I would suggest that this week's ISYN Roundtable discuss the double standard with regard to appropriate care from a parent and that of a childcare provider. This blog is about pointing out the things that nannies are doing that the parents might not realize. Sometimes they are harmful, often benign. I understand this and think it is a great resource. What I don't understand is the number of celebrities that rallied around the McCann family from the get go to pledge their support and money to help find their daughter. This in light of the fact that they were beyond neglectful in leaving their three small children alone in a hotel room so they could go out cavorting with their friends. There are missing children everywhere who have been snatched from even the most overprotective parents and then to these parents, so much support? Was it because she was a cute little, white girl? Why is it so easy to gloss over a parents neglect? Setting aside the fact that I personally feel the mother drugged the child because her tantrumming proved to be inconvenient to the mother's "me time", why? Why? A mother forgot to drop the child off at daycare at the child dies in the car. And the mother is not charged. Why? I agree she made a mistake, but if it were a nanny, wouldn't she be in jail? Why this double standard when it comes to parents? The mother was not even charged. And if you see the tape of her being interviewed, yes you might feel sorry for her. But a child's life is lost. Gone. And it's okay? Can you imagine the support a nanny would receive if she left three children alone in a hotel room so she could go out with her nanny friends? She would be lynched. As well she should be. But the McCanns were embraced. Why?
Submitted by Colleen, Ohio
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