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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Every family that I've worked for has wanted references from previous families. That's fine and dandy, I get it. And since all of my references are GLOWING, there is no problem with supplying a name, phone number, and email. But what about when a new Nanny asks the parents for a reference from an old Nanny or babysitter? Would you allow it?
I've always wondered why some families that I worked for switched Nannies. Maybe the pay wasn't increasing or maybe the Nanny was just awful and had to be fired. Either way, I think the new Nanny deserves to hear from the previous one...just like families want to know that I was never in jail or a child thief!
There have been a few times when in my gut, I knew I should have asked for a Nanny reference. I also saw the previous Nannies around town but to not stir up drama, I never asked what their impression of the family was. To this day, I am friendly with a Nanny that used to work for a family that I worked for. I know we thought the same things: they were cheapskates, annoying, and the kid was a brat, but just in case either of us kept in touch, we never talk about it. But how do I know we thought the same thing? I heard it through another Hoboken Nanny! Also, how could we not think that? They were jerks.