April 12 11

If you don’t feel like reading this entire post, I’ll give you the short version right up front.

I have gone and hired a nanny. She starts the last week of April.

It was a very quick and neat process. It happened very quickly and was presented to me all wrapped up with a nice little bow. In other words, we got lucky. We will be sponsoring her on the Live-in Caregiver program, a great, great program in Canada that allows nannies to come from overseas and work here for 24 months, after which they can apply for permanent resident status. It really is a wonderful program. We had two nannies who were part of our family and who are now landed immigrants in Canada. They are both such wonderful, wonderful women. We still see them both, and the kids still love them to bits.

(There was a three-month stint when we had MICHELLE. She was the one who got snatched up in the park by a family with fewer kids and more money.)


(Note to anyone reading this who might be a nanny: Don’t do that to your employer. It’s a really crappy thing to do.)

(Note to anyone reading this who might have a nanny: Don’t think that NANNY STEALING doesn’t happen. It does. It’s really crappy.)

I have interviewed about 35 nannies in my time and I have to say, you can have your list of canned questions

“If you were going to the park with the kids, what would you pack in the diaper bag?”

“What do you like best about kids?”

“Why do you want to be a nanny?”

but at the end of the day, it comes down to your gut.

I mean, most of the time, my gut is all, “OOOH! Cheetos!”

But when it comes to hiring nannies, you just get a good feeling about someone. You see how they interact with the kids. You see how eager they are to come and be a part of your family and not just a vehicle towards citizenship. You see how comfortable they are talking to you. You see that their first question is not about $$. You see that they ask smart questions about your disciplining style.

You just know.

And with our new nanny, I just knew.

And truthfully, my kids are older now. They are gone every single day from 8:30am until 4:15pm. It’s less about diapers and feeding and bathing and playing and reading to and more about overseeing homework and making sure they don’t kill each other and doing laundry and cooking and general housekeeping. It’s different. My kids are vocal and smart…they will tell me exactly what’s going on in the few hours that I’m not with them.

I’m ready to start this new chapter in our lives.

And I can’t wait to see what Nanny has inside her carpetbag. A spoonful of sugar, perhaps?

  1. That’s fantastic. I totally agree about trusting your gut.
    I will soon be looking to hire our second live in caregiver through this program. Our first was a tremendous success. She is in the process of bringing her family over now. Question-did you go through an agency? I didn’t last time and would prefer to avoid it this time too.


    Comment by Newmom on April 12, 2011
  2. So no more carpool line?!


    Comment by Tammi Marie on April 12, 2011
  3. I was hired into my childcare job without experience based on my interviewer’s “gut feeling.”

    I like to think I’m doing a decent job of keeping these elementary punks healthy and well-behaved.


    Comment by JustinRHoffman on April 12, 2011
  4. The last babysitting position I got my employer started the interview with “I read your blog and saw you liked Coach bags and wine too!” I won’t name names because people know her but it turned into a long, fantastic, loving relationship with the whole family.

    See also; follow your gut.


    Comment by Heather B. on April 12, 2011
  5. Can you share a website link for more info on the program you’re talking about? I’m looking for someone and am having a heck of a time even finding an agency or organization let alone good people within. Thanks!


    Comment by Steph on April 12, 2011
  6. It’s a pity that the US doesn’t have a similar program.

    Then again, it’s a pity about the US and a lot of things.

    I should move to Canada and be a nanny. I could TOTALLY do that. :)


    Comment by ShredderFeeder on April 12, 2011
  7. OOh, what will you do with your new time??


    Comment by Scarlet on April 12, 2011
  8. ….details are coming!!


    Comment by ali on April 12, 2011
  9. wow .. big changes are adrift .. please DO tell!!!


    Comment by sarah on April 12, 2011
  10. Oooo Cheetos!! I love Cheetos! But seriously, If Sarah Palin wins our next election here in the estados, I plan on using this handy little tip to become a Canadian citizen. Universal health care, here I come!!!


    Comment by Melissa on April 12, 2011
  11. Excited for your new gig!!

    And I remember the Michelle story. NOT COOL.


    Comment by Angella on April 12, 2011
  12. My gut normally leads me to sushi and ice cream (not together) so I say that you should always follow it. I mean, when has sushi or ice cream been wrong?

    Best of luck with the new nanny!


    Comment by Daisy on April 12, 2011
  13. There is a lot of nanny stealing going on around here. Someone tried to steal my nanny, but (LUCKILY) she likes working for us, and told us what happened.


    Comment by Naomi on April 12, 2011
  14. Yes. I busted a woman at the pool trying to steal my nanny. I still can’t write about it as I was so upset. It didn’t happen thankfully but when I ran into her at ballet, I informed her that she should find her own nanny on the website instead of steal others. My heart race over that one.


    Comment by NaomiJesson on April 13, 2011
  15. Some asshole once tried to steal one of my employees, and it really pissed me off. I tried not to react and remember that karma is a bitch.

    I hope your new nanny is fabulous!


    Comment by Corey on April 14, 2011

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