Most parents are pretty particular when they hire a nanny for their children, but one couple have taken their “requirements” to outrageous new lengths.
Their job listing for a nanny role has gone viral for all the wrong reasons after the parents demanded any prospective hires have everything from a bachelor’s degree to education skills.
It starts fairly innocent, outlining that the pair are looking for a nanny to care for their two children from 11am until 7pm during the week.
“Full days” will be required during the summer break, or if the kids – who are eight and 13 – are home sick from school.
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They ask for someone with a “flexible schedule” who has a driver’s license and car, which is a fairly common request, and insist applicants should be organised, good with pets and ready to help with schoolwork.
So far, so good, right? That is, until you get to the ‘responsibilities’ section.
The nanny will be required to do everything from getting the kids ready for school, to cooking their meals, doing their laundry and household chores, and even tutoring them in school subjects.
Successful applicants will also have to care for the family pets, do “grocery and personal shopping” for the whole family, and run errands for the parents.
It’s a pretty intense list and goes way beyond what’s required of most nannies, which might be why the parents are also demanding their nanny have a bachelor’s degree.
They also want the new hire to be bilingual, have two years’ experience as a nanny or au pair and be “respectful, compassionate, and have strong ethics”.
It’s an outrageous list of requirements for a simple nanny position, which usually just involves caring for children, but maybe the parents are willing to offer an equally over-the-top salary for the role?
Guess again. Whoever is ‘lucky’ enough to nab this job will be making a measly $13 per hour for pretty much running the family’s household.
The wild ad was soon shared to Reddit, where people were quick to label the parents “ridiculous” and “mental”.
“Basically adopt my kids for $13 per hour,” one person joked of the parents’ attitudes, another adding: “These people aren’t hiring a baby sitter, they’re hiring a surrogate parent.”
A third person chimed in: “Just say you want a slave. Because with these requirements and this pay, this is essentially asking for someone to willingly slave themselves for them.”
Let’s just say we can’t imagine the parents got many applications for this nanny job.