Nanny vs housekeeper

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Nanny vs housekeeper
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Wed, 08-17-2011 - 11:13pm

I was reading this article on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/08/17/real.life.nanny.diaries/index.html?hpt=hp_bn8

Is it just me, or does anyone else make a distinction between a nanny and a housekeeper?





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Registered: 07-17-2007
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 6:30am

It depends onthe age of the children.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 6:34am

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 7:08am

a nanny sounds better, Lol..but really, 10 nannies in 9 years?

 

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 9:14am

That's what I was thinking - 10 nannies in 9 years?





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Registered: 01-05-2000
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 11:56am

I'll go along with everone else and sa that there is something not right here.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 3:47pm
That woman sounds like a real piece of work. If the kids had flung the spaghetti bowl across the room, I could she it being the nanny's responsibility to clean it up. If I had a nanny and wanted her to do some light housework, it would probably be little things like sweeping the floor, dusting, or putting away toys during nap time or while the kids are playing quietly by themselves. In any case, even if I had a magical nanny who could spend lots of time cleaning while entertaining my kids, I wouldn't want her to clean out my fridge-- what if she threw out something I was still planning to use?
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 7:41pm

The woman in the article doesn't need a nanny; she needs a wife. Honestly, I think that's what some high-maintenance women really want.

When I was working FT and my kids were little, I expected our nanny to take care of the kids, first and foremost. Some days, she had time to cook a meal or do their laundry, but I would never have asked her to do mine, or to do anything in the kitchen other than prepare and tidy up after the kids' meals. I had a cleaning service to do housekeeping, and what they didn't get to, I did myself.

As the kids get older, the nanny can take on more of the housework if it's in her job description and she has accepted the job as written, but cleaning out some passive-aggressive person's spaghetti bowl shouldn't be in anyone's job description.

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 10:59am
Have you read the Judy Brady essay?
http://www.columbia.edu/~sss31/rainbow/wife.html
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Registered: 02-24-2009
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 1:59pm

LOL, I think many women have had such thoughts at some point or another.

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Registered: 07-18-2006
Sun, 08-28-2011 - 2:17pm

I'll take one of each, thanks! :smileywink:

Really, though?