Received Wednesday, October 24, 2007-Rant
I have been reading postings from this site for just about 2 days now and the postings are just horrific. There seem to be a lot of emphasis on nannies. A nanny's job is not an easy one at all. As with every thing else there is good and bad. Let's talk a little about some of the things that is expected from a nanny even when the following takes place.
A nanny is expected to talk nice to your kids even when you (parent) talk mean to the nanny.
A nanny is expected to feed your child fresh (organic) food even when you provide the nanny with left-overs from your meal at a restaurant or home delivery.
A nanny is expected to always be earlier for work even when you for some reason can never get home on time so the nanny can leave for home.
A nanny is expected to always be willing to stay later than expected even if they have their kids/family to go home to.
A nanny is expected to be able to survive and pay all her bills even when you parents choose to go on vacation and decides "no work no pay" for your nanny. (something she has no control of.
A nanny is expected to work on weekends and travel with you rich parents even if it means that they have to neglect their own family.
A nanny is expected to work a few free nights a week/month as the word says "free" with no expectations from you parents
A nanny is expected not to get paid for any sick day but you are given a number of paid sick days from your company every year.
A nanny is expected to leave her sick child at home or take him/her to the daycare with hope that the daycare will keep them only to get to work and see you at home because your child has a minor cough.
A nanny is expected to go out and buy food for your child at the store to replenish stocks in the cupboard even when you choose not to leave anything food for the nanny to eat.
A nanny is expect to clean your entire house and watch your child at the same time even when her wages are not even enough for doing either or.
A nanny is expected not to be seen sitting down at all even when she is tired notwithstanding at time when you get home early from work and choose to take a nap before sending your nanny home.
A nanny is expected to do additional work when your child is sleeping but when your child is up she is also expected to have some stored up energy to be able to sing and play with your child.
So you see, you parents out there think that despite whatever is done or however the nannies are treated (which no one seems to want to talk about) the nanny must look beyond this an just treat your children like princesses and princes.
Most of us do not know the half of how nannies are being treated and maybe we do know but think that its normal. Instead we choose to criticize them as they are the worse but still insist on hiring them.
The way a nanny treats a child is a reflection of how the parent treats a nanny.