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Mommy Dearest: Nanny Neglecting Household Responsibilities

Mommy Dearest,

I am a full-time working mother who has had a nanny for the past two years. She's great with the kids – singing and reading with them, making playdates with other nannies, etc. Over the past month though, She has started neglecting some of her non-childcare duties like cleaning bottles, doing the kids' laundry and picking up after them at the end of each day. I want her primary focus to be on the children, but coming home to a clean home is important to me too. After a full day in the office, the last thing I want to do is tidy up. What would you do in this situation?

– Neatnik Mommy

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Neatnik Mommy,

It sounds like your nanny is taking her job of tending to the children seriously. As far as her neglecting household duties, was that in the contract and job description that the two of you agreed on? If so, then sit down and address the issues. If not, she may not know that housekeeping chores were expected of her and may want compensation for doing tasks like laundry and the like. The best way to handle this situation is to talk to her.

—Mommy Dearest

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