Received Thursday, October 5, 2006
I have to say that I love this website and I agree with the professional nanny stipulation. What you see demonstrated here is are "sitters" at best. I don't have a specific horror story, but on a daily basis I see uneducated, bored, immigrants in proximity to the child they are in charge with. (There is so little interaction). I ask you, have none of you seen Mary Poppins or the Sound of Music? It isn't supposed to be like this! I don't care how shiny your silver is, she is not a nanny. An immigrant who does not speak English is NOT a nanny.
I live in the Sugarland area and have a part time sitter (an education major). She helps in the afternoons with the driving and homework and I have three children. We pay her what she is worth. Which is a lot, my children's ability to participate in activities is somewhat dependent on her. I am shocked at a new trend I am observing. Stay at home mothers are bringing in sitters that barely speak English so that they can have twelve hours of coverage. These are stay at home mothers. They don't need twelve hours of coverage. But since they seem to require nothing of their sitter, she works for surreal low pay. Some of these mothers start out having her do housekeeping and watching the children while they run errands. Then these mother's grow comfortable with their detached parenting and end up handing over the complete raising of their children to these women. What do these women do all day?
How many corrections does one need to make to a breast augmentation? How much restlyn can you plump your lips with? I play tennis, I get botox, I golf in good weather and tea by the fire in inclement weather. But when my children come home, I am either there to greet them or out with another of them. The saddest part of this is not that these children realize their mother would rather do absolutely anything so long as she doesn't have to be in their company, but that the person she has now left her child with is little more than a lowly domestic. A nanny is like a doctor, in that you ought to FIND A REAL one. The good news for me is my children are going to have zero competitions when it comes to getting in to the best schools.