1) Nanny needed in exchange for free room and board + paid entertainment expenses (Colorado) - We have an awesome, fun, well behaved 7 year old boy that needs a responsible, loving and energetic care taker. Our son is on summer break until August 22nd. We are looking for someone to live with us and care for our child Mon, Tue, Wed and Friday from 8am to 6pm while we are at work. If things work out and you would like to stay past the end of August this can turn into a long term ongoing exchange during the school year and beyond. If you were to stay with us during the school year we would only need you to drop our son off at his bus stop at 8:30am and be home to pick him up at 3:30pm then give him a snack and stay with him until we get home from work at 6pm. While our child is in school this would be the perfect opportunity for you to go to school or get a part time job during the day if you so desire. We need someone that has their own car and a responsible driving record - we will give money towards gas expenses and ask you to drive our child to nearby attractions during the summer months, we are also willing to work out a barter to help cover insurance cost in exchange for additional babysitting nights. We will ask you to care for our son on occasional evenings so we can go out - we will pay you $20 an evening on these nights. Our sons best friend will be coming over to our house for play dates on Fridays while we are at work and you will be paid $20 to entertain a 2nd child on that day. We would like you to take our son on weekly outings to nearby places such as the zoo, aquarium, roller skating and the museum - in all instances we will pay all admission fees and give you money for lunch and snacks. We would like you to take our child to our community pool once or twice a week - we will buy your season pass and give you money for lunch and snacks. We would like you to read to our child or have him read to you daily and take him to the library bi-weekly to check out and return books, play games with him, and make sure he is well supervised and safe over the summer months. We live in Centennial Colorado near many parks, pools, restaurants, schools and Malls.... There is no housekeeping other than cleaning up after yourself and reminding our child to clean up after himself. *We will pay for your food, living expenses, cable, gas, plus you will have wireless internet access and may use our home phone for local and domestic long distance calls *You will have your own fully furnished bedroom (or unfurnished if you prefer to use your own furniture) and bathroom + use of our home, including a full den adjacent to your bedroom and a workout room located in the basement. *If you are a dependable, reliable, caring person and this position suites you needs please give us a call so we can discuss the details and exchange pictures =) Lisa @ 72O-375-****
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2) Seeking Live-In Nanny/House Help (Brooklyn) - Nanny needed to move in with family in Brooklyn after Labor Day on September 4th, though you could start with babysitting sooner.. We have one easy and happy son who is almost 3 years old and in school part time. We are a kind family in a large house in Williamsburg. I work from home upstairs and my husband works in Manhattan. Pay: $350 a week and we will pay your taxes and for food and board. Responsibilities: •Take care of child all day 3 days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am - 7pm. •On Monday and Wednesday, you drop off and pick up Sebastian from school at 8:30am and 3pm and then watch him until 7pm. •Expected hours of availability and work are 40-50 per week. When Sebastian is in school, you will cook, do laundry and plan playdates. •You must be creative and playful and continually find ways to educate and engage the child. Take him to classes, the park and on playdates. •Take the baby and dog for a walk once a day - must be comfortable with dogs. •Cook healthy and organic foods family style, stew, chili, meat and veg etc. 3 nights a week. •Cleaning:. Twice a week wash and fold laundry. Continually load and unload dishwasher. Always keep the kitchen and baby's room and belongings clean and tidy. We have a housekeeper so you do not need to clean the house, but it is essential that you are a meticulously clean and tidy person in general. •2 nights of babysitting per week expected, assuming we have not exceeded the 50 hours -cleared with you in advance. $15 an hour for any babysitting beyond the 50 hours. •You are flexible, happy and communicative -you will let us know if something is not working for you •We will not tolerate time with the baby spent on the cell phone, surfing the web or watching TV. •You must speak English and a second language fluently and will speak that language with the child. •MUST have previous experience with infants and have Infant and Child CPR and First Aid. •References required. _________________________________________________________________
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3) Looking for babysitter tonight (Seattle) - Hello, Looking for a babysitter for my 5 year old tonight from 6:30 - 10:30 at our apartment - I'm a single dad and I've been dying to see The Dark Knight rises, so I'd like to go to the movies tonight and keep it a secret. Please respond with rates/references. _________________________________________________________________
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4) Babysitter needed!! (Newburgh, IN) - I am in need of a babysitter and would prefer in my home, but open to bringing my children to your home. I have two girls, ages 7 and 2. The schedule for the remaining of the summer would be: Monday 10:00am-8:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-7:00pm, and every other Friday 9:00am-7:00pm. When school started it would be the same schedule for Monday and Wednesday, however I would then need someone every Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm. You will need to have your own, RELIABLE transportation. Be responsible and dependable. If you have children you would need to bring, that's okay! I want someone who will not sit my kids in front of the television all day. So you must want to interact with them. I would ask that you make dinner for the girls (and yourself/kids) each night (as it would be late when I would get home and they go to bed at 8:30/9:00). There would be no cleaning or other responsibilities. I have no pets either. I have gotten quotes that are pretty ridiculous. I'm going to tell you now that I'm not willing to pay $50-75 a day. In my opinion, I can take my kids to a full time daycare where everything is provided for around $65-75 a week, therefore, when I am providing everything for my kids and you (and kids), that price range is ridiculous. If this seems like something that you might like to do, please e-mail me at the above link and I will get back to you right away to set up a meeting. Thanks in advance!
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5) Care for 11 year old (Sacramento) - I need care from 8:30am-3:30pm Monday - Friday, for my eleven your old child. This will be during the summer and I am willing to pay up to $100 per week, in my home. I am not considering a specific age of babysitter, but you MUST have the following, NO exceptions: At least 3 references. Clean background, absolutely no prior convictions, arrests, or otherwise. Non smoker, drinker, drug user. Reliablility a must. Own car with insurance, preferred, but not an absolute. I will be interviewing everyone the weekend. Please send my your resume, references (AT LEAST 3), and background (if you have). DO NOT REPLY if you do not have these qualifications!
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6) Looking for a Nanny/Babysitter ASAP!! (Chicago) - Hi my name is Brooke. I'm a single mother. I have a 3 year old daughter and a 12 month old son. You muct have an open schedule willing to work midnights. I'm offering $5/hour, I make around that much so that's the most I can pay. I'm looking for someone who's mature and educated. Also....Smoke free, drug and alcohol free. If interested, please call me at 312.618.****. Thanks!
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Bethany said...

