Would you ever hire "The Nanny" for your home?

Amanda - posted on 12/31/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I don't know how many of you have seen this show, but it's aired on channels here in the US and I haven't seen one in awhile but caught an episode last night! It's where familiies who can't contorl their children call in help from the nanny...whom I believe there are 3 or 4 british women who come into the home for one week. Observe for a day, and than have a meeting with the parents on what they think they should do, and than help the parents follow through with the new guidelines, to end up with the perfect happy family!


Would I ever call in the nanny personally!? NOPE. I think they may be able to help some people but you have children on your own, you should be able to raise them on your own. I know some people don't have a support system to back them up, and in that situation than yes maybe the nanny would help. But I don't think I could handle someone else in my home after I had to break down and call her to tell me what to do with my kids....lol....you're opinions!?!

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Krista - posted on 12/31/2010

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It really depends. I think it's better to ask for help than for a problem to get to the point where it's completely out of control and damaging to the children. Maybe if more parents weren't afraid to ask for help, we'd see a lot fewer screwed-up kids out there.

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Becky - posted on 12/31/2010

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Well first off, I disagree with "you have children on your own, you should be able to raise them on your own." What about, "it takes a village to raise a child"? There are experts out there for a reason, because some people need them! Parenting does not come instinctively to some parents. Some parents have children with very difficult temperments or behavioral problems that they are unable to manage on their own. I think statements like that lead to the stigma against asking for help, and contribute to the number of children who are abused and neglected.
Now for me, I think I do alright. My children are pretty well-behaved for their ages, we have rules and boundaries, and they're very, very loved. I don't think we need outside help right now. However, if we ever did, I wouldn't hesitate to call someone in to help us. Not the nanny per se - I don't want the world to see my crappy parenting skills! But I would call for support from local agencies, including having someone come into our home and teach us how to manage certain situations, if necessary.

Jodi - posted on 12/31/2010

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Nope. Firstly I don't think I'd need to. But honestly? She annoys me. While I think she has some good points, she just annoys me.

Joanna - posted on 12/31/2010

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I'd hire the super nanny inan instant! Hubby and I have a hard time with rule enforcement, and barely any patience. Id love some help from her to learn those skills. Plus she can assess what the child needs and help us understand better.

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I never would call on the nanny but I don't need to. I have watched super nanny and I can see why some people need to. But I also don't think it makes any difference in the long run unless a lot of these parents are willing to change their approach on parenting all together.

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I wouldn't want to be on tv..... ;)

I often feel like it's complete chaos around here, but if I'm the only one my kids misbehave for and they are terrific for other people (as everyone keeps telling me), I must being doing SOMETHING right.... so I'll take it and leave 'the Nanny' out of it.

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I think the Nanny can be a great tool for some parents. Parenting is a skill, and it comes naturally for some and not so much for others. It would be great if there were actual nanny agencies out there to do what these nannies do on the show.

Personally, I secretly judge the parents on the show. Sometimes I'll watch it just so I can feel great about my parenting. Not that I'm perfect by any means. But some of these parents...I mean really?

Caitlin - posted on 12/31/2010

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I don't think i'd ever need her, i'm good at laying down the law, but I have a friend who seems like she HATES her kids. Her facebook statuses are always whining about the kids and this and that and it drives me nuts. She has no control, and I will not have her kids around mine because I don't want my kids to get ideas that calling your mom stupid is acceptable (especially since they are 6 and 4.. wow). Either way, I could see hoe it could help teach parents how to deal with issues, some parents just can't figure out how to discipline effectively..

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