As we’re now in the middle of August, it means back to school is either right around the corner or perhaps even here. Thus, it isn’t surprising that some parents are now actively looking for a nanny or child care worker – and many have found that social media can be a good place to connect with candidates.
However, this week, a Facebook listing for a nanny was in a word “extreme.” The original poster’s account details were hidden but apparently the demands were way beyond what anyone might reasonably expect from even the most professional nanny.
School is starting again, and that means we once again need a nanny! Please read ALL of these requirements. You need to have a master’s degree or higher so that our 5-yo and 7-yo will be intellectually challenged. (No, your “bachelor of english” doesn’t mean you’re smart! Sorry!) You must be between 24-28 years of age to keep up with the activity level of our kiddos. And please plan to have your own housing, don’t assume you will be staying with us Yes, we have extra room, but the privilege is earned, not assumed. We need you from 7am8:30am and 3:00pm-6:00pm every weekday, and the pay will be $18 daily. Plan to bring “snacks” or other food for the kiddos as our cabinets will be locked during the day while we work. You will also need to bring educational materials such as workbooks as we do not keep anything like this at home. Thanks!
It didn’t take long on Thursday for this to go viral; with many commenting that the job requirements were more than a bit over-the-top. What was also notable was a second post that was just as extreme and perhaps even more nonsensical.
According to the job listing, though a master’s degree wasn’t required, a “Bachelors Degree in Childcare OR 9 years of relevant babysitting experience” was among the criteria. Likewise, this particular parent further demanded, “No tattoos. No drugs. No alcohol. No sketchy social media behavior AND/OR public pictures,” as well as adding, “Ideally will be a Trump fan.”
Many users on social media have questioned what type of person would expect such criteria to be met by any nanny. In fact, if anything it is the reactions that are truly comical.
A search across Facebook, and other sites have failed to find actually who originally posted these job listings – so the authenticity can’t be verified. If real, both still read like pure satire and are likely a comment on the state of the job market, and what the “Karens of America” often expect today.
The first post demands that their children be intellectually challenged, yet it is riddle with grammatical errors. Likewise, the pay of $18 a day is clearly a joke, especially as the would-be candidate is required to bring (and thus pay for) “snacks” for the kiddos. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for child care workers was $13.22 per hour as of May 2021, so clearly few individuals would be willing to work for $3 an hour.
The second post also reads like a parody of an affluent MAGA follower – the type of person who demands a Native English speaker yet will make payment for service under the table.
Now it is true that there are plenty of people who do post what can rightfully be described as “slightly unreasonable” demands while looking for a nanny/babysitter via social media. That is what makes these recent posts perhaps somewhat convincing, but clearly they’re meant to mock those who are looking for cheap help.
Given the state of the world, they were certainly good for a laugh.