Wednesday 24 August 2011

But someone else is much richer...

I read an article (I seem to be doing a lot of this at the moment) about nannies to the super-rich. It was quite incredible. Often working for foreign billionaires living in London and abroad, they get paid from about £1000 per week, net, and of course their flat, their food and their car (at the very least) are thrown in.
One family apparently has three children, each with a nanny of his or her own, and each nanny gets paid £1500 per week. Another family has a house for the parents, and a separate house for the nanny and the children (I must confess that there were times when I wished my children lived in another continent, never mind another house, but those moments were relatively fleeting).

Three questions occurred to me:
1. What on earth does this kind of childhood do to the child?
2. Am I too old to be a nanny to the super-rich?
3. If not, when can I start?


  1. 1) Mother-in-law (RIP) was a nanny and the child saw her as his 'mother.'

    2) No you are not too old and neither am I!

    3) Soon I hope - googling nanny mags immmediately after posting!

    Anna :o]

  2. 1. Oh, how sad.
    2. Thanks very much!
    3. Me too, Anna. Me too!

  3. I think it would do my head in to live like this, actually. But good luck with the nanny mags! :)

  4. I can't claim to be an expert on what constitutes 'normal' family life - but I don't think this is it!

  5. What I can't understand is why people have children at all if they're going to give them over to another person to bring up in such a way.

    On the other hand, had I known just how much the job earned, I'd have been in the nanny queue long ago (but can't think of anything worse now!).

  6. Jenny, I think the world they inhabit is so totally different from the rest of us that it's literally unimagineable. Poor poor kids.

    Joanne, you're right!

    Rosemary, I've often wondered that. I think for some people kids are accessories, like a Gucci handbag.

  7. Teresa, yes. Terribly sad. I think everyone misses out (except the nanny!).