Archive for Friday, August 29, 2008

Help-wanted nanny ad: ‘My kids are a pain’

August 29, 2008


— It was an unusually honest ad for a live-in nanny, a 1,000-word tome beginning, "My kids are a pain." But it worked, attracting a brave soul who's never been a nanny before.

"If you cannot multitask or communicate without being passive-aggressive, don't even bother replying," Rebecca Land Soodak, a mother of four on Manhattan's Upper East Side, wrote Aug. 19 in her advertisement on

The ad took on a life of its own, making the rounds of parenting blogs and e-mail inboxes and inspiring an article in Thursday's New York Times.

Soodak, a 40-year-old painter whose husband owns a wine store, eventually hired Christina Wynn, a 25-year-old University of Virginia graduate, to take care of Rubin, 12; Ellis, 9; and Shay and Cassie, both 6.


coolmom 9 years, 8 months ago

maybe the ad was a way to stand out? worked. the nanny cant say she hasnt been warned either.

Steve Mechels 9 years, 8 months ago

consumer1, I have to agree. All kids are a pain at some time. I'm guessing mom and dad don't want to take the time to raise them. That is a main reason why I quit teaching after eight years; parents won't take responsibility for raising their kids.

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