New Mom Secret: I Fired My Sitter for Being Good

Sasha Brown-Worsham

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:

My children had an absolutely amazing nanny for two years. She was creative and crafty and maternal and loved them like her own children. At first I was absolutely thrilled with her involvement with the children. She would come on weekends when I wasn't paying her just to attend festivals with us and take the kids on outings. We loved her and trusted her, which was amazing. But then my kids started crying when she left. They begged for her to kiss their boo-boos and cried at the door when she left in the afternoon. I loved her, but my husband and I started to feel like it was too much. We found another family and let them poach her while we hired a new nanny who is good, but much more professional. I feel bad, but for our family, it was the right thing, I think. -- Anonymous

I so want to be on your side in this because I know how it feels when your kids seemingly reject you for another (in my case, their father), but I really can't understand letting someone go who was that good.


Do you know how hard it is to find someone who cares for your children like you might? Next to impossible, I think. Finding quality childcare is difficult, period, but to find someone who loves your children and wants to spend time with them free of charge?

One in a million!

You probably should have just dealt with the tears and counted your blessings.

Incidentally, may I have her number?

Do you have any thoughts for this mom?

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