#4 should just take her kids to one of those daycares then.

I"ll never tell.... said...

I was thinking the same thing about #4! 20-30 hours a week, depending on the week and you do not want to pay $50 a day? $50 a day amounts to $5 an hour, which is a complete insult to an honest child care provider. Possibly the only person who would do it would be someone in their home that has more children to care for at the same time. Good luck to her and the poor schmuck that volunteers to help her out. And I use the term "volunteer" loosely....

RBTC said...

boy, that's alot of hard work MPP - thank you!

RBTC said...

#1 is actually feasible - i did something like that in the middle 80's -in LA, room and board, cleaning the house once a wweek and the kitchen every night,watching the child a couple of times a week. There was enought time to either go to school or work my waiter job

Within a year my catering co TOOK OFF, and i moved out of their gorgeous mansion to an extremely small apt with my business partner. Even though they were VERY nice and the little boy was awesome - being on your own makes you your own king or queen

Natasha said...

Number 5 works out to be $2.85/hour. Yeah, not going to happen.

katydid said...

Typical unrealistic expectations.

I don't understand where the notion of nannies more or less being volunteer care came from. PSA to all parents nannies are humans that require adequate and regular compensation for their services.

#1 one seems ok at first glance, but I bet you'd be expected to be available for the son in case of vacations or illness thus making school or another job impossibl

Oh and there's the small detail off not paying the nanny at all. Come on!

