(photo taken from the NY Times article)
I definitely have been living out of the USA way too long. I have been lucky enough to have wonderful nannies/housekeepers in Mozambique and now in Bolivia. We have always paid way above regular market salary for all of our nannies. In Mozambique we paid about $200 USD/month and here in Bolivia we pay almost $300 USD/month. Yeah, super cheap I know.
Okay, okay so I have been living in third world countries thousands of miles away from family and friends, but I know that a good nanny is worth the money. I would have gladly paid double that or more for all the ladies that have worked with us.
They take care of my babies...that is worth more than any salary I could afford. When I read this article I almost fell to the floor....$180,000 USD/year plus plus many other benefits...that is a whole lot of cash. But you know what...good for that nanny. Taking care of kids is hard work and these ladies seem to work 24 hours a day and take on multiple projects in the household (correspondence, play dates, planning parties). So power to the nannies! I know it seems like a lot of money and it is, but if I was one of those elite/rich families in NYC that could afford one I would get the best for my kids...wouldn't you?
Having a nanny in a third world country is the norm and very affordable, but actually having a nanny has afforded me the luxury of spending quality time with the kids (you think I am crazy, right?). I pick up the kids, run around town with them on play dates and birthday parties..but then I know I get home and I can get 3-4 hours of productive work in my home office because I have someone to watch the kids. It also is great for Friday and Saturday nights. JJ and I do the whole bedtime routine and once the kids are dreaming all cozy in bed we can run off to a movie or have an "adult" dinner. Yes, I know we are really lucky!
But back to the point of the article...I think these nannies are worth the money...but I still think that if kids have nannies they should never forget who their mommy and daddy are.
By the way I always secretly hoped to be posted in NYC at one point...but I am not so sure about that now...ha ha ha.