I saw a video on Facebook. It's a nanny cam that caught the nanny abusing a baby. I couldn't finish watching it. I can't watch things like that. It makes me feel murderous.
Mommies, if you have a nanny cam, please tell your yayas about it. That way, they know they're being watched and they will try to not do anything to your child. I don't understand why the need to catch them doing bad things to your kids is more important than the safety of your children. Tell them every corner of your house is rigged with hidden cameras, even if it's not true! My neighbor points to the ceiling sprinklers (there's at least two in every room) and tells her yayas that those are the cameras. You betcha the maids are on their best behavior.
We don't have nanny cams. There's no need since we're always at home. I guess that's why when I caught the yaya hitting Vito, it was at the playground. No cameras there.
Right now, we have no yayas still. It's been 6 weeks. We're exhausted but secure and happy. We do need a cleaning lady and a babysitter since we need to earn money. Taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, cooking, doing errands and basically running the household drains our brains. We're writers. By the end of the day, we can't think anymore. All we want to do is sleep, which means that no work is getting done! So Vince and I have been discussing how we can get a babysitter/housekeeper. She'll mind the kids for a few hours or clean the house while Vince locks himself in his office and writes and I run to meetings and events. Our family's been great—we leave the kids at my mom-in-law's house sometimes—but we need a babysitter/housekeeper maybe three times a week who can come over and clean and do a few errands for us. If you know anyone who can be a stay-out yaya, please help us!
As for a full-time yaya, we don't think we can trust a stranger ever again. To our great relief, the last two yayas didn't hurt our babies. They just stole cash and gift certificates from us. Trifles. Maybe we'll wait until the kids are bigger and they can talk and fight back. And if there's one thing Vince and I are good at teaching, it's how to fight. I think we should all teach our kids how to fight fair and fight back. It's not just yayas we have to worry about. It's a bad bad world out there and sadly, we can't be there for our kids all the time.