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Monday, February 11, 2013

the mummy diaries ...

i read the 'nanny diaries' a while ago and it made me smile ... so often the 'employer' is portrayed as the 'bad guy'

... so readers ... whoever you are ... i need to ask you ... Have you EVER had to hire help before ???  wouldn't it be just 'great' to have your own 'nanny' to 'help out' around your home ???   hmmm ?  Sounds delightful doesn't it ?  Just like having you own private Mary Poppins ...

... tends to conjure up warm fuzzy pictures like this ...



or this ...


... now the reality is ... most of the time you will NEVER get someone like this ...

trying to keep your 'sense of humor' is also important, because if you hire someone quite young ... it's almost like having another child to look after ...  {been there done that}...



we live in a pretty remote place and since i've got housework, garden, officework, homeschooling and occasional outside work to do i definitely need to hire help ... we've had some beauties and some not so great experiences with nannies and now governesses ...

just in case you're still thinking it's all 'roses' for people who hire help ... have a little read of my list below and maybe you'll realise how lucky you are to be able to drop your kids at school and clean your own house from now on...


here are just a  few things I've been told over the years ... and they are all true!!!

"I find reading stories to children emotionally exhausting" - she lasted about 6 days ...


"Ooh ... I love rose gold and diamonds" ...  this one was looking for a husband, and not so interested in our kids development ...


"Oh, I didn't see that cobweb up there the size of Texas ... 'code red' " ... at this point my blood was boiling ...


"Where's the closest gym? "  {we live on a remote cattle property} ... she lasted about 2 months ...


"No I don't have any issues with food, but I don't eat any RED meat" ... {we live on a  CATTLE property and red meat is on the menu every other night ...}


"Sorry I can't play outside with the kids, my skin is sensitive to mosquitoes" ...  Jesus  - eye rolling moment ...


"Who is Rod Stewart? and does he sing or something? "  ... Oh My God ... I felt like a granny that day ...

the fantastic Mr Rod Stewart ...


... then there were the babysitters we hired for a 'day job ' if we were away at a meeting ... one day, this girl turned up with her iphone and continued to text her friends all day and clean out the fridge while getting over her hangover ... 'not happy Jan' ...


... thankfully we don't need to hire nannies anymore and my sincere thanks to those wonderful girls we did have working here ... they all know who they are because we keep in touch...

so there's the 'mummy' spin on the whole nanny hiring business ...  love to hear if you have ever had any interesting experiences ...

 ... footnote:  currently have a lovely English girl helping in the schoolroom and around the house - what a breath of fresh air she is and the kids love her  ...    happy days are here again ...


~  stay positive ~









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