Yesterday SunSentinel.com posted this under "Moms & Dads Parents Share Their Stories & Advice." We would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Here is the post:
Nanny positions requiring college degrees
It’s tough out there for job hunters. It’s getting even harder for those looking for nanny work.
I’ve noticed more and more job postings are requiring nannies to have a college degree. Some nanny agencies won’t look at you unless you have a Bachelor’s degree under your belt.
Just yesterday I came across a mom looking for a nanny for her fraternal twins. Under her list of skills--“college degree preferred.’’
I think these parents and agencies are totally off base.
While earning a college degree is a major accomplishment it doesn’t mean you know squat about parenting or caring for kids.
As a working single mom, I relied heavily on nannies and babysitters when my daughter was much younger.
The nanny my daughter loved the most was a high school dropout with three grown kids. She cared for my daughter for two straight years until it was time for her to start pre-school.
She was loving, playful and creative. But she was also stern, disciplined, and organized. She knew my daughter so well she called my attention to things her pediatrician missed.
When I panicked about certain behavior, she was able to tell me from her own parenting experience, not to worry, it was a phase. And she was flexible, which was a big plus in my line of work.
I’m grateful for having found her. She’s no longer our nanny, she’s a family friend. To my daughter she will always be “Tia."
Had I narrowed my nanny pool to college graduates, we would have never met and our family would have missed out.