Received Tuesday, December 4, 2007- Perspective & Opinion
I have seen lots of different arguments on here both in favor of or against stay at home moms with nannies. I noticed that these are almost always SAHMs with young children. I am wondering what is the opinion of a SAHM with school aged kids who has a nanny come in after school? I had a job with one such family and was always wondering why I was there! The father is out of town about 80% of the time; the two children see him for 1-2 week chunks every other month or so. The mother did not work or anything and yet she had me come in between 15-25 hours every week. I would pick the kids up from school, make their dinner or take them out for pizza, help with homework, play, do arts and crafts, bake with them, etc. and sometimes stay late enough to give baths and put them to bed. Rarely was she out meeting friends for dinner or anything like that which can only be done in the evening- usually she was running errands (grocery store, etc) or going to "appointments." I was always wondering why these were things she couldn't get done during the 7 hours that the kids were in school Mon-Fri? It wasn't like she was cleaning house or baking/cooking or volunteering during the day, so I was always wondering... If there are 168 hours in a week, 70 were spent asleep, 35 in school, and on average 20 give or take with me, about 43 were left over where she and the kids were alone in the house (and you can assume part of that leftover time was spent with the kids either watching TV or on the computer while she made dinner or did her own thing...). Just interested to learn what the feelings are out there toward a situation like this!
-A Curious Nanny