I do need time off, I usually ask weeks ahead of time so the family has time to prepare for my leave.

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I ask far in advance, so the family can make arrangements if needed. It's only October I already know My families plan so I'm currently already letting the families I care for Know days and times of unavailability

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Laura in Concord, MI
Nov. 9, 2018

Most families are very accommodating at holiday times. If I needed to request time off, it would be weeks in advance so that they had time to arrange alternative caregiver plans. I would also attempt to help find the coverage if needed.

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User in Bristol, RI
Nov. 9, 2018

I think it is a good idea before you start a nanny job to ask how the employer would like to handle sick days, Holidays, school vacations, sick children days, nanny vacations and family travel time." Great communication from the start helps avoid asking for time off for your Holidays or their Holidays which may be at different times. Ask asap for time off so the family can find coverage that is part of being a responsible nanny.

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Ciara in Naples, FL
Nov. 9, 2018

When asking for time off on the holidays, I always try to ask months in advance so my supervisor has enough time to prepare for the time I am gone. Due to the fact that I am a preschool teacher's aide, I want to make sure my boss has the days covered and is completely okay with it!

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Rafael in Ocala, FL
Nov. 11, 2018

Can work all holidays.

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I would first ask the family what their plans are for the holidays, and mentally guess whether they'll need me. So if they say that they're visiting family out of state but has'nt asked you to travel with them, the nanny could say something like "so you won't need me?". Ideally, sick days and holidays would be talked about before a nanny is hired. If it wasn't, you can offer to do extra babysitting in enchange for the time off.

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I usually negotiate vacation and time off during the interview and give the family attentive dates when my family is planning a vacation or time off. It usually works well.

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just ask politely

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Brittni in Stow, OH
Nov. 6, 2018

I think that's something that should be established before the holidays come around.

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I usually negotiate the holidays needed before I begin working with a new family. They appreciate knowing upfront what is needed by their caregiver and always will tell you if that is something that they can do for you but always make sure you get it in writing.

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User in Alameda, CA
Nov. 11, 2018

My family is local, so I take holiday and vacation time when the family I care for is taking their vacation, and doesn't need my services on those days. That way there is no need for them to find alternate care.

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Lacy in Americus, GA
Nov. 11, 2018

I go into work even if I do not feel great. But if I have a fever than I do not.

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My situation is unique and I don't ask for time-off during the holidays. I prefer to work my personal life around my work schedule. I stay local and place the needs of my Care.Families first :)

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User in Pembroke, MA
Nov. 14, 2018

I am healthy and fit. Seldomly never need time off. I am available to work holidays. Years of working in restaurants, I am accustom to working all shifts and holidays.

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Karen T.
Nov. 14, 2018

I am able to work all holidays and also willing to travel if needed. If per chance I am sick I would domy best to handle assistance with fulfilling my absence

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I would ask whomever my employer is and discuss about a solution so I am able to have time off or have some time off during the holidays.

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User in Ceres, CA
Nov. 6, 2018

Do my absolute very best at trying to find the silver lining with you and make the best out of your situation and mine!

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If you need time off. It is better to do it in writing. Or if you have already covered this with your employer, give plenty of notice.

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Olivia in Sonoma, CA
Nov. 11, 2018

Asking for time off can be tricky. First, I always give a notice of the days I would like off, so it's not out of nowhere. Then I explain what it's for- dr. appt, family or personal inquiries, etc. I usually explain that it's important and I can always work more to make up for the time I won't be available.

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Ask 2 months in advanced if its a planned thing or at the very latest 2 weeks but if not within the 2 weeks that's my own fault and will have to change my plans.

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i love workig but i take off holidays to be with family depending if i have plans or not

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If I need time off for holidays I will give at least a 2 week notice

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User in Sarasota, FL
Nov. 7, 2018

Honesty is always the best policy! If you are contagious in the least bit, going to work is seems to me, not to be respectful to all. It is also best to call as soon as possible and try to be helpful in a resolution.

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Wendy in Tampa, FL
Nov. 7, 2018

On vacations, he talks with the family and schedules the days and times to work

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I am usually up front way in advance but I don't mind working holidays.

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Honesty is the best policy. I would say, "My family is looking to go out of town for the holidays. We're looking at 'these' dates. How can we make this work with your schedule?"

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I would be up front about my plans for the holidays as soon as possible with my employer. I would initiate a conversation about my plans in the early fall (late August/early September) so that there will be plenty of time to plan for taking time off and adjusting plans.

