I just read an article about a woman who placed an ad on Craig’s List for a nanny. The woman is mother of four on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The ad read something like this:
“My kids are a pain.”
“If you cannot multitask, or communicate without being passive aggressive, don’t even bother replying,”
“I can be a tad difficult to work for. I’m loud, pushy and while I used to think we paid well, I am no longer sure.”
The woman is a 40-year-old painter whose husband owns a wine store. Their kids are 12, 9, and twin 6 year olds. “Also, if you suspect all wealthy women are frivolous, we are not for you.”
“I have all sorts of theories on how to stack my dishwasher, and if you are judgmental about Ritalin for ADHD, or think such things are caused by too much sugar, again, deal-break city.”
The winning nanny accepted the job without meeting all the kids.
It’s hard to say if the mom was right or wrong for wording her ad in this way. It is easy to say that she was honest. Her honesty probably saved her a lot of grief that would have been caused by having to deal with the reality f the situation and an unhappy nanny.
If you are a parent, you have most likely been pushed to the limit more than once with your kids. It’s normal. How you deal with it is another issue. How this woman deals with her kids is her business and the fact that she can afford a nanny has worked out for her.