Lynn - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 128 moms have responded )
Okay, I have a weird issue here. I have a home preschool, and I have an asst come in every day for an hour, so I can drive my kids' carpool to school. (The carpool picks them up in the afternoons). My employee has two boys - 3 and almost 2, and she brings them with her to my house. The job is very easy - she just has to keep an eye on my preschoolers, do circle time, sings songs and do art projects with them while I'm gone.
The problem is, she really smells bad. The other day, after she walked in, I almost said "what's that awful smell?" because I thought it was the trash can or something. Nope, it was HER! She's American, so it's not a cultural issue. They don't have much money, so I don't know if she can't afford the water bills, doesn't take the time, or just doesn't realize how bad it is!
She's a "leftover flower child" - always wearing peace signs, and tie dyed clothes. (She does wear different clothes every day). We don't agree on certain things, like she won't send her kids to public school. She wants to "unschool" them, teaching them only what they want to learn, which I think, is a sure-fire way to make sure your kids never have a good job in life.
Anyway, she's worked for me for a couple of months now, and it's gotten worse. Should I not say anything, since I'm not here with her that much, or should I say something? I don't want her to quit because it took me several weeks to find someone who will work for 1 hour a day. How can I possibly tell her to take a shower in a non-offesive way? I've had multiple employees for 20 years now, and this is the first time I've ever been so uncomfortable about talking to someone about an issue! What should I say to her?