One Park Slope nanny speaks!

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I moved here from Trinidad 21 years ago. I’ve lived in Brooklyn the whole time. The family I work for now has one baby whom I watch full time, everyday.

I don’t want to say what I make as a nanny, but it’s less and less. Everything is off the books. I’ve never talked about it with the family because I think it makes them uncomfortable. I try not to think about it. I got the job and it’s such a nice family, so I know that they know they should pay. I don’t want to bring it up if they don’t.

You know, with the economy how it is, I don’t want to be unemployed, so you have no choice and it’s really not worth talking about the taxes if it means being fired.

I’ve been doing this for a long time. Out of the seven families I’ve worked for only one ever discussed taxes with me. Parents are so worried about the cost.

I know I should be getting paid more. Maybe it’s just the problems with the economy, but I know they try to make it seem like they can’t afford to pay me more and then the next thing I know I’m out of a job because they’re moving to a bigger house somewhere. That’s what happened with the last family I worked for.

These people I work for now are so nice. They’re both professionals and are very busy, you know.

I’m getting older and I know you have to get Social Security, but I don’t. That sort of thing, and health care, are a real problem. I worry, and I know I should have those benefits. People here are obviously making money. I don’t understand it. It’s not right.

— interviewed by Claire Glass

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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brklynmind from PS says:
I dont think this women understands how taxes work, while paying "on the books" may cost her employer some, it would actually hit her take home pay much much worse. Maybe that's what she wants and is okay with the smaller weekly check, but since she is also saying that her take home pay is too low, I think she should learn what the ramifications of payroll (and potentially income taxes ) would be. If she still wants to be paid "on the books" she should request that. It is likely that the employer would agree and actually just assumes the nanny would prefer cash.
March 10, 2010, 9:25 am
Bob from Park Slope says:
This lady probably gave this interview while the kid she is paid to take care of ran around unattended. These Caribbean nannies are the worst. They drag these kids around while gossipping on their cell phones all day.
May 24, 2011, 8:39 am
Nutritionist from Jamaica Estates says:
Bob, i'm an educated, 28 year old, Nutritionist. My parents are from Carribean decent and I know many family members who miragted to this country about the same time this woman did. These women are treated like crap (by some families) and are expected to live off of salaries that can be unfair. Day care can be $300-$400/ week and for these families to treat these nannies like "The house help" is disgusting. So, Bob, don't group all of "these carribean nannies" together. Many of them are better than these Day cares, collecting funds.
June 20, 2011, 11:26 am
chyna from brooklyn says:
hey bob from park slope that lady ur talkin about is my mom so back the hell offf
Oct. 16, 2011, 1:28 pm
chyna from brooklyn says:
this is a total fraud ok people
Oct. 16, 2011, 1:28 pm
rachel from brooklyn says:
Bob, lets start by saying all caribbean people is not the same. so please watch what come out of your mouth.
@ my caribbean people becarefull what u do stay off your phone when u have they children because u see how they think. and if we like bob now i will say all parents think nanny from the caribbean gossip and talk on phone all day that why they don't pay much because they don't think u worth much.
March 5, 2012, 3:09 am
viv from brooklyn says:
Bob,most of us nanny are educated,we just do this cause we care for these children,most of us love the children more then there parents do so back up on what you say. out of 100 nanny 85 are great nanny's i am a nanny and i see how some parent treats nannys when they are told the truth most parent dont like to hear the truth
Feb. 24, 2013, 12:05 am
viv from brooklyn says:
when ever i go on interview,i always ask about paying on the books,but most of the parents act as if they dont know what im talking about
Feb. 24, 2013, 12:07 am
Petra from Brooklyn says:
Bob let me see you do all the stuff that we as nannies do please you won't last a full week so do me a favou r back to hell off my Caribbean people and yes we are educated ok bob
Jan. 11, 2016, 12:01 pm
Petra from Brooklyn says:
Bob listen I took care of premies born eight weeks early and I gave those babies 110%.I mean that with god help they have to see this big world but do you think I was paid a million dollars no but I did it I love kids don't care what color they are so when you open your mouth to talk about Caribbean nannies stop because bob some parent put all the work on us I know that because I am.a nanny also so please bob stop ok
Jan. 11, 2016, 12:12 pm

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