Received Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This isn't the siting of one specific nanny, but rather a shout-out to all the great nannies, mannies, babysitters, moms and dads who go to Washington Market Park in Tribeca, NY.
I was there just yesterday, thinking about all the NYC parks so frequently mentioned negatively on this site like JJ Byrne and Ancient, and how the posters describe nannies all sitting in a row, chatting with each other and ignoring their charges. If anyone needs to have their faith in childcare providers and parents restored, they should come down to WMP! On a beautiful day like yesterday, the park is filled with happy kids and their caregivers. Those caregivers, probably about half mothers/half nannies and the like, were mostly standing, not sitting on benches. Small groups stood chatting together, but they were actively watching their kids, most of them so close by that all they needed to do was put out their hand at the right moment to catch their little one when he/she needed assistance.
The kids were mostly playing with other kids, which is what I think the park is for, but they were all so well supervised that the little fights that errupt over shared toys or sand throwing were quickly extinguished. The mood was so happy and social that I thought I should write this in for all the people who tend to lose faith too frequently on this site. Good nannies exist! Come down to Tribeca if you don't believe me.
(Of course, this is self-serving, I was one of those nannies at the park yesterday. But I'm not writing this for the parents I work for, or for any of the parents who employ the nannies at WMP. I'm fairly certain they know how competent their caregivers are. I just want to let everyone else know that, at least in one little pocket of the city, things work pretty well between kids, parents and nannies.)
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