As a (just barely) part of the millennial generation, I am well aware that the days of having a consistent 9-5 office job that pays the bills are gone. Most of my peers, at one time or another, have had a combination of full-time and part-time jobs, side gigs and MLM schemes, and everything in between to make ends meet.
If nothing else, we are a creative generation that thrives in a dynamic workplace.
That’s why, when I heard about this incredibly unique job description, I didn’t even bat an eye.
The mother, who made the listing anonymously on a UK-based childcare website seeking help with their five-year-old twin girls, included the following description.
I have a slightly unusual request that I’m hoping someone will be able to help me with!
Myself and my husband are looking for a part-time nanny to care for our twin girls during the week, but 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.
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.
I’ve got to say, the fact that she acknowledges that her request is “unusual” in the first sentence of the ad made me feel a little better about it all.
What the couple is asking for is that a woman be willing to dress in full princess garb, act the part, pick the kids up at school in their attire, plan Disney-related activities, cook dinner, put the kids to bed, and be available during emergencies. How they sweeten the deal? They are offering the equivalent of nearly a $53,000 salary for the part-time position, sick days, bank holidays off, 25 vacation days, plus the expense of the various costumes.
Does that sound appealing to anyone else but me?
As always, sentiments on the internet are mixed.
“OMG imagine what entitled brats u would have to put up w if this is their demand. NO thanks!”
One comment I found interesting, though, was this one: “Imagine being disciplined by your favorite Disney princess 🤔 seems to have the potential to ruin their love of Disney princesses by negative association”
I’ve never thought of princess Ariel being a disciplinarian before, have you?
However, one woman commented that the posting seemed like her dream job, saying, “I should apply! It’s my dream job! I would actually be living in a musical and could sing the whole time… something my current workplace doesn’t appreciate.”
I definitely know women who would thrive in this type of position- I’m thinking of my theater friends, or friends who have great imaginations and would love to play dress up all day. For a real living wage with the benefits of a full-time job, I’m sure this family will have no problem snatching up a Disney princess of their own!
Rachel is a wife and mother living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s a fan of good coffee, wearer of gray t-shirts, and is constantly starting books she will never finish. Her family is her joy, and she loves to engage with other moms and dads on matters of parenting. Her blog posts have also been featured on the Today Show Parenting Blog and Scary Mommy.