Received Tuesday, June 1, 2010
A good friend of mine is an awesome nanny. She is very interactive with her charges, and imaginative. She has worked for her non-religious family for the past 2 years. The children are older (10 and 12), so please keep this mind. When she started, she was a non-denominational Christian, and they knew/respected this. She keeps her religious views to herself, and it has never been a problem.
About 6 months ago, she began attending a very conservative church. I will refrain from naming the denomination, but basically the doctrines consist of women not wearing pants (so dresses and skirts only, etc), no drinking, dancing, etc. Of course the drinking, dancing, etc do not really relate to her job. I am only trying to provide information.
Well, this has become a problem for the family. She is still the same great nanny, and still keeps her religious beliefs to herself. The problem is is that she only wears skirts and dresses. And because of this, she cannot go swimming. The children are excellent swimmers, and she has never gotten into the pool with them when she takes them to the local pool. They normally meet friends, and she monitors the activities from the sidelines.
However, the parents say she is no longer the nanny she was when they hired her, and are letting her go. She has accepted it, and found another family. I guess my question boils down to, in the event your nanny changes religions, would you work with it? Or let her go. It may change her diet, appearance, etc. Anyways, I would love to hear all of your thoughts on this. And again, thank you for this site and the time you put into it!