At what point is it considered obnoxious to bemoan your station in life? Because we think that point was reached with W’s “The Babysitters Club,” April, wherein a roundtable of four accomplished, wealthy women complain about their nannies. Who knew that hiring live-in help was fraught with the potential for so much heartbreak?
These women have full-time, live-in help, and the nannies are the high-maintenance ones?
There’s the one who asked if the family would be ordering Mr. Chow’s for dinner and the baby nurse who, on a charter jet to go skiing with a family, announced she’s “never been on a private plane this small.”
Oh, we get it now. There’s nothing worse than when the help doesn’t know its place.
Really, we have to applaud W for broadening our horizons with this child-care provider summit. We had no clue how incredibly taxing it is to find someone who’ll be a devoted caretaker and scrub the shower.
“That’s a struggle we’re having—most nannies aren’t housekeepers.”
Gasp! A real struggle indeed! Have they considered an awareness-raising ribbon campaign? Or perhaps a telethon?
Worse—if you can even believe this—there are nannies who would rather not dedicate their entire lives to these privileged Park Avenue spawn. Such gall these sitters display, having their own dreams and ambitions that don’t involve raising someone else’s children!
“I had this great young Brazilian nanny and I was really excited…But she aspired to be something else. Not a babysitter. That was such a bummer.”
Sure, Cristina Greeven Cuomo didn’t choose to stay home with her own children, but when the nanny wants a different career, it’s unacceptable! Nannies are…different! Somehow! In a way no one quoted in this article can explain!
Sarcasm aside, at least all this blubbering was confined to a mere two pages (albeit two oversized pages). And we should clarify that, especially after reading this article, we aren’t suggesting that these women give up their careers and stay home with the kids. In fact, quite the contrary—we’re thinking that the less influence these women have on their children, the better.