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Granite Club Addict in Toronto, Canada

Received Thursday, April 19, 2007
You or your nanny bring your daughter Monday thru Friday to the Granite Club. SHE IS MISERABLE!!! Has it ever occurred to you, that instead of rushing your daughter to programs right after school she might just want to have some down time? Children need a break too! You and your nanny must be tired of rushing right after school to make sure she gets to her programs on time! I'm sure she would love it if your nanny took her to the park and just let her BE A CHILD without having to rush to skating, tennis, etc. I know you or your nanny are there every day because when I'm not I have friends that tell me your child is!! Perhaps this is why your child throws tantrums and has such a look on her face? Let your child BE A CHILD! There is nothing wrong with having your kids in programs but when you OVER PROGRAM them then it becomes a problem. I know none of the "Granite Moms" will you see you at the park everyday but it would definitely make some of US happy to see your daughter HAPPY, don't try to impress us-impress your daughter-LET HER HAVE FUN!!-Toronto Mama

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, doc:

How do you know that she wouldn't throw tantrums and have "such a look on her face" at the park too?

Anonymous said...

why is this on here? It has nothing to do with a nanny sighting.

Anonymous said...

MYO effing B!

ro said...

Dude, maybe it is just Canada acclimating to the board? A nanny didn't like seeing two bad nanny posts out of the gate and so she expressed herself? So??

Anyone can express themselves.
Read my delicious piece in the perspective & opinion section here on ISYN.

Lorenza said...

She's saying the little girl doesn't like the Granite club, whatever that is. Doesn't sound like much fun. Too many parents try to push activities on their kids that they simply don't care about.

Jesse said...

Exactly Lorenza, maybe the parents should try going straight from work to 'programs' monday thru friday. I'm sure they would not find it easy. Adults, children we all need down time. Parents need to relax, like Toronto Mama said have your nanny take your daughter to the park.

Mika said...

3:50 well it does mention seeing the nanny at the club as well so in a round about sort of way it does have to do with the nanny and the mom and the fact that something isn't being done to make this child happy

Anonymous said...

I wholeheartedly agree with the OP. It is heartbreaking to see kids rushed from one thing to another, after six plus hours in school. My last nanny position was like that. We rarely had time for homework, and no time for fun! The parents thought that since all the activities were in essence "good" activities (karate, church clubs, baseball) that heaping on two things every night would be fine... It was not. That was a big reason I'm not there anymore. Please, please, listen to your children and let them be kids!

Anonymous said...

yes like 10:08 i left my last employer for same reason all we did was rush to this place and that never anytime to just go home and maybe play board game or in the park the kids were always anxious and i was always anxious to make sure we get to all the places on time that is not a fun way to be especially for kids i dont know what the parents think sometimes

Anonymous said...

I agree have mountins of acitivties isn't good for your kids they get stressed out and have no time to play. It's fine if they have one activity that's fine. And never force a child to continue an activity they don't want to do.

Anonymous said...

Too many parents living vicariously through their children.

sprak said...

It's sad but true, just go to a Little League game and see how many kids there look so unhappy and miserable and sit mostly on the bench because they truly are not skilled in ballplaying as well as not interested. They are there for one reason and one reason only: pushy parents.

sprak said...

Does anyone know what the "Granite Club" is all about?

Anonymous said...

It is mostly the working moms who over schedule their children. Either they avoid feeling guilty because the children are in activities, so it doesn't matter that they aren't home with them, or they just have no idea how stressed and tired they get, and how hard it is to get homework done after such a long day. It is the nanny's problem.
There was an article in the NY Times recently about the importance and value of free play. Every parent should read it!
A Nanny

Anonymous said...

granite club = country club

Ehhh said...

Ehhh, it's no club I would jump through hoops to join. Reminds me of Dobbs Ferry meets Cleveland.

Anonymous said...

so, the nanny takes the child to a "country club"? And then what happens?

Anonymous said...

8:29:

I think you're wrong about that. I am a working mother who is extremely sensitive to "overscheduling." That is actually one reason why I still have a nanny, because I am a firm believer in keeping my child home as long as possible to allow them to be a kid. No "preschool" by age 2 for us. My 4 1/2 year old doesn't go to preschool yet! That is virtually unheard of in these parts. Her days are exactly the same as mine were when I was small, and I am proud to go against the grain.

toronto mama said...

I definitely believe in my children having 'free play' its extremely important! Nice comment ehhh

Anonymous said...

10:44
I am the 8:29 nanny. I said most, so you are the happy exception; you sound like a sensible mom. We were talking more about school age children who already have a full day of school. My charges have one free afternoon a week that is supposed to be for playdates, but of course those are limited to the few kids who have the same day free. They are almost all ones with SAHMs.
A nanny

Anonymous said...

Why do sahm's have nannies? Why can't they pick their own kids up from school?

Anonymous said...

They are pathologically incapable of raising their own children. It is a deplorable circle, they too should have been saved from their own horrific mothers when they were but wee children.

Anonymous said...

10:30AM
How many children do you have, and in how many different schools? Use your imagination before you judge people who aren't just like you!

Anonymous said...

Yes yes the kids are all at different schools 256 because the SAHM is trying to impress her friends and family! So send the kids to different schools all around the city then make them feel anxious about 'getting to an activity' on time, just so SAHM can sit and mingle with other mommies while her child participates in an activity she cares nothing about!!