Parents have been known to demand a lot from their child care providers, but not many require full costume at all times.
As Mamamia reports, a couple from Hertfordshire, England, is looking for a nanny who is willing to look after their twin 5-year-old girls four days a week. The part-time job pays about $52,000 a year and includes holidays and sick days.
There’s just one catch. The nanny has to carry out her duties while dressed and in character as a Disney princess.
As the mom wrote in an advertisement on a U.K. child care website, “We want to hire someone to look after our children whilst in character as a different Disney princess every month, such as Princess Anna, Moana, Rapunzel and Princess Merida.”
Why do they want different Disney princesses to take care of their daughters? As the mom went on to explain, their daughters are fans. But they also think this is a good way to teach the girls about the right values:
Like most 5-year-olds, our girls are obsessed with Disney and we feel this would be the best way to communicate some important values. We know this isn’t a normal request for nannies, however we think it would be a great way to teach our girls about things like determination, compassion, fearlessness and ambition from strong yet relatable female role models like Princess Tiana, Princess Anna, Belle and Cinderella.
The nanny in question would have to pick up the girls after school, cook dinner, and put them to bed if the parents aren’t home from work yet. She would also have to arrange “Disney-related activities,” such as singing, baking, and crafts. And she would need to bring a little magic to the whole thing:
We are looking for someone who can commit to a character and create a really fun atmosphere in our home, but also won’t be afraid to be a disciplinarian if the twins are naughty or act out – they can be little terrors at times! The right person will have a real creative flare as well as a passion for all things Disney and will be able to share that love of those characters with our girls.
Understandably, the parents think it would be best to start with a trial period first. And they will cover the cost of the princess costumes.
So is this demand a bit too much to ask from a nanny? On the internet, commenters were divided. Some, especially the Disney fans, found the idea to be a fun one.
Others thought it reeked of privilege and set a bad example for the children.
The mom is aware that her request is an unusual one. She concluded, “We know this isn’t exactly a normal job offer, but we think it’s a great opportunity for someone to get really creative and add a little magic to our girl’s lives!”