I've been a nanny for ten years.

Kinda a AMA
  1. I've been a nanny since I was 16. When I got kicked out of high school.
  2. I'm still in touch with my first family. Their daughter Grace looks like a child version of Natalie Portman.
  3. Being a nanny is way different than being a baby sitter. A baby sitter you get to sit on your ass or play with the kids and rummage through everyone's stuff.
  4. A nanny you are responsible for helping to raise the kids. As a nanny I'm a little more strict. But all my kids loved me. Especially when I forced the parents to go have a date night so we could build the ultimate Fort.
  5. The worst part of being a nanny is not being appreciated enough or taken advantage of.
    One time I worked for a family that fucked me over so bad I had a horrible mental breakdown and bawled my eyes out for two days. She also would text me during my days off of stuff I needed to do on my workdays.
  6. The best part of being a nanny is feeling wanted. I grew up in a home where my parents were really busy dealing with other stuff that I was kind of ignored. I hated going home. I always wanted to be on my bike or in my room. As a nanny it's like a have a little bit of a childhood.
  7. I've nannied for some crazy ass people before. That deserve a list on their own. An ex felon, strip club owner, a not so rich crazy rich lady, an divorced dad who's new girlfriend was in rehab and so on.
  8. I'm a really fucking good nanny. And if it came with benefits and a living wage I would be a nanny for the rest of my life.
  9. Any questions?
  10. I have two. Here's number one
    How did being a nanny influence on your position on motherhood right now (if it's not too personal)?
    Suggested by   @Jaycer17
  11. @Jaycer17 I guess now I know what a shitty parent looks like. I also know what a great parent looks like. And I also know it's really so much better to raise a kid if you have your finances in order. Also every rich family has issues no matter how perfect they are in your head.
  12. @Jaycer17 my other thing is that I don't want to raise a kid in a religion. Because every family I see it's fucked. I also don't want more than one kid. And I also know like maybe how not to raise shitty kids.
  13. Can you share a particularly touching story of those nanny years?
    One day I need to sit down with you for a proper interview.
    Suggested by   @Jaycer17
  14. @Jaycer17 yes. My nanny family that had the bitchiest mother had the best kid named Payton. He was so smart and so nice. He loved me. We would go for car rides together and just talk about books and school. His brother and two younger sisters were total brats and his mom neglected Payton because he was so quiet.
  15. Cont. and one day we went for a hike and he sat next to me and cried because he found out his step dad was doing illegal and he didn't want to go to jail. And that if he went to jail he would lose me. I cried so hard.
  16. What is the best way to get kids to stop looking at screens and talk to me? I hate screens!
    *she types into her screen*
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  17. @Boogie I used a point system. Also I say hey let's go do stuff. Doing my stuff outside helps
  18. Using Payton as the example (great kid, bitchy mother), in your observational opinion, are we humans more nature or nurture?
    I realize there are reams of literature supporting both but it seems like people are so much how they're going to be even with bad parenting. Success stories for kids with no leg up and disasters for kids with all the advantage so often. Sorry, sorta heavy question 😉
    Suggested by   @angela3950
  19. @angela3950 nurture all the way. Yes some kids are just born assholes. But with Payton because he wasn't nurtured enough he went inside himself and didn't truly feel like himself until he had someone to connect to. His personality totally changed when I came around
  20. Did you have to cook? Also opinions on macaroni and cheese?
    Suggested by   @jannychan
  21. @jannychan I definitely cook. I love it. Mac and cheese is good. But I try to teach my kids that veggies are the main dish everything else is the side dish. My current kids love veggies and fruit so it's easy.