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Holidays are super valuable for me. They are usually the time I spend with family who I see very little. Since these days are so valuable to me, I usually let employers know well in advance that I will not be available those days. If employers try to ask me to flex my vacation, I simply tell them that those days I will not be available and I am usually not able to flex them. Most of the time, people are very understanding around this, as they are spending holidays with family as well! This has been a reason that I have not been hired, however, as sometimes people really need help over the holidays and I am simply not willing to do this.

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Give as much notice as possible; be reasonable with your time-off request.

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Yolanda J.
Nov. 7, 2018

Time Off for the Holidays should be given in advance notice of two weeks or more. Also time off for the Holiday's should not be needed every Holiday your scheduled to work.

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I need help to renew my application. My new card does not go through. Can you help me , pleaseI could give you a phone number my bank account number.

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Amanda in Belmont, CA
Nov. 11, 2018

I ask a few months in advance and see if I get approved! Then, when the time comes, I say Aloha!

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If you're sick then the family should have a back-up. I went to work at my regular day job and it was a big mistake. I ended up making a lot of mistakes. It's not worth it.

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Ana in Skokie, IL
Nov. 11, 2018

I'll be okay with the family's decision!

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Ask in advance right as soon as you know what your plans are. Offer a trade like I get this holiday off but I will absolutely hands-down no exceptions work the next mandatory holiday.

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I will talk with family about holidays if they need i will stay with the child .

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Janice in Omaha, NE
Nov. 12, 2018

I am in good health. I am single and my son is married and does not live in my home. Holidays are normally spent at home.

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I would give my employers plenty of time in advance and I would kindly and patiently work with them to determine what works best for both of us as far as days/times off.

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We should never be nervous when asking for time off, we all need a little break now and then. I would probably start by saying "I have been trying to plan this trip I would love to take for awhile now and I was thinking about going on these dates.." Work with the family and their schedule and everything will be fine.

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Felicia in Essex, MA
Nov. 7, 2018

First I'd give as much time as possible heads up.. Rarely go away anyway!

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i am very flexible

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While being a college student it is often times hard to find a job considering that I am often in between my hometown and college town. The great thing about care.com is that I am allowed to create my own schedule which shows my availability to all families. If I was to be selected to work with a family I would describe to them the situation and offer possible alternatives such as shortening my break to help best accommodate to their schedule. At the end of the day the customer (family) will always be put first, and if I am needed then I will work to make a way.

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I handle asking for time off by adhering to the outlined staff policies. I follow the advanced notice timeline and if the time off requires travel, I provide pre paid information to support request.

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I add it to my contract before starting with a family what my holidays off are

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It is definitely okay to ask off for some time around the holidays, but know that it is also okay for the family you care for to say no or ask you to take off on alternate days! Being from another state, I will always ask for a few days off around the holidays to fly home and spend time with my family! It is totally okay to ask! It shows that you respect the family you care for and you are taking their needs into consideration and they will do the same for you!

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I ask well in advance of the holiday or negotiate holidays in which the client needs help for alternative holidays to be relieved of duties.

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Lisa in Chicago, IL
Nov. 12, 2018

I would first ask if they needed help on the holidays. If they said yes I would then ask if there were days they would most need me and days they wouldn't as much. I would ask for the days off that they thought they could handle most without my presence and come to a compromise that benefits both parties!

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User in Brewster, NY
Nov. 12, 2018

I've learned that it is best to ask these question before being hired and have them written out. Vacations, sick days, as well as holidays.

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Putting in your leave request as early as possible so that the employer is aware of it is the key. Holidays are hectic enough, not being able to cover your shift makes you look not reliable.

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I believe in respect and that you can create a relationship full of understanding and mutual trust with any family that you care for! I take pride in knowing that a family depends on me for their quality time and I hope that they feel the same when taking into consideration my time off. For a happy relationship between caregivers and families everyone must be content and boundaries have to be set.

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I'm fine with working on holidays, so I don't need off. Also, I rarely get sick.

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Allison in Orange, CA
Nov. 14, 2018

I do not need to ask for Holiday time off.... :) My children are grown and out... In different states, and we have a "family month or three" at different seasons.

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Only when i really needed

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I am very flexible, and just work with the families on whatever is needed.

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I always volunteer to work the holidays. Past jobs I didn't mind.

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Kelly in Irmo, SC
Nov. 12, 2018

If I am sick, I will not come into a home and get the person I am caring for sick. Holidays are negotiable.

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You can ask if they are going to travel for holidays, or if they expect to visit friends, then you nicely will ask time off to spent with your family,its been long time without see them.

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Way in advance.

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I am a teacher so I have holidays off! They may be unpaid but I am very grateful to spend time with families! :)

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I feel like communication and organization are key in this situation. I would talk in advance with my employer to see what their plans for the holidays are and if I already had something planned or wanted to take some time off, I would reach out to them ASAP!

