10 August, 2007

Point Dume Beach in Malibu, California

Great Nanny Sighting in MalibuReceived Friday, August 10, 2007
I saw an amazing nanny yesterday, (8/9) and I wanted to share it with you. This nanny had three children with her. The children were all of petite build, blond and tan. The youngest was I would guess three and the others were five and seven (my guess.) Every time one of them went in the water, they all went in the water. The seven year old asked to stay and keep digging while the younger ones wanted to go in the water and she didn't let him. They dug a huge hole together, they took turns getting in the hole. She dug. She got in the hole. She had the youngest on her back as they danced in the waves. They had a picnic on a big brown and pink blanket. Their picnic came out of a purple and black nylon picnic bag and all of them drank "fiji" bottled water. After lunch they were burying each other in the sand and the five year old kicked sand in the face of the young one. The nanny picked him up immediately, not harshly and sat him squat down about ten feet off the blanket in the sand. I didn't here what she said to him. It was stern without being mean. I noticed later that he had rejoined them and they were all playing happily together. The boys had on light blue trunks with dark blue Hawaiian pattern over them. The littlest one was a girl who had on a yellow one piece bathing suit with flowers and a skirt. The whole time they were at the beach, they were all together. I knew this was not the mom, even though her hair was blondish because I heard her say "lets take a picture for mommy" with her phone. The nanny brought a good amount of stuff including binoculars (dolphins?), balls, sand toys, etc. She had a ponytail up high, pretty tan, a large but athletic build and was wearing a blue one piece swimsuit and had on red knit shorts over it that she kept on all the time. If this is your nanny, you will know her by the very nice beach blanket!

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

GREAT NANNY...GOOD JOB. WELL DONE

Anonymous said...

Nannies like this just make mothers look bad! Lol!

Anonymous said...

How great!! =) After all those terrible nannies it's nice to read about a wonderful one.

Nanny Lexy said...

Thank you for sharing this great story! I know most people like the bad stories more than the good, which is sad. I just love to hear stories of nannies doing their job correctly! I must admit, I see them from time to time, and don't post their stories. Thanks for taking the time to write a detailed good review!

Kate in CO said...

Wonderful!......thanks OP.
:o) :o) :o) :o) :o) :o) :o)

Sarah and Mitch said...

Yay!!! I am so happy to see a great nanny sighting! Not only because she was great in general, but because she sounded completely in control of having three small children play in and near water! This can be such a dangerous activity, but she sounded like she totally had everything under control! Great job nanny!! I hope that not only the parents read this, but that you read this too!

Anonymous said...

Hooray! I love the good nanny stories, and yours was well written and detailed! It's nice to hear something positive for a change-thank you!

Anonymous said...

I feel sad for the mother who didn't share in this beautiful day at the beach. Then they want to know why the kids call the nanny "mommy". Kudos to the nanny.

Sarah and Mitch said...

12:37. seriously? So a nanny can't go have a good time with the kids? They are supposed to sit around and be mediocre so the kids like their mom more? Trust me, a happy kid loves their mom just as much as they possibly could. It's when you have an unhappy, unstable, and unloving environment that things like them calling nanny (or aunt, or neighbor) "mom". Get a clue. Happy kids and happy nannies help make families well balanced and, well not to be too redundant, happy.

Anonymous said...

OP must not know the majority of people on here don't like to see posts like this! LOL Thanks for sharing though, it was a nice story.

2:24 you took the words right out of my mouth.

Anonymous said...

12:37: you are more right than you know. Anyone who says otherwise is just kidding themselves. It is sad. It is very very sad. You can justify it all you want to, but the fact of the matter is that this is most likely an everyday situation. These kids are being raised by this kind woman and it is just her job. She is being payed to be kind to them. Yes, great nanny, but it is sad when a mom is absent from moments like these. Every day.

Linzbaby1 said...

Just because you get a paycheck at the end of the day, doesn't mean she's not kind to the children because she loves them. I'm a preschool teacher. I have many students, and we have wonderful days filled with laughter and fun. Each year, I fall in love with these children in my class. Each year, it hurts to see them move on and go to Kindergarden. Most people who go into an Early CHildhood field do so not for the paycheck, but because of their love of children.
Thanks,
Linz

Anonymous said...

Linz,
Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.

annie said...

One of the advantages nannies and other caregivers have over other people is that they see a lot of different families and can really get a sense of what makes for happy, well adjusted kids. Too frequently I see mothers who are not doing their kids any favors by being home with them instead of employing a great nanny like the one mentioned in this post. The common denominator in happy families is happy parents. Staying home and being there at the beach or wherever day after day only makes a certain type of woman truly happy, but that type of woman is not the only type that makes a good mom.

The mothers who criticize other parents for their choices are frequently quite unhappy with their own lives, and making their kids unhappy nervous wrecks in the process.

Anonymous said...

Linz, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Anyone who states that a nanny doesn't love her kids, that the kids are only a paycheck has never had a nanny. In fact, she must be a bpp. Yes, many nannies are gruff and could care less about their children. But real nannies have true emotions for their children and are completely invested in the sort of person the child will become. bpp's suck.

Anonymous said...

8:17 you're a b!^%$. You must be such a bitter mom. I feel sorry for your kids. It's kids who have moms like you who can't wait for their nanny to come and you to go to work each day.