#4 Just leave your kids at the 24/7 daycare. If $50 a day is too much for you for roughly 30 hours a week.

RBTC said...

really good point about #1, here is another view - in los angeles - GOSH it costs alot to live! i was desperate for a place to live and struggling - they never fibbed, they started paying me a little - not alot , because i was great with the kid - even though there was no original offer of money

but see - i was able to work as a waiter,pull in a living, work "part time" for them and the situation was easygoing - so it worked for me - the few chores i did for them was more than worth a value of app $1000 per month in the mid 80's

UmassSlytherin said...

I guess it depends on how you look at number one. It does cost a lot to live and afford rent, cable, utilities, etc. A single person could actually make a good living if they worked the days they were off.

katydid said...

A good living how?

They have roughly 3 days a week where they can work without possibly being needed to babysit.

Plus they can rule out working evenings as they might be needed to sit nights.

Even if they did work what all would they be saving?

I'm a little shocked that a former nanny would be giving a post like this a greenlight encouraging parents to arrange deals like this.

katydid said...

The only person I could see this working for is someone with no life and close to being homeless and willing to take anything in order to have shelter.

RBTC said...

ok, i have done the math - i spent 5 hours cleaning every tuesday, ** app 7/8 hours every friday watching the child while they had a date night

and roughly about 1 hour 7 days a week cleaning the kitchen after the MB cooked really good meals for her family - understandably when you slave in the kitchen it's a pain to clean it up

ok- what is that - about 100 hours per month - they lived in a beautiful mansion in the hollywood hills - i am going to estimate a $1000 per month value

i made about $500 per week as a waitress and as the months progressed i gained seniority, got the better shifts and then parlayed the money into a company

it was a gilded cage - i gave lot's of notice, left on great terms and was VERY glad to be independant

After seeing this blog i think it was a miracle - i was so desperate they could easily have manipulated me

** i was the worst cleaner in the world - i think she did not fire me because i was great with the child !

RBTC said...

katydid - i am not saying this particular post is right, i was just comparing it to an almost similar situation i was in--

22, on my own in a strange sity, i tried living with a friend in beverly hills and being new as a waitress i was getting the bad shifts - god it was stressful, the word homeless is embarrassing but that was ALMOST true

i was pretty lucky - but yes, i was not squezzed into slavery or taken advantage of - my situation may have been very different - but in the same ballpark

♥ Amy Darling ♥ said...

I thought slavery was outlawed years and years ago.

I hate the pompous attitude of some of these parents. Like how dare a nanny expect a living wage??!

UmassSlytherin said...

I wouldn't do it, personally. But people do.

I find it irritating that so many posters here are blind to reality. Jobs are scarce now. People are getting laid off left and right. Many of us work more than one job just to make ends meet. That's reality. It doesn't make it right. But that's the way it is.

Personally, I feel that it is highway robbery to offer any professional nanny room and board in exchange for childcare. It is a little insulting, honestly.

But that person will find soemone to fill that position. She will find some person who has no place to live. Believe it or not, there are lots of people out there who are great people, who are skilled and educated and have experience. They are just down on their luck.

Someone will take this job.

p.s. MMP I love this segment. Thank you.

RBTC said...

i agree with Umass - i think - understandably - many posters are very fast to say - "just quit" or " no one should do that" - i myself will think that - and then remember when i was down on my luck

even the restaurant job i had had some very horrible managers - but we were all young - we were lucky to have a job and had to learn better - i try to remember that before bashing an Op who is young and needs good advice

being your own boss --- ahhhhh! you have to kiss some frogs before storming the castle

sometimes it can be good for you !

Amazed said...

I think some posters like to be contrary.

If the first two responses had been #1 is a great opportunity they would hae responded withh ab FFS are you nuts it's akin to slavery.

