Received Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tough love or abuse? Nanny at the Little Engine Playground in Riverside Park today told the little boy in her care that he was spoiled (she said 'spoilt') and told him a number of times to stop being stupid. (He was asking her to play with him). He wanted to go up on a piece of equipment but wanted her help. She then told him he was a baby. As I observed this, it seemed to me the nanny didn't want to have to move off of her seat where she was reading-of all things- a TV guide. Nanny had a red shirt on under a tan suede coat with a wool collar. The little boy was very neatly dressed, wearing Ben 10 tennis shoes, a blue jacket with a hood a white and blue hood. He had brown, curly hair, was about 2 and was a light skinned AA. The nanny was sloppily attired but had a pretty face, short hair, 240-280lbs, 5'5"=5'8" and dark sinned AA. I call it abuse. There was nothing nice about the way she interacted with that child, not even a flicker.