Searching for a nanny. Again.

by DaniGirl on October 30, 2008 · 6 comments

in Working and mothering

Sigh. I should have known it was too good to be true. When I first started looking for a new nanny for the boys back in September, the first two people to reply were so awesome that I danced for two days. One was an ECE grad, one had a little daughter but tonnes of nanny experience. I was delighted that I’d have to choose between two fantastic candidates.

The ECE grad bailed the day of our first interview, saying she was sick. No problem. Then she missed the second one, claiming she thought it was the following week. Then she stood me up last night. The second one disappeared, too. One e-mail she was very interested, and I haven’t heard from her since.

(insert colourful curse words here)

So now I’m back to scouring the ads, placing ads of my own, sifting through the reams of applicants who I wouldn’t trust to take care of my garden let alone my kids, and hoping against hope that we get lucky again. It’s the most helpless, frustrating feeling.

You know, I really think this goddamn childcare search is the hardest, most painful part of parenting. I’d happily endure another 24 hours of labour if it meant I could be guaranteed a decent, caring, reliable person to care for my boys. So much for looking forward to going back to work.

I’d’ve loved to have our old nanny back, but she’s eight months pregnant with baby #2 for her, and I just can’t see her taking on my three boys plus her own two year old plus a newborn. You couldn’t pay me enough to do it, anyway!

Oh, and to add insult to injury… remember the woman who took care of the boys for two days and quit with no notice by dropping a judgmental letter in my mailbox in the middle of the night? Guess whose daughter is in Simon’s JK class? I get to see her twice a day, every day. I tell ya, the fun never stops around here.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kate October 30, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I signed up for and that seems to have been a bit better. but YEAH this search sucks donkey balls. We had what we thought was an awesome candidate and then she bailed at the last minute. What I hate too is all the f-ing time it takes to contact people, call people back, meet with them. etc. BLECH.

2 Annika October 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Okay, I can’t stop laughing over the ending of this particular post. I love your sense of humour!

3 Meghan October 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Have you seen this site:

Seems to be new. Hope it helps!

4 Theresa October 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Just read the post from 2007….WOW that woman is either super anal….or nuts!? Or both?!?

Uhhh….good luck with “the search”!

5 Jen October 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear it 🙁 I absolutely loathe the childcare search – who will ever be good enough to watch our children, and what will we just ‘deal with’ and let slide, etc. etc. We went through quite a time as well, had the perfect person lined up two months in advance of my return to work, etc. and then one day a few weeks before he was due to start she called and dropped the bomb. Made me sick and soooo angry! When we finally moved a bit out of town, we decided to go with a centre (the boy started at the centre at 18mos, and now is in school full-time, so only has before and after school care) Being out of town the centre is cheaper than what we were paying for in-home daycare in Orleans, and we don’t have to take our vacations on someone else’s schedule, etc. etc. OK, so none of that is helpful for you, lol But I want to say that I feel your pain! I hope you find your Mary Poppins soon!! (and OMG the NERVE of that woman! She’s nuts and a coward!)

6 Sharon October 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Aww man. That sucks.

Hugs and I hope you find the almost perfect nanny.


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