The sky is blue and they will argue it's 99.9% blue and .1% green or something of the like just to be different.

Amazed said...

RBTC you do realize that a good percentage of the nannies that post here have been in the field a long time. So it's not about paying your dues it's about being treated like a human being and being fairly compensated for the service you provide. z

Tough economic times or not.

Taking one for the team seems to directed towards nannies only. I'd doubt you'd suggest a doctor, nurse, teacher, mechanic etc work for free because times are rough.

RBTC said...

You have made my point exactly - when the live in/little pay position worked for me was in my very young salad days - gaining experience and seniority in more than one field

Being an old hand now - i could not imagine going thru it again - no one getting by, doing what they must reasonably in good faith should ever be belittled IMO

UmassSlytherin said...

I mean, take a look at it logistically: how much for rent in that area? How much for cable, electricity, gas, etc? Four full days of my work doesn't even pay for all that. The value of the living expenses that a person would get from #1 may well be worth it if it fits into their lifestyle at that time.

In some cases, this could be a fair trade for someone.

Amazed said...

Yep. Morgatge ,rent, and utilities can be pretty darn exepensive.

Maybe one of the parents should quit their job, they can move into a smaller house or apartment with lower expenses.

Better yet they can move in with relatives that would probably let them crash for free and if it's a grandparent they may have a built in babysitter again for free.

Very economical.

They could save the $20 to $80 a month they would be spending on a nanny and put it towards a big spenders night at McDonalds hecck, why not splurge and hit up the Olive Garden.

katydid said...

Yes. They will sadly find someone to do it.

It's easy to take advantage of someone in need.

As for a tough economy, having a nanny is a luxury not a right. You are not entitled to a nanny especially if you can not afford to pay him or her an appropriate salary.

talesfromthe(nanny)hood said...

Another thing about trying to find a "nanny" for free is that you will be scraping the absolute bottom of the barrel. Your "nanny" may have little to no childcare experience, may be young and flighty, may just walk out on you, and so on.

There are several families that post the same ad looking for a "free" nanny in my area every 6 - 8 weeks. Don't think it's worked out well for them.

IMO, good nannies don't agree to work for nothing. They will find babysitter gigs, work at a daycare, etc.

You get what you pay for has never been truer than in the case of people thinking that not only do they somehow DESERVE a nanny, but that they should have one for free.

traveling-gypsy said...

If all you can afford to cover is room & board, you can't afford a nanny. What's this thing about expecting a responsible driver & *maybe covering the insurance? Haha, that's so insulting. Work? When? The nanny gig eats up all their time. Kids have about fifteen holidays a school year. Some desperate person will accept the position, grow bitter & quit without notice.

MissDee said...


You deserve a standing ovation.

I remember contacting a family regarding childcare they needed for 3 or 4 children under 8 years of age on the day of an out-of-town wedding for a college friend. The family wanted to do a few trial dates beforehand, as the wedding day was described by them as long.

I spoke with the mother, who literally laughed in my ear when I told her I had eleven years experience in the field of early childhood ed, mainly spent in the classroom with all ages.

'It's just babysitting. Don't you think you are way over qualifed to care for my children'?

"Not at all," I answered politely.

"Well, I need childcare and don't want someone with your level of experience. All you are doing is babysitting."

And she hung up. I was shocked. After replaying the conversation in my head, I didn't think I sounded too stuck-up or snooty, but who knows? A few weeks later, I got a call from her, apologizing to me, telling me she hired the wrong person (her first and second clues were 3 kids up at midnight and a dirty house within a few hours of having the teen sitter there). She literally BEGGED me to watch her kids, telling me that she felt like an idiot for not having me watch them in the first place. As I listened to the voicemail, I could hear her laughing at me, using a nonchalant tone of voice while she spoke to me. Through that conversation, I gathered she was flaky, and that her kids safety didn't matter. Why else would she laugh at an experienced caregiver applying for a babysitting job?

