NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.
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
"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."
being the age of instant communications, 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.
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.
made a commitment to stay in the job for at least a year," Wynn told
the Times. "I met the oldest child, but not the others, which my mother
said was crazy - to accept the job without meeting all the kids. So
we'll see." She noted that one of the pluses is that the children are
all in school for several hours each day.