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M2/M5 downtown bus in NYC

Received Monday, November 13, 2006
Friday, November 10, about 5:15 p.m., heading downtown on an M2 or M5 going down Fifth Avenue in NYC: I was on my way home from work when I saw two babysitters, with three kids total. One babysitter was a young blonde, wearing an infant in a Baby Bjorn. The other babysitter -- the one I was really impressed by -- was a young woman, around mid-20s, fair skin, long dark brown hair, heavily lined eyes. She was in charge of two blonde girls: Caroline, around 3, bob with bangs, dressed in pink; and Amelia, around 4 or 5, french braid(s) with bangs, red toggle coat. The babysitter was so natural and warm and loving with the two girls, and girls were obviously very comfortable with her. The babysitter pointed out things of interest, got them better seats so that they could see out the window, made sure they were safe, comfortable and not too bored. At one point she took a cell phone call from the mother (Gwyneth?), explaining where they were at the moment and apologizing for not being able to babysit later that evening. The babysitter's manner was so wonderful that I was actually considering approaching her and telling her how great I thought she was with the girls. She seemed almost like a member of the family. If this is your babysitter, please rest assured that your daughters are under very capable, loving care. May we all be so fortunate!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why would a nanny be on the bus? My children would never be on a bus!

Anonymous said...

Snob ^

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? Do you have any idea how many people in NYC don't have a car, never use a car, don't even have a license, rarely use taxis, etc.? Buses and subways are the way to go. My sister and her husband live in Manhattan, both work and pinch their pennies. When their sitters or relatives babysit my nephew they take public transport to get around. "Why would a nanny be on the bus?" Are you that sheltered and ignorant? Rich people aren't the only ones who use nannies. Most families today don't have a limo to schlepp their kids around. And really dense, urban areas are not a place to own a car. Got it?

Anonymous said...

uh, don't you get it?
The babysitter wrote this about herself!
So obvious.

Anonymous said...

^^^Yeah, because there is no way possible that there actually is a good loving nanny somewhere in NY-right? people are unbelievable around here sometimes.

Anonymous said...

I agree.. I think the sitter wrote it herself. How else would she know the name of the mom.. did the sitter say "oh hello GWYNETH" from across the bus? Doubtful!

Anonymous said...

oh,can u see the parents treat her like one of them.so there for she have to treat the children like she is being treated is not like when they hire a black nanny the treatment is not the same.
so please get it straight!

Anonymous said...

my nanny took the bus with my child all the time. she didn't drive. my nanny was also amazing, much like what was posted here, and if she hadn't given up nannying I could easily write just as wonderful things about her. Having the new nanny to compare her to makes her all the better.

many nannies are great. this site is great to publish the good and the bad.

Anonymous said...

^^Yes again-it must be the babysitter writing this because it's not like the nanny would have been calling the mom by name and it's not like you can hear anyone else's conversations on buses. Can you see my eyes rolling from here?

Anonymous said...

Assuming it is the nanny writing this herself, two thoughts come to mind. One is-if anyone would know it will be the mother. (And then what is she going to think of her sneaky nanny). And two, but it's a family of public transportation people. Bus people. Now that's funny.

Anonymous said...

Hi -- I am the original poster and I am most certainly not the babysitter. I am a mother of an 18-month-old and I appreciate a wonderful caretaker when I see one. I heard the babysitter talking on the phone because I was sitting about five feet from her and she had a very loud voice. And from the way she was filling the mother in on the phone, it sounded like they were on the bus (like thousands of New Yorkers every day!) running a family errand. I posted my sighting because I was hoping the mother/father would see the listing, recognize their babysitter, and feel really good about the fact that their kids are being well taken care of. I am sorry and a bit dismayed that it was interepreted any other way.

Jennifer said...

To the original poster - I think your posting was a wonderful gesture and I hope the parents do read it.

Unfortunately, it seems that this blog attracts a strangely troubling group of readers who don't appreciate how this site can actually benefit parents, nannies and children. I believe that their comments are intended to undermine the better intentions of many of the posters, not to offer constructive advice or to engage in a meaningful dialogue about what constitutes good or bad childcare.

I don't think the few flamers on the site represent the majority, they just seem to have the most time and energy to spread their negativity.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how many free metrocards are given to New York city schools every year? Why would it not be a nanny? Most of the time especially if it is raining, it is the only way to get around the city. And for the person that wrote that comment, nannies also go on the subway too.....live and learn!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

This all would be funny if it were not so pathetic. I used to be a nanny in Manhattan and yes I used to take the bus with two of my three charges. And yes their Mom would call me on the phone and yes I would address her by saying "Hi Jodi". Why do you think that a commuter cannnot and would not compliment a good nanny. They do have them around. Your cell phone may be different but mine tells me who is calling and so I don't have to play a guessing game. Get a hold of yourself and lighten up.

Anonymous said...

In response to the above snarky responses: I am a nanny who addresses her employer by her first name. I also take my charges back and forth to their top tier private school in Manhattan by bus, for which they have student mtrocards. And by the way, my work family is very wealthy.

Anonymous said...

I can only laugh at how many people responded to someone saying "something good" about another person. What has this world come to? It's just hard to believe there are good nannies out there right? I guess those parents that use us are just mean to let us be around their children then right?

On another note... there sure was A LOT of detail descriptions on that blog... just a thought...

Anonymous said...

Another NYC nanny here who uses the bus daily with her charges......

Anonymous said...

Our Nanny calls my wife by her first name. I cannot believe that some of you are so very cynical. The description by the poster was obviously third person. Who writes a post about themselves describing the fact they are sorry they cannot baby-sit that evening? Just enjoy the fact that there are good nannies out there, and that someone was kind enough to post about it.

Tate said...

if your nanny doesn't call you by your first name, you are a pretensious snob with too much to prove.

Anonymous said...

" They treat the nannie like one of them, its not like when they hire a black nanny the treatment is not the same"

Ok....... I am totally surprised that I am the only one to comment on this statement. Which leaves me to believe that half of you on here agree with what she said. First of all I am a Professional BLACK nanny making $40,000 a year working in Philadelphia for a prominent white family that treats me with kindness and respect. I am not looking to be treated like family as I already have my own. I provide superior care for their children and they love me for that and that alone........ As I don't think my color has much to do with it. I just find it rather sad that some families may operate like the lady stated in the above post. I must say that I personally have not encountered this but then again...... Who knows? Altouhg, I hope that when a family hires a nanny they make her feel comfortable and treat her with respect and like "one of them" regardless of race and or religion.

Anonymous said...

That comment wasn't worth responding to. It was double dipped in ignorance and written by someone who lacked any intelligence.
Good for you and your 40K. But that is low. I make upwards of 60 as do most of my friends. If you are a professional nanny in New York, you can make any amount of money you want. Many families have means and many of these wonderful families put their #1 priority on their children.

Anonymous said...

Some of the sightings in here seem to be valid and need to be seen as warnings. But then again sightings like this one concerning the turkey, its like people are seeing what they want to see.
First of all it is none of your business, what if she was comeing back to take it back for her employer. You just don't know. But you saw something and qucikly came to your own assumption.
Its sad cause your already judged and condemned her

Anonymous said...

wrong comment for wrong sighting......sorry

Please do not crucify me