You get what you pay for is right. You hire a professional, expect to pay a little more and have quality care. Hire a nonprofessional, save money and cross your fingers.

RBTC said...

you know - i have had a thought - it may be that some of these ctf posters are not using the term "nanny" correctly

because in #1, the one i was commenting on - of course you cannot get an experienced professional nanny in that situation

maybe they need to invent another word for it - i mean a professional word, not facetious like "slave"

maybe "temp live in childcare provider"

RBTC said...

of course i meant using the term nanny "incorrectly"

traveling-gypsy said...

Pottery Barn taste on an Ikea budget.

katydid said...

RBTC I agree with you .

More and more I see nanny being exchanged with babysitter or in home daycare provide.

It's no wonder parents are confused about the services a nanny provides.

It's one of the reasons I think there should be a standard for being able to use the title.

katydid said...

absolutely! Sure they may luck out and find a great person, but odds are not in their favor.
Why chance it? Why risk the well being of your kids.

RBTC said...

katydid - in my industry, whenever there is a down turn in an already perrenially shrinking world economy - people who lose their jobs start advertising using my industries terms - driving down the rate, TOTALLY not knowing what they are doing- actually giving the rest of us a bad rap

being a marketing major - i periodically have to INVENT new terms to describe what we do as opposed to lying flakes lol

how about being pro-active and maybe adding/inventing a term which can make the client know that those of you who are ELITE are different and worth more than those who use the term nanny cavalierly

just off the top of my head--

"super- nanny"

"REAL nanny"

"YOUR Nanny" ( come up with some words Y.O.U.R. that desribe the superiority)

or - another word besides nanny - that word is pretty much gone as far as describing an elite group of educated loyal discerning group of super duper child care experts

i am going to put it under my thinking cap

the ELITE nanny motto --" You have tried the 'nanny' rest - now you need the SPECIALIST nanny BEST "

MissDee said...

Traveling Gypsy:

If you are referring to me, I didn't even bother calling her back. I felt that she insulted me, and no matter how much she was willing to pay, she wasn't worth my time.

Rhiannon said...

Oh man... "just babysitting"

Aaaagghhhhh! Yeah, they are "just your children. Just the most precious and valuable people in your world."

I can't imagine having an attitude like that when it comes to my daughter. She is lucky that a messy house is the worst thing that happened!

traveling-gypsy said...

Yes, I sure was! Good for you!! :)

Aries said...

I don't agree with the free room and board because it's not your house, Your just renting a room. You can't blast music, have whoever you want over, walk around in the nude(lol) and if they decided they didn't need you then you have no place to go.

Parents who offer free room and board are usually cheap, broke or don't think nannies are worth the money but they also like that the childcare if right in the home so they can't call out as easily and so alot of parents can take advantage of the ''built-in caregiver''.

Aries said...

Also, the parents have all the power in the live-in situation. They no the nanny needs to kiss there butt because they own her living space. They are her source of food as well. Yeah renting out in LA could cost alot but for a room thats not even yours? Not worth it.

MissDee said...

ITA Aries. IMO, I am a private person, and I believe it takes a special kind of gift to live with a family in their home.

As a L/I nanny, one sees e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, and I do mean everything. Anyone remember the post a few months ago about the nanny who was a l/i, to be in her room when she heard DB and someone outside her window in the pool who wasn't MB?

Anyone remember the Sex and the City episode where Carrie found her friend's husband naked from the waist down? Or when Harry and Charlotte got married and he was naked all the time?

hahahahahahaha....Kind of extreme, but you get it.

I could never be a l/i. Too much drama. But, for the right family who understands that I need my space and deserve personal time, I could and would make an exception that would allow me to bring my four four legged children.

LOL said...

#4 will see how ridiculous it is when she is sued for back wages, since she was not willing to pay a legal wage. I made at least four times more then that 20 years ago when I was a high school summer nanny. Lady needs to wake up!!