Over the past several years, as the more and more families and nannies are using online services to find jobs, nannies have found that it has been difficult to find a job that pays a living wage. It has been increasingly harder to find positions where families pay above minimum wage and offer benefits. The economy has hit everyone across the board hard over the past several years.
I ran across this blog post from Leslie Kendall Dye, who is a former nanny, who wrote about paying a nanny a living wage. She actually got into a discussion with a fellow mom friend and it did not end very well.
Have you ever been in the place of Leslie? How have you been able to find positions that pay a living wage? What do you think about this blog post? Do you find these views where you live and nanny at?
A friend told me today what she pays her nanny, who has a degree in child development and years of experience. Her nanny is a grown woman and lives in NYC, where it costs about ten dollars for a bottle of coke and the selling of a kidney to buy a monthly Metrocard. I expressed surprise before I had the chance to stifle my reaction. Or perhaps I didn’t try hard enough because I was annoyed, which was decidedly immature and impolite on my part.
But I have been down this road before. Every time mothers start to complain about the cost of childcare in the city I have to make a decision: to get into it or to ignore it. Sometimes I want to shout: “You know I am right here, people? You know that my side job for ten years was caring for the young of others? You know that you are all crazy and ungrateful and selfish, right?” But I don’t. They cannot comprehend. It isn’t worth the argument.
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