Mother dragged after explosive online rant about ‘unreliable’ nannies
Commentators were quick to call out a mother who berated several nannies in an explosive internet post.
In a Reddit post that includes a screenshot of what appears to be a Facebook post from a private group, an unnamed mother exclaimed that she was “sick and tired” of nannies she deemed unreliable, and scoffed at the idea of paying more than $10 an hour for childcare. Posted to Reddit’s r/antiwork on Publish received over 51,000 votes and 6,700 comments.
Beginning the reposted Facebook post with the explanation that she was looking for a third nanny for her one-year-old son, the distraught mum wrote that she was in shock at other nannies who ‘ghosted’ her family, and lamented nannies who were unaccustomed to her job responsibilities.
“I have a corporate job that I have deadlines for,” she wrote. “Some of these girls clearly don’t understand what a deadline is or the environment of a company.”
“My husband is deployed so I will literally COUNT ON YOU every morning,” she added.
Despite her need for help, however, the Facebook poster assured that she didn’t want to pay a nanny more than $10 an hour.
“The pay is $10/hour. It’s not living money, it’s extra money,” she wrote. “Perfect for the older mum/grandmother type who wants to hang out with my 1 year old.”
“I need help ASAP,” she continued. “We can’t afford this $15/$20 an hour thing.”
Responding to the viral Reddit post, user u/WanderingGenesis was sensitive to rising childcare costs, but said the mother who wrote the reposted Facebook post was unaware of the rates current.
“Getting babysitting is expensive and you need help, but $10/hr is what I made as a babysitter in high school in 2001,” they commented. “That shit ain’t gonna cut it no more.”
In the post’s top comment, which received nearly 19,000 votes, Redditor u/ancientgreenthings said the mother’s Facebook post could be indicative of what to expect if she were hired.
“And that’s how she talks to you before you tried to work for her,” they wrote.
Amid thousands of comments advising the mother-of-one to seek a second job to supplement childcare costs, other Redditors zeroed in on the wording of the original Facebook post. Pointing to the job description that a nanny was needed to “hang” with the one-year-old, Redditor u/GooseRepresentative1 offered a hearty “LMAO,” while u/Whynotchaos explained that caring for a baby involves more than just being present.
“Good, like all you have to do is relax with the kid,” they commented sarcastically. “You don’t ask someone to watch your teen, ma’am, babies tend to demand a little more than just ‘hanging out’.”
“They don’t even think it’s a job at all and want you to think hanging out with a baby is just a fun side hustle,” wrote another commenter, u/ultratoxic.
In 2021, 70% of parents said they were stressed about childcare costs and 40% of parents went into debt due to rising childcare costs, according to The Penny Hoardera personal finance multimedia site.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, child care costs in the United States jumped 41%, according to loan tree. While the Department of Health and Social Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 7% of annual household income, more than 85% of parents said they would spend more than 10% on childcare in 2021, according to Care’s Cost of care survey.
Care, an online marketplace for child care and child care information, also reported that the national average pay rate for a nanny in the United States is $15.30 per hour. Although average rates vary from state to state, nannies in all major cities earn over $15 per hour, and in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC, nannies earn more than $20 an hour.
Nanny rates, which also vary based on the number of children, experience, and first aid and CPR certifications, rarely drop to $10 an hour. nanny wayone of the leading online nanny matchmaking services, reported that even for part-time nannies, parents can expect to pay $476 per week, an average of $13.60 from the time.