When someone is looking for help, they sometimes sugarcoat the position or the situation. This is apparently not the case in Manhattan.
In an unusually honest ad for a live-in nanny, Rebecca Land Soodak, a mother of four wrote, “My kids are a pain,” in her August 19th advertisement on Craigslist.
She went on to say, “If you cannot multitask, or communicate without being passive aggressive, don’t even bother replying.”
Even though the ad gets better with the following excerpts, a 25-year-old University of Virginia graduate, committed to take care of Rubin, 12; Ellis, 9; and Shay and Cassie, both 6.
“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.”
“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.”
While I respect that this mom would like the right match for her family, I think that the way she speaks in this ad is condescending.