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The Tragic Nanny Ad
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“My kids are a pain!” So began the brutally honest help wanted ad written by a mother of four from Manhattan’s Upper East Side who was recently looking for a nanny. Here are a few of the other excerpts from the listing that this mother included in her lengthy classified listing on Craigs List:

“I can be a tad difficult to work for. I'm loud, pushy and while I used to think we paid well, I am no longer sure."

"If you are fundamentally unhappy with your life, you will be more unhappy if you take this job, so do us all a favor and get some treatment or move to the Rockies, but do not apply for employment with us."

"Also, if you suspect all wealthy women are frivolous, we are not for you."

And this: "I have all sorts of theories on how to stack my dishwasher, and if you are judgmental about Ritalin for ADHD, or think such things are caused by too much sugar, again, deal-break city."1

Funny Story?

Many news writers have found this to be a funny story. I found it to be a tragic reminder that we live in a society where so many children are secondary to the whims and wishes of parents who have more money than parental concern.

When will society as a whole wake up to the idea that many of our domestic problems today stem from grown children who experienced a terrible childhood. From allowing the television to baby-sit, to pawning them off on the hired help, many children can’t help but feel cast off by the parental figures who are supposed to care, nurture and lovingly mold them.

What can you and I do to help? It’s naïve’ to actually believe that we can change all of society’s ills, but there is something we can do. If we’re still raising families of our own we can covenant with God to spend the necessary time and effort being totally involved with our kids as they grow and mature into adulthood.

If we’ve finished raising our children, we can accept the challenge of assisting our grown children with our grandkids, or in helping some young person in our community who didn’t have the opportunity to be raised in a loving, engaged home environment.

It’s difficult to read stories like the one about this mother who wrote a very negative ad about her children and family, but our job as Christians is to do what we can to balance the societal scales.

1 USA Today

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