Childcare: The Great Debate Rages On

Mary Poppins and Bert

image credit: Sam Howzit, Flickr

Mary Poppins wanted. Chimney sweep boyfriend not required.

That was how our ad for a new nanny read when we sadly posted it on a month ago.

Our nanny, who has been with us since I returned from maternity leave two years ago, is moving out of state. After this winter, I really don’t blame her, but now we had to look for someone else to watch the kids while my husband and I work.

My kids have always had the nanny come to our home and care for them. It was easier for me in the morning to not have to pack up twins and get them to daycare and me to work with some semblance of punctuality. But now my options were open again. Daycare? Nanny? Spend more time at home? What’s a mom to do?

We did our due diligence and toured daycares and even considered me staying home more. But those options just weren’t for us. While the daycares were completely wonderful, it didn’t feel right for our kids. And the thought of me staying home all the time sounded good at first, but the more I thought about it, the more panicky I became. Nope, not an option.

We settled on a new nanny. After weeding through dozens of applications (When I specified that I wanted an “experienced” person, the 19-year-old with “10 years of experience” doesn’t count. Not even a little.), we settled on seven for phone interviews (to this day my husband and I both swear that one of them was either high or getting high while on the phone with us) and gave four in-person interviews. A job offer was extended and she accepted! A huge weight was lifted off our shoulders.

We’re looking forward to working with the new nanny, and at the same time, we’re sad to see Original Nanny leave. But we have a transition plan in place and our fingers crossed that all goes well.

How do you handle childcare? Do you ever feel like you’re being judged? What do you say?

– Rebecca Calappi, Publications Coordinator at Beaumont Health System and adoptive parent of multiples

2 Responses to “Childcare: The Great Debate Rages On”

  1. 1 Whitney Cashwell Schutte April 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

    My kids are with grandparents on the days I work. I’ve never felt judged by others, but I have definitely judged myself at times. Mommy guilt is awful.

  2. 2 Anonymous April 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I second the mommy guilt, Whitney! Must be just part of the qualifications that go with being a mom. 🙂 Great article, Rebecca! I enjoy how you have a way of seeing the humor and sunny side to most things. Keep on blogging…

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