Received Saturday, November 17, 2007
About 2 weeks ago, on a Saturday, at Dartmouth Totlot in Albany,CA; a Tibetan nanny named Dulma (not sure of the spelling but we talked a bit), taking care of a 4 month old baby boy named Robin. She smiled most of the time, sang to him, bounced him, played with him, cuddled, hugged and kissed him, and called him her little pumpkin and her little monkey. As young as he was, she put him in the baby swing, making sure his head and all of him was supported firmly by tucking blankets in around him, and rocked him gently. He smiled alot and was very wiggly and active for such a young baby. She said she also sometimes takes care of a baby girl that is the same age as him. I hope the parents know how good she is and treat her accordingly.
A nanny named Julia who takes care of a boy named Jack who is 4 1/2 or 5 (I don't remember exactly). I have seen them MANY places-Habitot, The Hall of Health, Totland, various other playgrounds, walking on the street... She is always very involved and engaged with him, talking, explaining, singing, playing. I have seen her engage a whole group of young kids in a game, leading and mediating the whole game so everyone has fun and is included and can release energy and do what kids do with no one getting hurt. At the Hall of Health she was very matter of fact and informative in response to his curiosity about a model of the digestive system, showing the intestines and colon, anus, etc etc. You get the picture, but she was perfectly straight about it all. She seems great and smiles a lot, I hope the parents appreciate her too.
Finally, a young, 25-ish Asian, possibly Tibetan nanny whose name I don't know but I see her frequently at Thousand Oaks playground in Berkeley, taking care of almost 1 year old identical twins whose names I cannot remember now.(One might be William.) She keeps them safe but encourages them to explore and try new things, and resolve obstacles like how to crawl AROUND a swing instead of just getting their head bonked by it and sitting and crying at it. It's a difficult job, as they are getting very active and moving off in 2 separate directions, but she handles it well. She is very gentle and sweet and warm with them. I have seen the twins also with their grandparents but never with the parents.