In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson reports on the economics of nannies — including those who make more than $100,000 a year working for wealthy families.
Is a six-figure nanny better than a nanny who makes a more ordinary wage? Not necessarily.
But paying that kind of money does mean that families can demand essentially all of a nanny's time. And it means parents can find nannies with some unusual skills.
We spoke with Seth Norman Greenberg of Pavillion Agency, which specializes in recruiting nannies for wealthy families. He listed some special skills his clients have requested in their nannies. Here are seven:
1. The Gretzky: Teach the children ice hockey and drive a Zamboni around a private ice rink
2. The Gunslinger: Fire a gun into the air to scare off bears from a country estate
3. The Skipper: Ferry passengers to a private island on a 32-foot long motorboat
4. The Laundress: Wash and press up to fifty sheets and tablecloths a day
5. The Curator: Manage an art collection in the house and across various museums and galleries
6. The Accountant: Work with bankers and brokers to give employer a "Reader's Digest" summary of financial statements.
7. The Gourmet Chef: Prepare a four-course, gourmet meal
Here's the full column; here are Davidson's previous columns from the Magazine.