This week, I've been interviewing part-time nannies. It's been a joyous, riotous pleasure. In fact, I've had so much fun I think I might go club myself in the head for awhile now. You know, just to bring myself back to earth.
Ugh. It's been awful. I cannot decide which one I like. Do I even like any of them? Should I move to the B-list applicants? Should I hire that one? Or...that one? Should I call their references again? Should I try to convince my mom that really, taking Amtrak from Philadelphia to Washington, DC three times a week is SO not a big deal, COME ON. WAH.
It didn't help that just prior to interviewing my very first candidate, I read this post from Finslippy.
Yesterday Henry arrived home with Trixie (my new name for her. Because she’s tricksy!) and announced. “Trixie hit me. She pushed me down and I scraped my knee.”
My heart stopped and I died. The end.
Then I came back to life and said, “Flalalalahhh?”
You simply must go read Alice's full account, which is (in classic Finslippy fashion) all kinds of dramatic and hilarious and harrowing and OH MY GOD, THE CRAZY WOMAN HIT HER CHILD.
Nanny Criteria #1: No hitting of the child. EVER.
HollowSquirrel was actually unnerved by the very same post, right when she's looking for a daycare provider for her little guy.
Daycare Option Numero Dos: Family Daycare Provider, found via NY government childcare agency. Has a dog (a boxer/PIT BULL mix). X She smokes, but is trying to quit: "but I don't smoke in the house." XX Well at least there are no guns in the house...I mean there "ain't no guns." She thought that was a great question: "ain't never been asked that before." Strike tres. XXX Movin' on...
Sigh. I remember touring daycare centers back when I was pregnant, and...well, UGH again.
It's always a tough, emotional process trying to find someone to care for your child -- whether it be full-time, part-time or just long enough for dinner and a movie. You want someone professional, reliable and competant, yet you also want someone who sees your child as more than just a "job." You want someone who will love your child, but not in a creepy way.
Nanny Criteria #2: Yeah, remember that Hand That Rocks the Cradle movie? Nothing remotely like that AT ALL.
And you want your child to feel safe and cared for, but as God is my witness, he better not like her better than me.