(Closed) Would you hire a male nanny?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

that is a good question. i would never hire a nanny personally. but i think it would depend on the sex of my children-child. if i had 2 little girls, HELL NO. if i had 2 little boys, i think it would be different. i would need a backround check and he would have to history of working with children.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Our nanny is female… she is very very naturing… I dont think that a male could be that way with DS.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t see a problem with it. I guess everyone is different but I worked as a nanny years ago overseas and one of the other nannies I met was a manny. He was awesome and a really great nanny!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My neighbors have a male nanny; they have a son (age 4) and a daughter (6). Their nanny is great with the kids and there’s no worries whatsoever over his being alone with a little girl. He does some minor home repairs for them, too, little stuff like fix a chair if it breaks while he’s working.

My other neighbors have a female nanny for their little girl, and she’s very anti-social.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’d never have a nanny. But I would consider hiring a male babysitter. I’d certainly be just as careful as I am with chosing a female babysitter, meaning it would need to be someone who I knew in some capacity (worked for a friend, close to the family, etc), and they would need stellar references and experience working with children.

I generally wouldn’t trust someone I didn’t know very, very, very well (ie, my SO, my parents, or my best friend) to watch my child before they were able to fully communicate with me. Very young children can’t communicate if there is a problem so I’d definitely not hire any stranger, male or female, to watch my very young child.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsStrawberry24:  Males can be just as nuturing as a female.  I worked in day care and we had 1 male who worked there he was fantastic with the kids and more nuturing than some of the females who worked there.

Op as for your question if that male was qualified and had experience yes I would hire a male nanny

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Absolutely.  Although I’m not personally the nanny type, I don’t see it as all that different than hiring a male babysitter.  As a kid, me and my siblings’ favorite babysitter was a guy!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It would really depend.  If I had a just little girl, no, probably not.  But a little boy, or one of each, then yes, if he was qualified, got along well with the child, and all that other jazz.  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrsgurzakovic:  In theory I guess I would, yes. Although there seems to be less of them around than female nannies and I might be more careful about understanding why they were drawn to being a manny. Also, I would probably rely on the nanny to do some light cooking and cleaning and if my Darling Husband skills are anything to go by, then I would need to be careful that a manny would be able to do those things! 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Sure, it’s not an issue for me.  When we looking for our nanny, though, we found very few men in the field, and none of them were interested in working with infants.  It seems like most male nannies prefer to work with preschoolers and up, which wouldn’t work for us.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Genuine curiosity question for those who said they wouldn’t hire a male nanny if they only had female children… would you not hire a female nanny if you only had male children?  Why or why not? 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I totally would. My fiance is amazing with kids – like, so much better than me – and when we babysit for our friends’ kids, I’m always blown away by how much he loves taking care of the kids and how much the kids love him, too. I wish he could be a manny, but I think there’s such a small amount of people who would be willing to hire a male nanny, it’s almost not even worth trying. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If he was the most qualified person for the job, absolutely.  I find it really sad that people are so quick to assume that a male nanny is unfit to care for little girls because surely he must be a predator.

I would carefully vet anyone who would be taking care of my child, male or female.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@DaneLady:  I’m curious about that, too.

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