Received Monday, October 15, 2007
Recently in the NY Times I read about your blog and today I saw such a disturbing scene that I knew I had to write to you!I'm a mom of 3: a son who is 20, a son 12 1/2 and a daughter, 10. I've been around the mommy scene for a long time!
We were at the JCC Manhattan on West 76th and Amsterdam around 4:30 today, (10/15). A baby was wailing at the top of her voice and couldn't stop...I turned around to see a nanny talking on her cell phone while the baby, around a year old or so (wearing burgundy patent little shoes) was strapped into her stroller crying her eyes out. (She had a sister who was about 3 and a brother who was about 5, wearing Orthodox Jewish underclothes. The nanny appeared to be Latina, around 5 ft. 2 inches in her 20s wearing a brown sweatshirt.) She then hung up her phone but was talking to another nanny who was seated on a bench nearby. Without even looking at the baby, she shoved a bottle at her which the baby rejected. She was arching her back. This poor child wanted to be picked up and comforted. Not only did this "nanny" ignore the little girl, she kept on talking to the other nanny.
Then, up walked another Latina nanny who looked about the same age and she was 8 months pregnant. She picked up the little girl who stopped crying for a moment.Then these 2 women walked out onto Amsterdam with 5 kids in tow while the little one kept screaming. I followed them outside and saw the first nanny take home the baby in the stroller (still crying) seated next to the little 3 year old with the boy crossing the street beside her.
I was appalled. I hope their mom reads this blog and seriously considers monitoring her nanny....I know that if these were my kids, I'd want to know!