- Nannies who work for rich and powerful families often work 13-hour days filled with household chores and outlandish requests from parents.
- Business Insider spoke with several nannies across the US to find out what kinds of things they’ve been asked to do on the job and what they wish their bosses knew.
- One nanny, who Business Insider is keeping anonymous to protect their identity, noted that their responsibilities include far more than just shuttling the family’s children to their afterschool activities.
- The nanny also said that diapers, tantrums, and long hours aren’t the most difficult part of the job – it’s the parents.
- Business Insider is refraining from publishing the nanny’s name or specific details about the family in order to protect her identity.
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Being a nanny for an ultra-wealthy family may seem like a glamorous job – in reality, it’s anything but.
The days are filled with household chores and outlandish requests from parents, one Durham, North Carolina-based elite nanny told Business Insider. She takes care of a four-year-old boy and his infant brother, having been hired by the family through an agency when the older child was born four years ago.
However, the perks and pay are unparalleled. Elite nannies can make up to $150,000 with full benefits, according to Katie Provinziano, the managing director of Los Angeles staffing agency Westside Nannies – but the costs are steep too. As a result, many elite nannies change careers after three to five years, Provinziano told Business Insider.
Keep reading to learn what life as an elite nanny is really like.
5:15 a.m.: The nanny’s alarm goes off.
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She now has 45 minutes to get ready for her 13-hour day of caring for two children: a four-year-old and an infant.
The nanny told Business Insider she works Monday through Friday, about 60 hours a week. She’s been with the family for four years.
6:00 a.m.: The nanny drives to the family’s house in Durham, North Carolina.
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When the nanny arrives, she lets herself in, as all of the family members are still asleep.
First, the nanny lets the family’s dogs out and cooks breakfast before waking up the family’s oldest son to get him ready for school.
That process is usually interrupted when the infant wakes up. The baby will immediately need a bottle and a diaper change.
7:45 a.m.: The parents and older child leave for the day, giving the nanny time to focus on chores.
The mother is a doctor and the father is the CEO of a local corporation, the nanny told Business Insider.
After they leave, the nanny then turns to household chores while keeping an eye on the baby. She uses the time to do the family’s laundry, tidy up their house, cook lunch for that afternoon, and prepare a few extra meals to serve later in the week.
She also will take a break to play with the baby and take him for a short walk. Spending so much quality time with the kids is both the best and worst parts of the job, the nanny told Business Insider.
11:45 a.m.: She picks up the older child from school.
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As soon as they return home, the boy eats the lunch the nanny prepared that morning.
„If lunch isn’t ready by noon, all hell breaks loose,“ she told Business Insider.
After lunch, they have some time to play before his swim lesson.
2:00 p.m.: The baby takes a nap and the older child has a swim lesson.
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Both children are given baths afterward.
During this time, the nanny also finishes any chores leftover from the morning and begins cooking dinner for the family.
6:30 p.m.: The parents return home from work, and the nanny serves them dinner with the children.
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After dinner, the nanny returns home to get some rest before doing it all again the next day. On occasion, she said she’ll even spend the night with the kids if the parents are traveling.
The long hours, temper tantrums, and dirty diapers aren’t the hardest part of her day, the nanny told Business Insider. Instead, it’s dealing with the parents.
„The part I really hate is when the parents tell me something obvious to do,“ she said. „They always do it in a condescending way and it’s like I haven’t been taking care of their children from birth for four years.“
But, despite the difficulties the job can come with, the nanny had a clear answer when asked about its positives, too.
„They can be the worst part sometimes, too, but there is nothing like loving and being loved by two amazing kids,“ she told BI. „They really are wonderful, sweet kids and I know that they view me as part of their family. I’ve been with them since the oldest was six months old so they really do know me as a concrete part of their life.“
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