Looking for Mrs. Doubtfire

We need a nanny. Desperately need.

For the past 4 years+, we’ve been lucky enough (or should I say privileged) to have my mom live with us to take care of Pristine. We are forever thankful because life would have been difficult for us if my mom were not here. There’s a terrible lack of decent daycare centers here in Dubai (unlike in Japan). Now, she helps me with the new baby, not to mention helped me get back on my feet after my surgery. She will be leaving us soon to go back home permanently.

I will be going back to work next month so we’re left with a very tough decision on how to go about with child care. Hiring a live in house help is very common in Dubai and I am glad this is possible. It’s a great system, especially for working parents – if only it’s that easy to find a house help who you can trust your children with. Especially a little baby!

Right now, I am scouring the classifieds for a mature lady, preferably someone with a children of her own back home so they are sure to have experience with newborns and if possible, can cook.

I look at the families with maids and thought it was easy hiring someone you don’t even know, to live with you, pay them to take care of your children but clearly, I was so stupid to think it is easy. The idea of leaving our little baby in the care of someone not family (or someone I barely know beyond what is written in the resume)  just drives me crazy.


  1. Don’t rule out the young people with experience (I only say that because I am one! ;-)) There was a website I used for a while AuPair.com might be something to look into, maybe you could even find someone from Japan!



  2. When Matthew turned 9-months old, I faced the same dilemma. Hubby and I found a reputable, regulated, safe daycare center for Matthew. I could have been happy to have that option. But as you know, I took the different path. Rather than enrolling him to daycare, I filed my resignation instead and became a stay-home mom since then.

    If it was me, between a daycare center or a stay-home nanny, I?d look for daycare center first, that is reputable, regulated, safe, all the good stuff. And then be VERY selective and careful with hiring a stay-home nanny.

    But which ever way you choose and which is available to you, I hope you’ll find SOON the help you need and more importantly the BEST care for Baby Ben.



  3. Isn’t that the hardest thing to do when you go back to work?
    I remember those days. If only life was easy enough for all of us moms, or even dads, to be able to stay home with the little ones.
    I will pray that you find the right “Mrs. Doubtfire” for your family before your mom goes back home. I will also pray that you do not miss her too much, what an adjustment that will be for you all. HUGS!!



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