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Debora in Hudson, FL
Nov. 12, 2018

I give them heads up and the few people that I work for before they ever use me I make sure they realize I am part time and subject to flexibility on their side and on mine

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How I handle asking for time off for the holidays is easy, I usually do not take time off for the Holidays as I feel this is a crucial time for care for elderly and families in need. If I would take time off, I would schedule far in advance and find a qualified temporary caregiver for the family in need.

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I don't usually as we usually stay home

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Norma in Imperial, CA
Nov. 15, 2018

Talk with your family that you are working for and see if they can arrange for you to have a few days off.

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If I am going to ask for time off near the holidays, I will give 2 months advance notice.

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I always try to give a month notice and a reminder of days I would like to have off. I have found giving as much notice as possible always help!

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I have different Holidays He won't be a problem

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Ask as far in advance as possible so the family has time prepare and set up alternative care. In my experience, most families are very flexible when given an adequate amount of time to prepare.

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User in Buellton, CA
Nov. 12, 2018

I always try to have a great relationship with my nanny families. That being said I just simply bring up a trip I would like to take and I am usually pretty flexible about when, I feel that really helps because you can work together on when it would be best for the both of you and they can always plan a trip during that time as well or have plenty of time to find some backup care!

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Kelsey in Kapaa, HI
Nov. 8, 2018

I tell them why I need time off, usually to see family and request it with plenty of notice so they can plan ahead need be.

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Give a lot of notice (a month at minimum) and be willing to compromise.

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Tonya in Buffalo, NY
Nov. 8, 2018

I just ask the family if I can have certain days off

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If you have even the slightest THOUGHT that you would need time off during the holidays, tell the family right away. Sometimes the parents are off as well, but don't mention it because they have a million other things going on. But if you mention holiday, the chances are they'll mention it.

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I will inform my employer months in advance when I require time off for the holidays. I will also ask about their upcoming holiday plans, we can compare schedules and I will be as open-minded and fair as possible to provide the best solution to accommodate both our holiday plans.

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I plan ahead at least a month in advance to ensure that all work related parties are available to meet the need of the requested time off.

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It depends on the sickness if it is something that was not contagious then I would plan to do my work as best I could without disrupting others school or work situation. If it was something that could be controlled (like poison oak) I would offer others the option of replacing my services if they could. If it was putting others at risk I would stay home.

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Rosario in Weston, FL
Nov. 15, 2018

I will make contact with one of the members from care.com to see if they can cover for me the days I'll be sick, after making sure I can count with somebody, I will make contact with the person I work for, letting them know that I am sick and I wouldn't like to make anybody sick in the family specially the kids,but there is nothing to worry because I have a care team member that will cover for me for the days I am sick.

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I have found to say I can't work 1 day during the week(Thursday) so to have all appointments on that day so it is known up front. On Holidays, I'm pretty easy on those days so we just make arrangements to satisfies all.

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I try and give as much notice as possible. Check the family schedule first and then just ask. If sick, some of that depends on the family. We all get sick and as a mom, you don't get time off just because your sick. If needed and ok with family, depending on sickness of course, I would still go and just be sure to be extra careful with sanitation.

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When going to your employer you should always approach with respect and kindness. start with it simple asking what their plans will be for the holidays, then simply mention "I was hoping maybe i could be off for the holidays so i can go and spend time with my family. Would it be okay for me to request off?

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I would speak with the family I was working for 2 weeks to a month in advance about the possibility of taking time off. Then I would provide a list of suitable sitters that could fill in while I am away, if the family has approved of me taking time off.

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Clear, honest communication is a necessity when I am working with clients. I would be sure to have my requested days and times figured out, and then ask my employer directly. If I don't make my needs and requests clear, I can't expect to receive an appropriate response.

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User in Harvard, MA
Nov. 12, 2018

I would not ask for any time of without proper notification. That would only happen if there was someone else to do it. I would personally speak to scheduler well in advance.

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I make sure to give plenty of notice (at least a month if possible) for the days i am wanting to take off. I try to be as flexible and work with the families that i provide care for when it comes to holidays because they are important for all of us.

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I wouldn't ask for time off. Most Holiday events are for dinner time and most jobs call for you to work until 6 PM. So there is plenty of time to attend your holiday event without asking for time off.

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You call the employer as soon as you can so they can find help or notify their workplace if they have to call in

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I would ask a month in advanced if I know that a holiday is approaching and I would like it off.

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Well if I happen to need that time off of being rest needed... or ER reason's then I will be honest to my employee and let them know that I need to have that time off....

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At time of interview I make the parents aware of any crucial time needed off.