Linz and Annie: I agree with everything you said. Especially the last part of your post Annie! There are many moms on this blog who prove you RIGHT!

Anonymous said...

What's a bpp?

g said...

bitter poor person

Anonymous said...

is puzzling to me that so many women who are mothers can't believe someone would choose to teach or nanny because they love working with children. I also wonder what kind of person thinks one cannot love a child unless they are their own. A narcissistic mom raising a mini me perhaps?

Anonymous said...

601, or
simply a sahm who cannot afford a nannny, is bitterly envious and therefore attempts to assert the "the only people who can take care of a child are the parents".

I used to be like that about luxury vehicles. When I was poor.
Now I drive one of the same cars I used to scoff at.

Anonymous said...

lol 6:26 good analogy! bitter sahms get on my nerves!

Anonymous said...

9:48,
you couldn't be more off. I am a work from home mom: I put my career as a teacher on hold for my children and started my own business to allow me to work from home in the evening. How could I want to miss out on these precious first few years? I am not bitter about it at all, only saddened by other moms who choose material objects over spending time with their kids. I feel saddened by mothers who are not creative or intelligent or selfless enough to figure out a plan so that they can be with their kids and still have an income, still have a rewarding career. "Having it all" does not translate into "having a nanny raise your kids." I wouldn't have it any other way. A child belongs with their mother. And as far as SAHMs without nannies, has it occurred to you that many of them want to raise their own kids?
this board is flooded with wealthy people who have lost a true understanding of family, if they ever understood the concept at all.
Wealth comes in many different forms. You can have all the money in the world and still be poor.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of how much quality time the nanny spends with the children vs. the mother, at least they get to grow up together, have fun, gain new experiences, and they are not in some daycare where you are not so relaxed and free.

Anonymous said...

7:05
If I were so unfortunate as to have to choose between a nanny and a daycare, I would hands down choose daycare: I would feel more comfortable with witnesses, other parents I could network with about issues, a trained staff and social interaction for my child, preparation for school. Just a personal choice, I respect yours as well.

Anonymous said...

10:30 AM
You certainly have a high opinion of yourself.....creative, intelligent and selfless! You forgot smug and judgmental.
Most working moms are not wealthy, and some of the "material" things they are working for are food, clothing, shelter, school fees.
You and your children are fortunate that you can afford to stay home and only work PT. You are probably not the only earner in the household.

meli said...

im curious.... what if these mothers have to work, due to being poor or the husband passed away?

I know a mother who has to work because she is a widow now... do you berate those kind of mothers or no?

Anonymous said...

Hands down choose daycare! You want a daycare because of "WITNESSES" I am speechless that someone would even say that!!

Anonymous said...

Responding to 10:30am who said:

"I feel saddened by mothers who are not creative or intelligent or selfless enough to figure out a plan so that they can be with their kids and still have an income, still have a rewarding career."

Do you have any ideas for the not-so-intelligent masses who have to actually leave the home to work?

Anonymous said...

I'm not biting. I am guessing she has an envelope stuffing scam she wants to get you in on. Working from home is a luxury for some people who happen to have that opportunity. I went to medical school. What do you suggest I do from home? And what's wrong with loving your job? Why can't a woman love her career and her family?

I do.

Anonymous said...

I'm so tired of people saying that just because someone has a nanny or babysitter, that the nanny or babysitter is raising the kids.

Women have every right to work if they want. Kids are fine not having mommy at their side 24/7. My mom worked and me and my brother have no emotional scars, and when we were younger we never looked at teachers/babysitters and thought "Oh they love me more than mommy, because mommy is out working to feed us"

Some SAHM just rub me the wrong way. (Not all of course. Just the judgemental ones who think they are all that when they are usually pretty bad parents and pretty snobby people.)

Anonymous said...

It is a shame under the sun for traditionist, those who believe there is only one way for a mother to be a mother. We must not forget that we ALL HAVE TO work. One's job or career should be something compatible to one's personality, one that is rewarding and challenging. So, Ms or Mr Traditionist, do you think that a woman can only be rewarded or challenged by raising children. Or do you believe that a woman has to choose only a career that allows her to be home? I DONT THINK SO. YOU ARE SETTING WOMAN BACK TO THE BAREFOOT AND PREGNANT DAYS.

Anonymous said...

10:30 youre a bitter mom....just admit it LMAO! if i were a mom on this board i would ignore this bpp! let her pout at her weekly mommy group.

"Wealth comes in many different forms." thats something poor people say.

cali mom said...

And money can't buy you love. That's something smart people say.

cali mom said...

And 1:06, you sound like a defensive nanny. Or just a bored gossip hog.

Anonymous said...

4:02...If I remember correctly, I was barefoot when I got pregnant! LOL!

Anonymous said...

a girl nanny for the boys?! huh if i were the parent id hire a male nanny, so that theyd get more of an experince. i mean at school its 99% positive that their teacher is a girl. so why not balance things out.

but really as for this nanny, this is one of those rare moments that you dont see every day especially in california, wehre a nanny is doing her job and that is playing with t he kids and realzing that this job requires someone who knows the meaning of having fun, and getting down and getting messy with the kids!!

kudos to you !! and Kudos to the family for hiring a great nanny! let this be a lesson to all wannabe nannies (No not myself cause yes i am being honest) i do this very same thing with my own charges who btw are around the same age as these kids. ) THIS is what nannying /preschool teaching is all about!!