21 Things All Nannies Secretly Do And Will Never Tell The Parents!

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Travis Furman
April 13 2017 - 12:43pm

I don't know if you have ever had a nanny but it's something quite cool and strange at the same time. There's a person that's almost as close as your mother but she only does it part time for a few years. During working hours, she's always home alone with the kid and god knows what is going on. In this list, we'll tell you 21 things nannies do and hide from the parents. According to BuzzFeed, these were all told by real nannies.


1. Being a nanny is a profession.

1. Being a nanny is a profession.

Nannies often get treated in the same way as waiters and delivery cyclists: Like it's a stop-gap to something else. A holding pattern. Less valuable, somehow, than a 'proper job.' Which is weird, really, because looking after a human life is pretty 'up there' on the big responsibilities list.

2. We sometimes get poached by other parents.

We'd never tell our employer that Sandra approached us and said she'd pay us more if we came to look after her brood.

3. Kids are lovable brats.

Look, there's no way around it: Your kid is a brat. Your niece is a brat. So is your nephew and friend's firstborn and your neighbor's ten-year-old. But listen: It's OK! All kids are brats.

4. Most kids are pretty average.

4. Most kids are pretty average.

Every parent likes to think their child is, in some way, a genius. And there's ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that we're going to be the ones who suggest their kid is struggling with their math, literacy, or anything at all actually.

5. We don’t want to sleep with the dad.

Mostly not, anyway.

6. We have lives too!

If we're scheduled for a 7 pm finish on Friday, you bet we have plans at 7:30 pm.

7. We do sometimes snoop around.

7. We do sometimes snoop around.

It's super weird to us when we have to go into somebody else's bedroom, for any reason at all. But, you know, occasionally we do, and since we're there we miiiiiiiiight just have to have a peek at all the expensive lotions, potions, and fancy-pants make-up.

8. It can be really awkward looking after kids when the parents are around.

The ten minutes before parents leave in the morning are the most awkward ten minutes of our day. We like the parents, but ultimately we know they're watching us with their children and we feel their eyes on us. It's understandable and unavoidable, but God it's stressful.

9. We can’t save a kid’s life.

We never claimed to have a first aid certificate, but to be fair nobody ever actually asked. We've no more of an idea on what to do in an emergency than anybody else would – but that's probably OK. Parents don't have first aid certificates either!

10. We’re not judging anyone's food choices.

10. We’re not judging anyone's food choices.

We know how hard it is to get a three-year-old to eat anything other than cereal, or a ten-year-old to drink enough water. Seriously, whatever works. As long as they're eating and drinking something, right?

11. We worry that we’ll screw up our own kids.

We see the footprints parents leave on their kids – where all their bad habits come from – and we're terrified that we're powerless to stop ourselves doing the same.

12. Yes, we sometimes have to yell.

There comes a point where only yelling will do. Mostly when we're trying to poop in private and the kid opens the door to the bathroom AGAIN, or if they put themselves in danger and we freak out. We're not sorry.

13. We know other nannies, and we swap horror stories.

13. We know other nannies, and we swap horror stories.

It's a bit of a niche market, nannying, so once we connect with the other nanny who rolls her eyes at the loud pushy mom nobody seems to like or respect at the school bake sale, you'd best believe we're holding on to our new ally like a baby with her favorite blankie. It's like therapy.

14. We worry we will never, ever, forget this time in our life... but that the kids we look after will.

We learn so very much from them, but in a few years they probably won't even remember us, and that stings.

15. We get called "mama."

And we will NEVER mention that to our employer.

16. We're not housekeepers.

We're all about keeping a kid alive, clean, fed, and watered. We do not have time to do be doing the ironing, cleaning, and food shopping too.

17. When we walk out of the door, we don’t give the kids a second thought.

We can't. We wouldn't be able to do this job – a job so intimate and filled with love and vulnerability – if we didn't have healthy boundaries about how much we take home with us.

18. When parents undermine us, it cuts deep.

We work really hard to establish our own rules and relationship with the kids we work with, so when parents say something to contradict us it feels like a punch in the gut.

19. We can’t text back right away.

19. We can’t text back right away.

On weekends we'll sit and text talk for hours. When we're with the kids? We've got to focus.

20. Paying us on time is the greatest gift we expect.

But if we don't get a Christmas gift, a birthday gift, and something from your vacation, we're probably gonna be mad.

21. We love those kids as if they were our very own.

At least for the time that we're with them, anyway.

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