Would You Hire A "Manny" To Take Care Of Your Kids ?

  1. Why mothers are ditching the nanny to hire a 'manny'

    By Alexandra Frean for Timesonline

    WORKING mothers are increasingly keen to hire a man to look after their children rather than bring a young, attractive female nanny into their homes, according to a childcare recruitment agency.

    A survey of 1,500 families by the agency, Tinies, suggests that attitudes are changing towards male nannies — or “mannies”, as they are known.
    Eight out of ten parents said that it was more acceptable now than ten years ago to hire a male nanny, while 94 per cent said that they would consider hiring a man for the job.

    A fifth said that they knew of a family who already had a male nanny.
    However, only 4 per cent of people working in the childcare industry are men. There are about 12,500 men registered as childcarers — up from 8,500 in 2003.

    Oliver Black, the agency’s director, said that female insecurity, jealousy and mistrust were key factors in the change.“Our research shows that the threat of an attractive female nanny is certainly an issue,” he said.

    Working fathers, however, were far less concerned by the thought of hiring an attractive male nanny, possibly because they believed that a man who worked with children would not be a threat.
    However, despite their popularity mannies are in short supply because few men consider going into childcare.
    “Attitudes are certainly changing,” said Mr Black. “Mothers, especially, are now more than happy to leave their children in the care of an experienced and qualified male childcarer.
    “However, there are very few male nannies and nursery staff out there. The ones we have placed have always been a great success.”
    Mr Black said that it was very important to get the right person for the job, whether male or female.

    “Qualifications, references, a criminal records check, experience and a face-to-face interview are crucial in appointing a quality nanny.”
    Experts have long called for more men to work in childcare, arguing that children would benefit from exposure to a wider range of positive role models.
    For the child of a single mother, for example, a male carer may be the only male role model in his or her early years.
    However, many men are deterred by the low pay, poor terms and conditions, lack of career progression and the perception that childcare is “women’s work”.

    The Government has been trying to widen the pool of talent entering childcare, fearing that without more men its plans to expand childcare — including the ambitious extended schools programme — might fail.
    A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: “We believe that male workers have a lot to offer children, including acting as positive role models.
    “We provide local authorities with money to recruit and train childcare workers, including £14 million for recruitment in 2004-06, and our childcare recruitment campaign has used a range of initiatives to target under-represented groups, including men.”
  2. Only if he was hot now that im almost single. lol

    just a little humor to pick me up :-]]
  3. Don't think I could...but on the other hand, I don't think I could bring in any kind of a nanny, or manny. I have terrible trust issues when it comes to leaving my kid in the care of another...
  4. No, sorry.
  5. Me too!
  6. I was a manny in college -- I took care of a set of twins ... I always got strange looks when I went to the park but for the most part, I don't think there is much difference between having a woman versus a man taking care of a child.

    In the end, I think any parent wants a sincere, honest and loving individual to care for their child -- and all of that can be provided regardless of gender.
  7. Having a daughter, it would just be way too scary to have a man (Other than daddy) watch her. Then again, you have female babysitters who shake & hit kids :cursing:
  8. i understand the trust issue thing. i think there are issues with both men and women when it comes to abuse - just different kind of abuse.

    as for the manny: i can safely say DH would not be keen on having another dude around the house whereas I wouldn't mind another gal - wouldn't necessarily pick a hot twenty-something in a belt for a mini skirt but other than that, why not? (do I have confidence issues? no. but neither would I set up an unnecessary situation)
  9. Im not sure I would hire anyone to watch my kids....However, Im not against a man doing it. I think kids would have more fun w/ some men....at least w/ my DH:p

    With that said, I would do a very lengthy and detailed background check him or anyone for that matter.
  10. I would........if he was qualified.

    And spunky.
  11. my cousin has a manny for her daughter and he's great. a bit camp but fantastic with her daughter.

    i'd like to think i'd base my decision on individual merit and the sort of feeling i get from the person rather than gender. and of course do all the relevant checks.
  12. if hes hot..heck yes!

    Actually if I really liked him and how he was with my kids..ABSOLUTELY.It wouldnt bother me at all....As long as my kids and him got along amazing,Thats all that counts.
  13. I don't have kids, but I would. I wonder why it is a double standard? I think if someone was qualified for the position, then why not.
  14. I sort of have a "manny." My younger brother (26 yrs) helps out as my assistant. He picks the girls up from school/camp and watches them when I have meetings to go to. He's great with them.
  15. ^^Awwww, look at you! I love the avatar.
    I would absolutely have hired a "Manny". My son, 19, watches a 3 year old boy on occasion. He truly enjoys children.