Nanny Envy can be quite painful, but you do have some options. You can up the ante. You can buy big shoes, a red nose, and a squirting flower. You can let your kids eat candy morning, noon, and night and watch TV 'til dawn on the weekend. You can dance around entertaining them, and when you pass out from exhaustion, let them use you as a trampoline. Then you can look Nanny in the eye on Monday morning and say, "Beat that." Then you can pass out and miss work.
You can take out an ad that reads: Wanted: Nanny with extreme amounts of medical and emergency training, who will make perfectly balanced meals using only natural ingredients, who will teach my child a second language, has a car, is allergic to cell phones, and is totally boring. Must be ugly, cross-eyed, and have a mild case of alopecia.
Or you can remember why you hired a nanny in the first place. You can accept that guilt is a part of parenting, and be thankful that there is one more person in your child's life that makes him feel content and secure. Wasn't that your goal?
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