Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I would never have dreamed of having a Nanny when I lived in Baton Rouge, or in Sugarland for that matter, but it seems to be the norm around Houston proper. Randi and I went to the library the other day and there was huge group of little white kids with Spanish nannies. Then, we went to park. There were only two parents there...the rest, nannies. A girlfriend of mine is FREAKING out because her nannie just quit, and she is a stay-at-mom.
I admit, I was headed down that path for a while. For the past two years, Don had a stupid well paying but work too many hours kind of job, and I was working part-time. We had plenty of money, but no time. So, we had to get some help...a nannie. It was nice at first to be able to come and go as I pleased, but then the kids started not to care whether we were there or not.
Clue #1 that you are not envolved enough in your kid's lives: you can be replaced by a $12 an hour employee.
Things have changed around here...it wasn't worth it. Do what you must to be happy, but don't confuse happiness with pride, selfishness or greed.