13 Things Your Child’s Nanny Is Secretly Thinking

What it's really like to care for your rugrats (and work for you!).

Being a nanny is a profession


Please treat me as you would other professionals.

Don’t tell me that I am part of your family and then ask me to work overtime


Just because I work in your home doesn’t make me part of the family. I deserve basic rights, such as sick time, holidays, and at least a day off a week.

Live-in nannies need a room of their own


Some couples actually expect me to share a room with their baby—or worse, to share a bedroom with their child.

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I'm a nanny, not a housekeeper


Sometimes I clean parts of your home because I simply cannot stand the filth. These cleaning mistakes leave your house germy.

If your child bites me, don’t reward her


One parent actually said “Oh honey, are you hungry?” to her child while ignoring my bleeding face. Here's how to deal with the brattiest kid behaviors.

I have my own family

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Many of us have kids in other countries. We’d like to see them, but we need vacation time.

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It's appalling how much junk you feed your kids


Seriously—give them veggies once in awhile! If you don’t keep junk food in your house, your kids can’t eat it. You can give them choices without destroying their health. Try serving these 15 healthy snacks for kids.

Don’t come home drunk or on drugs in the middle of the night...


... Wake up your children to play with them, and then wake me up to put them back to bed. Don’t do drugs if you’re going to be around kids, period. And don’t wake me up in the middle of the night just because you’ve partied too hard to care for your own children.

Nannies from other cultures need orientation


Tell me which foods are fancy gourmet foods to be used sparingly and which are everyday foods. I kept eating up the best caviar and spitting it out in the trash, thinking it had gone bad.

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I'm not paid well enough to be a substitute parent for your child all the time


If you do not have the time or patience to raise a child, don’t have one.

Pay us well


Value your child a little more and cut corners elsewhere.

Don't misrepresent yourself to an agency


If you don’t have an extra room for the nanny, say so. Don’t claim to have a bedroom and bathroom for her, and then ask her to sleep with your child.

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Treat your nanny with respect and as an equal, and you will have a loyal friend for life

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Most of us become lifelong friends of the babies we helped raise, as well as their parents.

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