So Mandarin-speaking nannies are the new hotness in the US, according to the BBC, as parents try to give their kids an early start on the language of their future overlords [or, if you're a nationalistic optimist, their future joint venture partners.]
One nanny supposedly had a bidding war, and got a $70,000 salary out of it. Yikes. Some money-saving tips:
- Be flexible on the nanny's accent [I'm sure Fujianese speakers command much less.]
- Make sure your nanny does the whole diaper-free thing; that'll save you a couple grand right there.
- Try hiring someone from one of those Chinese-run taco places; they'll ask for less, plus they'll teach your kid Spanish, too, which was the last hot nanny language.
The nanny placement consultant is skeptical, though: "It's almost like when everybody had the Pomeranians [dogs] and the Pocketbooks [computers] a few years ago. Maybe it will last but I don't think so."