In a counter lawsuit filed by a second nanny in the Rob Lowe saga, Lowe's wife was accused of some questionable behavior.
"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:
- Parents' and babysitters' private body parts should be appropriately covered at all times when they are around one another.
- 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.
- 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."
- Parents and babysitters should talk regularly to make sure that everyone is feeling comfortable, safe, and respected within the relationship.
- 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!"