In the U.S. I had a nanny/mother's helper since my younger child was born-- and life was good. I got a break when I needed one. Our nanny and I did tandem time on the kids and we worked as a team to make it all happen while avoiding complete chaos most of the time.
Had two great nannies, each were with us for a year. We all still keep in touch and oh how I wish either of them were in Australia!
So that being said, since our arrival here 10 months ago I have searched on and off for a nanny. Live in, live out, Australian, Brazilian, students, child care workers... the list goes on and on. Trying to find the delicate balance of someone who can be my back up when I'm here and take control when I run out is difficult. The boys are at an age where having a nanny would be a great help, but I can live without one until we find the right person.
So along my nanny trail I had this girl from the Gold Coast apply, we liked her, and went to check her references-- and after getting a outgoing voicemail message on one of the reference's mobile phone that said "Heeeey, I'm either wooorking or sleeeeping- leeeave a message"- not exactly a message I can imagine on one of my mommy friend's phone. That led me to google the references' names.
I guess if the reference is supposed to have a 4 year old child, and has a myspace page that looks like this, you may have a problem.
20 years old, single girl-- her myspace details pasted here:
|Here for:||Networking, Friends|
|Hometown:||Eneabba, Western Australia, AUSSIE!!!|
|Body type:||5' 8"|
|Smoke / Drink:||No / Yes|
|Children:||I don't want kids|
And I even got to read her blog called: "BASIC RULES FOR DATING/HOOKING UP/GETTIN' LAID/CLUCKING"
And let's just say that her facebook.com page was more of the same.
When I called her out on the phony reference/s via in email and her response was "Australians don't take kindly to condescending Americans. Please do not contact me again."
Ah, adventures in Nannyland.