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I WFH and I can hear when someone flushes the toilet or when the water is running and I know my nanny doesn’t always wash her hands after using the bathroom. How do I address this without seeming nuts

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Oh noooo. I am not a huge germaphobe (let toddlers eat dropped snacks off of the less-than-pristine floor, etc.) but handwashing is so important. I’m usually not passive about things, but in this situation you need to separate knowing the hand-washing behavior from seemingly knowing their bathroom behavior. Any chance you could say something like “Oh, my sister/brother/sibling-in-law got this crazy staph infection from not washing their hands, the doctor thought it might have been from a diaper!” and seeing if that works?

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Oh that’s a great idea!!!

Tell her to wash her gd hands 😬

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LOL - I appreciate it feels weird to imply you are “eavesdropping” but a couple options I’ve used in past similar situations based on your relationship and comfort level with nanny. 1) direct approach - “hey - because our walls are so thin I couldn’t help but notice that I don’t hear the sink going so wanted to confirm you are consistently doing a full hand wash for your sake and ours given todays world with viruses”. 2) Sidewinder approach if kids are hand washing age)- “hey - I’m super focused on the kids learning good hand washing and hygiene behaviors so can you help me coach them and be a super role model to consistently wash hands after using the bathroom, before eating, etc? “. 3) passive throw someone else under the bus approach - “Can you believe I saw _____ the other day not washing their hands after using the bathroom - isn’t that scary?! Think of the danger and germs that can spread!!! “.

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Love number 2!

Are you sure she isn’t just turning on the faucet real low as not to waste water? Otherwise hang up one of those signs you see in doctor’s offices about washing hands.

Haha 😆 yes I’m sure

Oh, we’re supposed to do that evvvverytime? :)

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