A reader suggested that we talk about nanny cams. (She suggested the topic using the Skribit widget on the sidebar… hint hint).
Personally, I think nanny cams are kindof creepy, in general. And, if I were ever tempted to use one myself, it would be a sign to me that my relationship with my au pair was already over…and just awaiting the formalities.
Still, I can understand wanting to know what’s "really going on" at home, especially if your children are too young to tell you about it. I’m sure that, years ago, our first au pair Margit continued to rock my baby to sleep for her nap, rather than putting the baby into the crib as I asked her to. Of course, I knew that was happening because one I afternoon I came home early, and both Margit and the baby were asleep in the glide rocker, lullabies playing in the background. It was so sweet I started to cry. But I digress…
It just never got that bad, even with our 2 ‘bad’ au pairs, that I felt I needed to spy on them. If I ever felt that covert monitoring was necessary, it had more to do with concerns about driving the car to Canada or leaving curling irons plugged in overnight. But how about for you?
[Note: After reading the first few comments, I’ve added to the first poll a disctinction between using a nanny cam with or without your AP knowing…]