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Alex in Portland, OR
Nov. 17, 2018

It is important to respect each others schedule. If you are asking for time off during the holidays you should ask the family at least 2 months in advance or as soon as you figure out what your plans are. This doesn't guarantee you can do it but you should be mindful that they might need you the most during that time so a heads up is always preferred.

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If it is necessary to ask for time off for the holidays, I would try my best to ask at least three weeks in advance. Therefore if it is last minute I would ask what would work best for them and how could I make both work.

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Emily in Monroe, NC
Nov. 8, 2018

just be straight forward, is the best way.

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Mary in Verona, NJ
Nov. 17, 2018

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I think it is important to discuss holiday pay/vacations upon starting a long-term position so as to limit misunderstandings and last-minute changes, if possible.

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Starkey in Laredo, TX
Nov. 13, 2018

Las vacaciones siempre se hablan con unos meses de anterioridad para que la familia haga sus planes y coordine con alguien mas que pueda cuidar a sus bebes.

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How do you celebrate the holidays? I am asking because I want to be able to spend time with my family but also find a way to support you if you need the help! Also talk two or more weeks before to find a replacement or reschedule plans

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I would enjoy the Holidays with a new family if needed if not I have my grandbabies and family here as well but I would love to help

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I would try to let family know ahead of time if I have plans to be out of town.

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Make sure if you do want to requset off give the parents a big notice and don't cancel last minute

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I ACCEPT AND LOVE TO WORK WITH.

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Holidays are a busy time for everyone, and because of that, my family usually plans trips at other times during the year. If for some reason we do need time off around the holidays, we would provide weeks, if not months, notice so that the families we are caring for would have sufficient time to find a back up during that time.

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You have to be honest and genuine. Make sure the parents understand that you wouldn't want to give the child a chance of obtaining the sickness. Which in turn, would have bad results, mild, or severe.

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Carole in Whiting, NJ
Nov. 13, 2018

I have recently had some mobility problems and will probably need some physical therapy after I see my doctor. Would it be possible to freeze my application process until I find out what is physically going on with me?

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Elena in El Monte, CA
Nov. 17, 2018

My job always comes first.

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When I start working for a new family we discuss what holidays I will have, and then we put it in my contract. :)

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Asking for time off can be an iffy subject. Sometimes you're afraid to ask because you don't want to upset anyone, but the best thing to do would be extra communicative. It's best to let them know as soon as possible to allow them to make other arrangements. However, if it doesn't work out there will always be next time. Sometimes it might just work better to rearrange your plans.

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Asking time off for the holidays can be quite tricky in that we find ourselves wanted to spend time with family and friends. One of the things I value most in life are the memories and cherishing moments I have with them, since this life we live is so incredibly short.

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I don't ysually ask for time off during holidays though I do expect to have the actual day of major holidays off.

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User in Stamford, CT
Nov. 13, 2018

Taking time off is never as issue as I can work around other's schedules.

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Janell in Canton, MA
Nov. 9, 2018

request the time off a two months in advance. if approved plan accordingly or try to organize a vacation schedule with the family.

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I let the family know when I am first hired that their will be a need for a specific holiday off.

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Karen in Hazleton, PA
Nov. 18, 2018

I am honest when I get hired. I advise my new employer that every year for the past 10 ears my family and I go to the shore the week of July 4th. And that I am the cook for Thanksgiving so I would need the day before and Thanksgiving off. I don't wait until the last minute.

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It can be tricky to find flexibility with being a caregiver during the holidays, especially for a college student. I believe that understanding of time needed for family is important for college students who transferred from a different state, who may need to be out of state during parts of the holidays. Being flexible with the times that both parties are in town during the holidays is beneficial, as well as communicating for the next available time works for both parties after the holidays.

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Taylor in Fresno, CA
Nov. 15, 2018

I handle asking time off by asking for it off in advance so I do not put any parents in a bind to find someone else last minute.

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User in Oak Creek, WI
Nov. 15, 2018

You should the holidays off anyways

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Just be honest and tell them your situation.

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Just be up front with the family. They may be your employer but they are also a family and are more likely to be understanding than your "typical" 9-5 job. Even if they cannot give you all the days off you want together you should be able to work something out. Just be sure to tell them in advance so that other arrangements can be made.

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User in Concord, MA
Nov. 17, 2018

Get it up front in my contract.

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I would ask very nice and not too late week or 3 weeks before i take OFF

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well if the sickness is no contagious I WILL try some medicine, that doesn't have ANY side effect.

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Jillian in Merced, CA
Nov. 13, 2018

Holidays are hard to navigate because the family you are helping may need you even more around that time. It is always a good idea to bring up what your schedule will be like surrounding holidays about a month before (at least). That way the family doesn't feel overwhelmed looking for quick fixes for their schedules.