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In a counter lawsuit filed by a second nanny in the Rob Lowe saga, Lowe's wife was accused of some questionable behavior.

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The nanny, Laura Boyce, said that Sheryl Lowe walked around naked, asked personal questions about her sex life and talked about Rob's rings (and not the ones you wear on your hand).

We asked momlogic contributer Donna Holloran, MSW and owner of Babygroup, Inc., for some appropriate babysitter boundaries. 

"When practically living in someone else's home for extended days, sometimes even weeks at a time, boundaries are very hard to establish for both the family and the babysitter," Holloran says.

 Five rules for both sides to follow to create a respectful model for the children:

  1. Parents' and babysitters' private body parts should be appropriately covered at all times when they are around one another.
  2. Parents should never make inappropriate sexual gestures and/or sexual comments to each other, or about one another in front of the babysitter ... same goes for the babysitter.
  3. Parents and babysitters should use appropriate manners such as knocking on a closed door, saying such things as "excuse me," "please," "thank you," and "I'm sorry."
  4. Parents and babysitters should talk regularly to make sure that everyone is feeling comfortable, safe, and respected within the relationship.
  5. Finally, parents and babysitters should remember that this is a professional relationship, despite it being one that takes place in the privacy of the parent's home.  And ... the children are watching!"


3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Virgi Henders May 3, 2008, 10:20 PM

Good advice!

Stephen May 4, 2008, 6:15 PM

The rules are obviously a reaction to the Mrs. Lowe incident. But to step beyond that I’d like to also comment on the “professionalism” of the relationship with regards to religion. Religion is equally taboo in the workplace nowadays. So is this to say that the homeowner is also responsible to not offend their “employee” with religious artifacts in the house? Are they to keep “Praise the Lord” off the tongue and take the Bible off the coffeetable for the sake of not offending a babysitter as well? How much of a “this-is-my-home” do you have to change into a non-offensive workplace?


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