Nannies, Would You Work for a Gay or Lesbian Parents?

Non-Traditional Families are the Norm in a Modern World

This weekend New York became the largest state to legalize gay marriage. Click here to read about the road to marriage equality.

If you think you don’t know any LGBT parents (LGBT parenting refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people parenting one or more children) statistics say otherwise — and you probably do.

According to the Child Welfare League of America up to 9 million American children have same-sex parents.

Have you worked for LGBT parents? Would you feel comfortable working for LGBT parents?

Comments

  1. Absolutely if I liked the parents. Doesn't matter to me if they are straight or gay, single or divorced, blended family or traditional as long as the parents and I agree on child rearing and they treat me well.

  2. Not a problem for me at all

  3. I was asked my my former family if I knew of any nannies for their friends – who were a gay male couple. I knew of a few- and asked- and two said they did not feel comfortable- this was back 10 years ago. I was thinking if I did not have a job- would I take a job like that? 10 years ago- most likely not…but today- I've come a long way..and feel more secure and confident being a nanny- so I think I'd do a better job now- if someone had a rude comment.

  4. I'm not sure, i would have to meet them first like with any job. I know it must be even harder for such parents to find sitters + nannies due to prejudice, which is so stupid.

  5. Where i live there aren't any gay or lesbian couples. I would feel bad for children in my area who had gay parents simply because it would be a big deal here. I don't know if they would be bullied but people would definitely talk.

  6. Have you ever worked for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) parents? If not, would you work for LGBT parents?Alyssa: if they'd have me!Debbie: yes! There are so many other issues much more important like their style of discipline and how much they will pay me! Sarah: If they have kids and we all communicate great. Parents are parents Victoria: I have solicited several gay couples for childcare work. If hired, I'd be as delighted to care take their children as I am for heterosexual couples. Stacie: absolutely Lisa: Yes, I worked for a dad (he didn't have a partner at the time, it had just ended before I started) who had adopted his children from overseas. Jem:Yes, I've provided caregiving to the children of two separate same-gender families. I'm still friendly w both families 5 and 7 years laterShelby: I interviwed with one couple. One dad was a stay at home dad, the other worked. They were going to pay me a ton of money to watch their twins, but they seemed so disinterested in actually seeing their kids, (stay at home dad with a 50 hr a …week nanny, and a full time weekend nanny!) That I knew it wasn't a good fit for me. I know it has nothing to do with them being gay really, but that's been my experience. They spent so much money to get these babies you would think they would want to spend time with them!Kathie:I agree with those who say parenting style,compatability,and compensation are more important then sexual orientation. We teach the children we care for to not discriminate so I guess we shouldn't either.

  7. Sure I would!

  8. I work for a homosexual family in Baltimore County and although it is a unique situation with two moms, I try not to put too much emphasis on the fact that the child I care for has no father figure. Sadly, the child is sometimes bullied at school for this, which makes me angry. The child is smart, loving and acts normal to me as any child from a heterosexual family would act. The new trend (or so it appears in my opinion) is more and more people today are choosing to be gay and are choosing to adopt a child (or children). I think the best we can do (nannies and people in the general community) is treat each other the same, even if situations are a bit awkward or something we are not used to. This is all new to me so I'm trying to just be positive and optimistic, while doing my job as a nanny.

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