There isn’t much I wouldn’t do for $125,000. Especially if it came with a place to live, 28 holiday days, and time in lieu.
But it turns out there are two children in Leicestershire in the UK, aged seven and nine, who I would not nanny for that price. Ever.
A job ad recently posted to UK childcare job site childcare.co.uk asks for a full-time, live-in nanny. “Our last nanny left us because of our children’s challenging behaviour, and because they just didn’t get on with her,” the ad begins, which for future reference, is a truly terrible way to get potential applicants interested in an employment opportunity. Maybe add that your kids can really thrive in the right environment, or that the previous nanny just wasn’t a great fit – not the suggestion that your children are literal devils who drive away people who try to care for them.
But, you know, whatever.
“To make sure that we find someone perfect, we decided we’d let the kids tell us exactly what they wanted,” the ad continues, “and this is what they came up with.”
What a nice idea!
But, no. The kids have six rules, and they are as follows:
“1. We want to play football and other stuff with them.”
Fair enough. I can play football.
“2. I want them to play Fortnite and FIFA with me.”
Okay. I’ve watched my brother’s playing Fortnite and it’s pretty funny how you can get the characters to do weird little dances so I’m cool with that.
“3. I want them to be fun and not have any rules and we want to stay up to whatever time we want.”
Oh. Oh honey, no. That’s not how life works. On special occasions rules can be bent but we can’t always…