I worked as a nanny for more than a decade. I also organized nanny placements for caregivers from around the world as an agency coordinator. In other words, I have plenty of experience in all things Mary Poppins. I've fielded complaints from both nannies and parents, too, covering all sorts of strange behaviors, habits, and unfair practices. So, when I asked moms to reveal the weirdest thing their nanny ever did, I experienced a little deja vu. I guess nothing really surprises me anymore.
Being a nanny is a wonderful job, don't get me wrong. As a caregiver you get to play, imagine, and supervise children all day. It's a difficult job, though, usually accompanied by long hours and low pay. Working in someone else's home can can a little uncomfortable, too. When a caregiver works in the family home, it's not uncommon for certain parents to take liberties with the nanny's time. They may come home later than agreed, give little notice for changes to schedules, or expect the nanny to do chores that have not been agreed in the employment contract.
Choosing someone to care for the most precious person in your life can be stressful and difficult and nothing short of overwhelming, but most nannies are amazing professionals who deserve your trust and respect. However, if they do any of these weird things, well, you might want to have a discussion: