04 March, 2015

Peter Green Park in Huntington Beach, CA

Tuesday 3:00/3:30
Nanny: older, sixties, wearing grey skirt, white tennis shoes, green sweater, grey hair
Child: Max, age approx 3. Short light brown hair, wearing sweatpants suit with yellow dump truck on black hoodie.
Location: Peter Green Park
Situation: This nanny is too old to be in charge of Max. Maybe she was Max's baby nurse. I am sure she was great with him, but she cannot keep up with this kid. He found himself in dangerous situations, he takes risks and she cannot move quick enough. He ran from her atleast five times, no doubt sensing her weakness. He got into the parking lot three times and once made it to a patch of grass between the parking lot and SeaGate Drive before a guy parking his car stopped him from going into the street. You're going to need to decide if this nanny is going to work for your family,but she cannot, and I repeat, cannot take your child to parks like this one where he cannot be contained. And just to be clear, she was the nanny and she really tried.

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03 March, 2015

Need Guidance for Delicate Situation in NYC

Hello ISYN. I am a 24 year old English Nanny working for my third nanny family in four years. I am new to this position. Something has come up that has never come up before and I have addressed it with the parents, but I am not satisfied with the resolution. I take care of two school aged boys, close in age, 7 & 9. The younger of the two is, for lack of better words, physically violent. When he does not get his way, he will kick his brother, hit his brother, throw things, punch the wall, etc. He has not ever hit me as yet. The older brother is very shy and stays away from his younger brother as much as possible. This alone, is sad to me. When I mentioned specific situations to the parents, they said, "that is how X is, he'll grow out of it" and "I hope you let him know how unacceptable that behavior was". I have been here less than six weeks and I think that this might be why the parents have went through a quick secession of nannies. I am also concerned that the child could hurt his brother, himself or another child while in my care and I could be held responsible.  We've yet to go to the park or anywhere outside of the home, walk to school but I am not looking forward to this. The boys has never hit me but he has told me things such as, "I will kill you" and "cut your head off and bury it." His behavior is generally very normal, except when it comes time for me to limit set, end play, homework time, or the like. I am not comfortable with this for a number of reasons. Has anyone experiences anything such as this?  (edited JP)

Overtime Dilemma...

Hi. I was wondering if you could help me with a situation. I accepted a position in Connecticut in November of last year. I net $990 per week, plus I have many perks including a health club membership, full use of a vehicle and I will have health insurance in April. All of this was agreed to in the beginning. I was also going to work as a live-in nanny, although the family had never had a live-in nanny. While we were working out the kinks of the living situation, largely converting a common area in their finished basement in to what they thought would be a nanny suite, I could tell they were not comfortable relinquishing the space, especially as it leads out to the pool area. The walk out basement has two full bathrooms and a full kitchen which I was told I could use as I wanted because they didn't really use it. This seemed fine on my end. Then, the Mr. of the house asked to speak to me and suggested that he didn't think that as the seasons changed that I would be comfortable with the accommodations because there was a lot of company and traffic. He told me in no certain terms that he was impressed with my performance and wanted to work out something mutually satisfactory. I hope this isn't too long, I am trying to give background for the tone of things, so you can understand my hesitancy. I told him I could check out apartments and found an apartment in Bridgeport that would suit me and rented for $1200 per month for a studio. We exchanged emails over this. He wrote back, "I like that idea, but Bridgeport is too far, can you look at areas closer, maybe even in town?" I did that. I found a handful of places and shared them with him via email with their rental listing. He wrote me back and asked, "Of the two in ---, which do you prefer?". I wrote back and said, "either looks nice to me". (At this point, we haven't discussed anything about the costs.) One of the places was a one bedroom and one of them was a two bedroom small house.  I didn't hear back from him by email that day, but when he came home, he said he had rented the 2 bedroom house with a one year lease and that it was located .9 miles from his house. At this point, I am holding my breath, because I still don't know the financials.  He asked me, and when I say asked me, it is important to convey that he said, "come, have a seat" in a really nice way. He said, "we hired you as a live in, you're from the city. My thinking is that it would be advantageous to you too to have your own place, but I understand that isn't what you signed up for." All nice, right? He then said, "we are going to cover the rent for one year or for as long as you are employed with us, up to a year and then revisit the situation." He then broke it down for me that the rent was $2050 per month, and that nothing was included in that rate, not garbage or water or cable or power or anything. He asked me if I would be willing to take on those expenses myself. Of course, I said yes.  By January, I had moved in to the house. They had offered to get someone to help me, but I did it myself, using their vehicle. His wife gave me the furniture out of the room that was converted to a guest room for me, so I had a television, desk, two sitting chairs and a full sized bed, dresser and nightstand. I was really happy with the arrangement. When I shared the news with my friends and family, they were like, "no way". Some did  the math for me on what I was now "netting" figuring in the housing.  January went fine. I think as a nanny, they are very lucky to have me. When I chose this job, I had my pick of two others. In February, I started to see a problem emerge. My hours were to end at 630 each night, but I never seemed to be done by 630. In fact, as we got further and further in to February, I was working until 8. One day, last week, the mother came home at 7 and told me she had plans to run out for dinner and thanked me for getting the kids in bed. She assured me "Mr." would be home by 8. "Mr." came home at 930. I was sitting in the living room reading a magazine. He said he was surprised I was still here. So here is my problem. Yesterday, Mrs. came home and (very pleasantly said) "I'm home, but not really, we have a mess going on, I need to go up to my office, are you good?" I said "sure". She came down at 730. She looked exhausted. She thanked me and said good night. So, no one has been unkind or rude to me, but I find myself in a position where I am now working atleast 10 hours extra per week. There has been no reference to overtime by them and I would feel uncomfortable mentioning it. I haven't been able to make plans during the week at all. My feelings on this is that I should suck it up because I do have a sweet gig with great money and my weekends are still free and clear. My only hesitation is the lack of conversation about the change. Would they conceivably ask me for weekends too? Am I in a position to limit set? I can think of a handful of nannies who would snatch this job up from me as is, even if the hours were until 8PM every night.  I just want to mention that there are three children and two of them are under 4, so the days are very busy and exhausting. I am interested in what employers and employees think of the set up?
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02 March, 2015

Kid's Funstop in Roxbury, MA

I just wanted to tell the employer of Amelia the nanny that her nanny is doing great work. I saw her out with two children, between 3 & 4, twinns, aleast one of them was special needs.  The nanny kept setting the kids up for success climbing, exploring, but staying near enough them to quickly help them when they had a problem. One of the children, a boy with dark hair and dark eyes in striped overalls and a turtleneck was easily frustrated and prone to tantrums. She met each tantrum with grace and redirected him. I didn't take a picture because I wasn't thinking of "submitting" this. When I drove off, the nanny was coming down the steps, carrying both children, one on each hip. One child was crying, one was not and the nanny had on the same calm expression. I decided to submit this because from the looks of it, the children may require some extra attention. It makes me happy to see a children's needs being met without anger or impatience, so kudos to you on your nanny. The nanny was named Amelia because another mother/nanny greeted her by name. The nanny was a black, American woman, about 25, medium height, heavy set, wearing Levi jeans, black converse and a knee length sweater coat, I was at Kid's Fun Stop this morning from 930-10:45 and she was there at about the same time.
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First World Problems

Any other mothers ever feel like having a great nanny makes you the object of scorn and backtalk? Huge house, gorgeous husband, five figure job, is it me..or is nothing worse in the eyes of another mother, working or stay at home, as a mother with a great nanny? My nanny and I have a mutually respectful relationship. When she is with my children, my children are just as well taken care of as when they are in my care. Instead of this making me the target of your wraths, why not celebrate that when it works, it really works. I understand envy, but I don't understand the level of envy and anger directed at me because of my set-up. I think what I feel is equally felt by my nanny who doesn't seem to have connected with any moms or nannies, despite being absolutely wonderful.
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01 March, 2015

Earn Money Now!

Elimination Communication/Potty Training (West Village)....
Expert elimination communication/potty training available for children from 8 months & up. Easy to follow instructions for parents and/or their nanny to practice during the hours I am not there. Most people think 8 months is too young. Recent client hired me to train her 8 month old twins. Both learned what to do in 2 days - not the norm but they did it and continue to use their potty seats.

Athletic Female Wanted 95-105 lb....
Seeking athletic, lean, flexible female with realistic expectations for 1 hour work out sessions approximately once a week through the winter. The upper east side of Manhattan should be a short easy commute as sessions are scheduled sometimes on short notice when convenient for both parties. One hour sessions involve you being lifted and supported in various ways including overhead similar to adage/tandem surfing. This is not a modeling gig and no photography is involved.

Hi! IN NEED of a Girl Scout friend! Will pay $150.....
My name is tawny and I'm a huge hello kitty fan. Japanese American national museum is hosting hello kitty events throughout this year to honor their hello kitty exhibition, I have attended all that I can but unfortunately my age limits me from one. I used to be a Girl Scout and because am such a big hello kitty fan and collector, I'm dying to get this patch they are giving out for their hello kitty Girl Scout event. I will pay for the Girl Scout to attend the event which gets her the patch, and I will pay for your gas and time as well as lunch plus a gift for her. I just need her to give me the patch she gets.

Asian Diet Breast Milk Wanted (Sacramento)
I will pay $100 cash per week for fresh breastmilk (not frozen), 40 Ounces per week. I can pick up at any location. I prefer a healthy mother who is currently breast feeding to be of Asian descent due to diet and health reasons. Must be non drinker, non smoker, no drug use and disease free. This is for my own consumption and HEALTH BENEFITS. I had a previous arrangement with a local mom for over 2 years, but they moved away from the Sacramento area. I'm willing to drive out of town if need be, but closer to Sacramento the better.

trade hair for math tutor (sb)
Math is my last class for an AA and I do not have a budget for a tutor . I wanted to see if anyone would be interested in trading hair services for a couple hours a week of math tutoring(intermediate algebra). I am licensed and currently do hair.Please respond if you are interested!

Houseboy wanted (Eastern & Flamingo)
Live-In "Houseboy" for house cleaning , yard work and pool upkeep must be organized, we are not. Private bedroom of your own. For 2 older gay men, Your own bedroom for housekeeping work in a single family home with pool on golf course. we also do kitchen and bath renovations and will occasionally need a strong helper for heavy lifting for additional pay. WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP AN ALL GAY HOUSEHOLD, THIS IS A MUST!!!

live in nanny
Seeking live in nanny Live scanned, background check, finger printed. Five days out of the week with weekends off. Please be prepared to be committed to job. Any outside interferences are aside. If you are mature and ready for live inn nanny position Please respond to this ad immediately. We are offering private room , mountain views, Private bath, marble counter tops bells and whistles, Backyard swimming pool, jacuzzi for summer time With fresh salt water and grassy hills

Live in Lakewood? Make a quick $25 (Lakewood)
Need some help from a local Lakewood resident with a home or apartment address in 90712 area. I'm not locally located but I do business in the area and it would help me to have a Google verified address in that area. I will pay you $25 if you allow me to register my Google business account to your house or apartment. When you receive a piece of mail from google and tell me the pin on it, I will give you $25 via paypal.

Need to Fix my Refrigerator - it does not produce Cold....

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27 February, 2015

Hiring My First Nanny

Hello. I am hiring my first full time nanny and I want for it to be mutually beneficial. I am not working with an agency. I wanted to know what you, this audience thought of what I am willing to pay and what I expect:
Hours: 7AM-6PM M-TH, Friday, 8AM-8PM, without exception.
Holidays:I will provide a calendar of days off that are offered, but we are looking at only five paid holidays per year.
Live in or live out: Nanny can live in or out, or stay over when convenient due to weather. We have a beautiful guestroom in our finished, expansive basement that could be hers and hers alone. It has a full bathroom with shower that is private.
Responsibilities:
Prepare breakfast and lunches for 3 year old and 7 year old. The 7 year old takes her lunch. Lunches need to be made with care and attention and reflect healthy choices and creativity. We do not used processed foods, but cook with whole ingredients only. For example, cookies are okay, so long as they are made at home with certain flours and ingredients.
Get both children ready for the day. I leave for work any time between 7-8. I need the nanny to focus on the children during that time so I can get myself ready and out the door. The children's outfits will have been set out and pressed the night before. The nanny will help the children dress, groom themselves and clean up after themselves. The nanny will also help the children to make their beds.
Walk my 7 year old child to school. Return with the three year old and do some sort of craft activity or in appropriate weather conditions, I encourage my child to be outside at the park, etc. Lunch should be between 12-1 every day and my three year old will take a nap, not longer than one hour. I am looking for a nanny to pack a lot of learning activities into the day. My 3 year old will start a half day morning program in the Fall.
Friday-I have adjusted the day for a late start on this day. After picking up the oldest, take public transportation to a public location selected by my ex husband. There, he will usually have an early dinner, ice cream and/or do an activity with the children. You would bring the children home by 8PM on Friday and would be off at that time.
Errands: Dry cleaning, grocery shopping, bakery, deli, etc. as needed.
Expectations: When my three year old is in school in the Fall, I would hope to be able to ask you to complete additional errands, such as gift shopping for classmates, Holiday decorating, teacher's gifts, etc.  I do not expect you to work every minute that you are on the clock but hope that you would want to be a part of running an efficient household.
Housekeeping: The nanny will help the children make their beds daily. The nanny will clean up after cooking prep and after each meal. The nanny will not leave dishes in the sink or dishwasher. You are not expected to clean, but you are expected to keep the house clean. We have a housekeeper that works 20-25 hours per week. If a child smears jelly on a window, than I would expect the window be cleaned. I would not expect you to clean windows. I would not expect you to dust, but I would expect that there would be many activities that would require you to vacuum or sweep up after. I would also expect that you help to keep the children's rooms and play areas organized.
Room and Board: Given the hours you are working, you may choose to eat all of your meals at our home and within reason procure the foods you like while shopping or during errands. While we have a room available and offer it to you either as a FT or PT live in, it is important that I know your intentions. For example, if you live in but go away with a friend for the weekend, I would expect you would advise me, not to keep tabs on you but for the security of the household.
Absolutes: No smoking or drinking during work hours. No questionable music or media. Use appropriate language and manners at all times. No visitors in the home without prior consent. My children will not go into any homes or locations or ride in the vehicles of any person not known to me. I expect that you would have a cell phone and would use it appropriately. It is very important to me to hire someone who likes doing things with a 3 year old as my 3 year old loves to go to the zoo, library, playground, to paint, have play dates, etc.
Salary: $600 for the first 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, salary will go up not less than $50, dependent on performance. Future salary increases will occur every six months, but may be nominal.  I do not pay for sick days, but I will pay 1/2 week's pay every 6 months for not missing any days. In addition, I will pay one week's pay for a full year of being on time and not requiring to leave early. The paid holidays will be Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas, Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.  You will be paid  for one week's vacation in August. After one year of employment, you will be entitled to two weeks per year, so long as the time is scheduled one month in advance.
Required: American nanny, 4 years of college, 3 years plus of professional childcare or teaching experience, non smoker, physically and emotionally fit.

Thoughts? Anything I need to clarify?
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26 February, 2015

We Can't Believe You're Even Considering This...

   
 Hello fellow nannies, parents, au pairs, and readers! There has come an opportunity, my way and I am seeking advice!
      I am in my mid thirties and I have a college education from an excellent university. Pre-college, during college and after college, I have worked as a nanny. (Years of experience) For a short while, I worked in the field of study I majored in. I missed being a nanny. I absolutely love children. I'm returning back to what I truly love to do. I believe I am "worthy" as a nanny, based on what I have to offer, but not in a pompous way.
      I have come across an opportunity and need advice! Never in my experiences have I had such an opportunity with so many hours, a lot of responsibilities and this would be a live in position, which is not typical for me. I have not been a live in before.
      Okay, here is the scoop. The family lives in Baltimore Maryland. To be cared for are two newborn twins (boys), a 3 year old girl in the late afternoons and early evenings (she attends school 5 days a week), my days to work are SIX days per week, 11 hours per day. So that is 66 hours per week as a live in nanny and... housekeeper. All washing and laundry (clothing and bedding) is expected to be completed by me as well as full housekeeping (wash floors, vacuum, clean bathrooms, kitchen, empty trash) on a weekly basis. Sounds like a lot of work to me! The house is not enormous so I think I could possibly and hopefully get the twins on a sleep schedule and do cleaning/laundry then?        Or do you think this is too much and I'll wear myself out. I don't want to accept the job if I don't think I can handle it. I'm at a crossroads here! I need advice. I would have my own bedroom and bathroom on a separate level, food is provided and the weekly compensation is $300 cash, under the table. I have my own health insurance and I have my own transportation. I am American, have an excellent reputation in the area, offered to cook but the family has religious restrictions on their diet. (I'm okay with this) I'm wondering if I asked for more money and how much (?) if that would be fair. I don't want to break the bank as this is a kind family with values (hard to find in this area). Please help! Much appreciated in advance!

25 February, 2015

Financial Questions During Agency Interview

I live in MA and was recently asked by a California nanny agency, whether or not I had a trust fund. Is this illegal? It made me incredibly uncomfortable! Background: After college I did a lot of traveling, volunteer work and "fun" jobs to explore the world and gain experiences. They wanted to know how I funded all that. I guess saving and being frugal didn't occur to them?
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Sprinkles Cupcakes on Lexington in NYC

When: 2/24/2015 approx 12:15 PM
Where: Sprinkles Cupcakes on Lexington in NYC
Child: White boy with reddish/blond hair, Sweater striped with three different greens, jeans, tan and navy hiking boots on a gluten free diet. Aidan or Evan.
Nanny: Large white nanny wearing yoga pants. Yoga pants were once black, but very fades to a soft black, there was a fold down, striped waist band. The nanny had short, bobbed brown hair and looked to be in her early 20's. She had a short, faded denim jacket on too.
Tweeker: Tall ugz, fleece pants,  blue and grey NorthFace jacket, darker brown hair, stringy, very thin, looked in her 30's.
Situation: Nanny arrived with child. Nanny had an envelope clearly marked "NANNY" with money inside, so their is no question that she is the nanny and that she was using house funds for this event. Nanny ordered two cupcakes. She sat down and things seemed fine. Then about five minutes later a third person joined them. She was a little older, skinny, looked like a tweeker. I say this because she kept scratching her forearms. She asked the nanny to get her something. The nanny handed her a $20 and the tweeker went to the counter and got a cupcake and a coffee and sat back down. I noticed she didn't return the change, but that isn't the crux. The boy was obviously very verbal. He kept himself engaged with his cupcake and a tractor trailer hot-wheel car, but the nanny and her friend began having a conversation about a rape, including graphic details and while the boy did seem content where he was, he was also one foot away from their mouths. The tweeker chick had a horrible vocabulary and not the best grasp of grammar either. Then when talk of the rape was finally over the tweeker was talking about needing a place to stay and the two of them concocted a plan of how she (your nanny) was going to sneak the tweeker in in the evenings to sleep there. They went over how they would work it. This is obviously not my business, but this is a character you don't want meeting up for cupcakes with your child and you certainly don't want SNUCK IN YOUR HOME!
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24 February, 2015

Am I allowed to quit early?

     I moved from Denver to an affluent area of Connecticut about a year and a half ago.
     I interviewed for several jobs first - ideally for a position in NYC - but found a job caring for two teenagers who live with their single father. It was the perfect job as I'm great with teens and I have a passion for cooking that I could express by cooking all their meals. I also teach yoga and I would have the flexibility to teach while the kids were at school. The father asked my to agree to stay with them for two years and I agreed. The microcosm within their home was wonderful. I love the kids, I feel respected and I do my job well. Although the first winter I was there I fell into a deep depression. I am a free-spirited hippy-dippy kind of girl trapped in a mansion with very uppity, older population. If I had known that the area was like that when I was offered the job I would have kept looking in NYC. It took a long time to make friends. I felt incredibly isolated and I reached a point about six months in where I almost had to go. It felt unbearable for me socially and mentally I was suffering.      Right around that time of nearly breaking down I traveled to Costa Rica and met an American man who lives there. To make a long story short we have maintained a long distance relationship for the last 8 months and we are ready to start a life together. I have stuck it out this long because I am paying off my student loans. I just got offered a position in CR that I cannot say no to. Professionally it is in alignment of what I want to do long term. The job begins 3 months short of my two year agreement. I already told my employer that I intend to move this year. I told him right away of my intentions And we agreed that I stay through the summer. With this position I would need to leave in the beginning of summer.
      My employer is a little challenging for me. He is all business and no emotion. He doesn't place himself in my shoes and try to understand the situation I'm in and really doesn't know anything about me. It's strange given that I have lived in his home for a year and a half. I'm worried about sharing the news. The kids are really attached to me. I care so much about the kids and I hate to disappoint but I need to leave earlier. There is a part of me that worries-- what if he doesn't let me go early?? Is this possible? I need to leave in 3.5 months. It took him a month to hire me after my first interview. Should I give him notice now? -KJ
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Housing Problems

Help! I cannot take this. I am a live-in nanny and have been here since January 2014. At the beginning of February, renovations started on the house. This is not a minor thing, they are adding 2,000 square feet to the house. The problem is my room is not usable at all, so I was going to take one of the children's rooms. I have been on the same floor, sharing the bathroom with a 3 year old and 6 year old boy for two weeks now and running into the father in the hallway when I need to use the facilities. The project is scheduled for completion for August 15. I can complain all I want, but there is no other place for me to stay at their house, excepting where I am. I wanted to propose to them that if they could pay a monthly train pass for me, I could commute and stay and my boyfriend's apartment, six stops away on the Metro North. As an employer, would you think this is fair? I would then be providing my own meals and showers at his place, but at the same time I know it would be a perk to stay with him, but nothing I had planned and something I would need financial assistance to cover. My employers are what people would call well off, so I don't think it is something they cannot afford. I don't want to risk our relationship, which is pleasant, but I don't think I could keep it pleasant living on the main floor of their house, down the hall from their master bedroom. What do you think?
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23 February, 2015

Cruising with Nanny?

My employers who have been struggling with finances for awhile now just announced that they are going on a cruise for Spring Break and they would like me to come. This is what they said, "we would like you to come."  I have never been on a cruise before but I get the feeling it could be stifling.  Has anyone every cruised with their employers? We would be flying to Florida and cruising from there for an 8 day cruise and then flying back. This would eat up two weekends I would normally not be working and I am guessing a lot of extra hours. For accommodations, we would have connecting rooms, both at the hotel and on-board. I am told the rooms are "favorable, with balconies and the best amenities."  It's a standard Norwegian Cruise ship, so I am curious what "favorable and best" mean. 1) Can I ask? 2) I normally work a 9 hour day. What do I charge for hours over 9? 3) What do I charge for overnights & being away from my life/friends/family? 4) What do I charge for each weekend day? My normal weekly salary is $745/cash.

The Inquisition

Hi, ISYN readers, I need some perspective please. I have worked with this family for 7 weeks. On Thursday, I was summoned into the kitchen after hours. [Let me just say I had issues with the way I was told to report to the kitchen].  I walked in the kitchen and dinner was clear and both employers were sitting in front of an empty table. They asked me to sit down. I did. Right away, the male employer said, "This is not something we're going to negotiate.". I looked perplexed. The wife looked at the husband and shushed him and said, "X said that you were on your phone driving to dance class." I let out a sigh of relief, knowing this was a misunderstanding. I assured them that never happened and I would never use my phone while driving. The child who reported this is 6 years old. The husband said, "so you won't mind us checking your phone." I was offended but knew I was in the right and also nervous, so I said, 'sure, of course' and I handed him my phone. He looked around on my phone, I'm guessing at the times text messages were sent?  I sat there for a literal five minutes and I began to get very upset. After five minutes, he passes it back to me, stands up and says, "I don't know, I see no clear evidence that you were on the phone, but if this comes up again, you're out." The wife shushed the husband and shook her head and mouthed "I'm sorry."  I worked all day Friday with no interaction. It's now Monday and I cannot stop thinking about this. I don't feel very secure in my job at all and I wonder what the next thing they are going to subject me to. Do I take the mom aside and talk to her? I really would like to get my last check on Friday and never come back.

21 February, 2015

Meet Noa Mintz, 15 year old Nanny Agency Entrepenuer

Noa Mintz, owner of Nannies by Noa
     Noa Mintz didn't particularly like her family's babysitter. “For what you’re paying, your kids should be more stimulated,” says the teen. “At 7, I would tell my mom, ‘You need to get more bang for your buck.’ It would drive me insane!” Her mother, in jest, suggested she find a better one.
     The then twelve year old did just that and soon began finding better nannies for friends and neighbors. “I found it fun to get to know a family and their needs — and find a babysitter who matched that,” she said. It was the summer of 2012, before she entered 7th grade. “I really had no expectations, but I figured I’d try,” said Mintz, who lives on the Upper West Side with her parents and three younger siblings. In the past year, her business has tripled: from 50 clients in 2013 to 190 clients today. (Read more here)

Wonder if they're still together?

     A Bridgeport, Ct. babysitter was arrested Thursday night for punching a teenaged boy he was watching, and the teen was arrested for jabbing the babysitter with a knife, police said.James Littlejohn, 26, of Fairfield Avenue, was charged with criminal attempt at second-degree assault, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and two felony counts of risk of injury to a child. He was held in lieu of a $5,000 court appearance bond.
      Sgt. Kelly Connelly said that Littlejohn was babysitting his girlfriend’s three children Thursday afternoon. But when the woman, 30, got home after work at 7 p.m. she became alarmed when she saw that her son’s right cheek had a cut on it that was beginning to bruise. Littlejohn suffered cuts to his shoulder and buttocks. Connelly said that Littlejohn, who works seasonally as a landscaper in Greenwich, explained to responding officers that he and his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son had been wrestling when the boy began to fight with him for real.
      Littlejohn said he had to punch the boy to get him to stop and that is when the youngster grabbed a knife and started to jab him with it. The boy told police the two were wrestling when Littlejohn began poking him with an auto injector that he uses for migraine headaches and began punching him in the face.The boy told police he grabbed the serrated kitchen knife to protect himself. The boy was charged with assault and released in to his mother's care.

20 February, 2015

Heartbroken Nanny No Longer a Bundle of Fun

I have a problem with my nanny and I don't think that it can be fixed. My nanny moved here from 600 miles a way and met a guy within two months. For almost a year, they have been 'hot and heavy' and everything has been great. On Valentine's Day, he didn't get her anything special, which led to a conversation which led to him telling her he didn't think the relationship is going anywhere. So, for the better part of a week, my nanny has beside herself with a broken heart. I tried to be supportive and I know this is hard, but if she isn't crying, then she is biting her lip to stop from crying. I know she is a good person, but at this point, I worry about the damage being done to my children. She clearly is not happy. I suggested that she talk to someone about her feelings, I even offered to send her to a reputable therapist and pay for it. I cannot continue with her pouting around the house. We hired her because she was upbeat and positive. How do I politely tell her to stop sulking and get back to the business of being the nanny I hired or I am going to have to replace her? I would say this in the gentlest of way.

19 February, 2015

TJ Maxx @ Columbus Square Mall

Wednesday 3/18 @ 11:10 AM- I was at TJ Maxx at Columbus Square Mall and really upset by what I saw. If someone who knows this child responds, please give them my contact information. The child was an obviously sick white boy between 2 and 3 years old, with blonde curly hair and a very red face. He was wearing a grey puffer jacket and dark colored corduroy jeans and I believe was named Ben or Benny(?). The nanny was likely Irish, stick straight strawberry blonde hair, wide face, freckles, early twenties, about 5'5" and 140Lbs. She was wearing a black ribbed turtleneck, bright blue colored jeans and a red coat open that buttoned up with a chevron patterned scarf hanging around her neck. She was clearly shopping for herself, and for some time. The child was miserable. When he grabbed for something, she was so rough with him. She pried his hands off of things with such force. She grunted his name "Benny, no, Bennnnny...." *Could have been a nickname?? Bunny? I saw her take a plastic hangar and poke it at his chest, he was wearing a thick coat, but this did make him cry. When he cried this and other she said, "stop your crying, this is going to stop now." She made no attempt to hurry up and seemed not to really care that other shoppers noticed her child's discomfort and sickness. The poor kid must have sneezed seventy times while I was there. When I left, she was still there with him, sorting through fragrances without a care in the world. The boys cry was pretty constant and it wasn't even loud most of the time, it was the cry of a sick and uncomfortable child WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN HOME IN A WARM HOUSE! I would have taken a picture but my phone was dead!
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18 February, 2015

Ash Wednesday

I am so upset. My boss come home and said I have a smudge on my face. Then I tell her what it is and she laughs a little but sees my upset and stops herself. She said she is sorry she didn't realize I was religious "like that." I am supposed to get off at 730 and I should have been done but I was in the kitchen doing the dishes and she come in and said, "how long do you have to keep that on for?" Then her husband chuckled to me. I don't like this disrespect to my religion and they seem not smart about religions to not know what the ash is about. She said to the five year old, "Maybe you should as Elisa to explain to you why she wears ashes on her face this day." I felt she was mocking me and I could not explain. I thought I would crash in to tears. I excused myself and went to my room. I am so hurt by this. I am living in their house for three months now and they treat me like they treat a silly puppy.

12 February, 2015

In too deep

     Former nanny Barbara Thayer returned to the stand Wednesday after more than four hours of testimony Tuesday. Harris, 53, of Spencer, is accused of killing his wife Michele in Sept. 2001. Her body has never been found.
      Barbara Thayer remembers Michele Harris as a mother who enjoyed spending time with her four children, and a baker who made the world's best chocolate chip cookies. Thayer, of Spencer, babysat Cal and Michele Harris' children for several hours a day, helped out around the family's Tioga County home, and joined them on two trips to Cape Cod.
     Thayer testified Tuesday that while one of the children was crying and said she missed her mother. Cal Harris told the child to "stop your sniveling, your mom's gone now — get over it." Defense Attorney Barket claimed Thayer took things out of the Harris home without telling Cal and gave it to police - like a tape recording. He accused Thayer of not caring about Cal and the four children, and just caring about helping the police.
 Read More: THE CAL HARRIS TRIAL