Thursday

#36 Bus in Chicago, Il

Received Thursday, December 6, 2007
Great nanny sighting in ChicagoI have a good nanny sighting!
Where:#36 Bus Chicago
When: Wednesday at about 3:30
Description of Nanny: blue sweat pants, snow boots, mid thigh length brown puffy coat with hood on and fur trim on the hood, glasses, carrying a larger black Longchamp bag with brown handles Description of child: little girl about 3, light sandy brown hair wearing comfy pants that were brown, light pink snow boots, olive coat with some pink on it, dark pink snow hat, dark and light pink mittens, had on a headband that may have been some sort of paisley pattern and was olive and gold carrying a red back pack with St. Chrysostom's Day School logo on it Description of Sighting: Today was miserable outside and the nanny (who I think was named Sylvia) and the little girl missed the bus but the driver stopped for them. They climbed on together and the girl thanked the driver for stopping. The two then sat down at the front of the bus and began talking. The girl said "Sylvia now can I know my surprise?" with a big smile on her face.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool ... what was the surprise??

Anonymous said...

Im sorry......this is a good nanny sighting how?

The Mommy Blogger said...

This is an interesting sight...good nannies are always scarce it seems.
The Mommy Blogger

Aunty Rhea said...

Cute =)

This is a good nanny sighting because this was a good nanny. The girl was smiling and getting a surprise. She was dressed right. She wasn't being abused, emotionally or physically.

It is always good to see even a small thing like this, just to see that there are nannies out there who treat their charges right and who are loved by them.

marypoppin'pills said...

Right, Aunty Rhea! And I know my son always loves surprises ... he gets one every day when he comes home from school if he got a sticker for being good in class/doing all of his work. Anything from a quarter to a cookie!

Just another bitchy SAHM said...

The surprise is that you parents are going out (again!) tonight and Sylvia gets to babysit again. Luckily, the little girl cares for the nanny more than her own mother, making it a good thing!! Kiss Kiss Hug Hug!!!

Aunty Rhea said...

4:42, you're an idiot.

Kids don't care more for a babysitter or nanny, just because the parents work.

Not all women live in your little world where they get to stay home 24/7 with their kids. Some have to (prepare yourself for this... it may come as a shock)

WORK.

And here is another shock, some also like to go out with their husbands once a week to relax.

Or like to go Christmas shopping without their child there.

Why are you people (like 4:42) so quick to judge someone elses parenting skills when you know nothing ABOUT their parenting?
Stop trying to raise other peoples kids, get off the computer, and raise your own.

Anonymous said...

Just another bitchy SAHM:

Yes, you are.
Where is there anything about the parents going out? At 3:30 PM, the child was probaly coming home from school or a playdate while the parents worked.
The question is, why does it make you angry that a child is happy, and has a good nanny?

Anonymous said...

No sh*t. 442, stay home and be miserable.

Love,
a VERY happy nanny who is well-paid and loves both her families (and they know it!)

Anonymous said...

OK, so the little girl was happy. And HOW is this a good nanny sighting?

Kate in CO said...

10:08.....are you 1:20,also??? You and "just another bitchy SAHM"........do you have a problem with a good sighting? I mean....why post at ALL? I'm thrilled to read there are good nannies out there!!! (I, AGAIN, do not advocate child care.........but, we do not live in a perfect world either.) Good for the Nanny who is written about in this post......she doing her job and obviously doing it WELL! You know "bitchy SAHM".....I'm thinking you should get a job and hire a nanny!!! You don't sound fit to be at home with your kids.

Aunty Rhea said...

I love you people who just thrive on child abuse and neglect.

If the child is happy, you just don't want to read a post about them.

Anonymous said...

I also like that this is a positive post about just an everyday occurrence. How many times are there negative posts about minor issues? It's obvious the two of them have a great relationship. I think one of the reasons that we don't see more positive posts is that when a nanny and child have a warm, close relationship, strangers just assume she is the child's mother. My nanny is a different race than us and strangers still mistake her for their Mom because of the loving way she treats my children and the way they treat her.

And 4:42: I hope you don't have children, if so your nastiness must have made them emotionally deficient. A child's ability to love is boundless. My children's love of their nanny in no way diminishes their love for their father and me.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering why SAHM's who do not have nannies or like others having nannies bother to come on this site and bash mothers who work hard for their kids and turn a great post about a nanny who obviously cares for her charge into a fight about SAHMs vs. working moms? SAHM's should just go back to their cooking and cleaning and popping out babies and leave the people who actually have reason to view this site alone.

OP said...

I posted this and hadn't had a chance to get back on here until today...this was not my entire posting. It was a good nanny sighting for many reasons. The surprise ended up being the nanny telling the little girl that they could go to the bookstore and pick out any book that she wanted and bring it home to keep. The little girl responded with but I want a penguin cookie (in a nice voice) and the nanny then had a 5 minute conversation telling the little girl that she had tried to find the cookie but the Starbucks she went to was out of them but if she would rather go to another one and look for the cookie instead of the book they could do that. Then the nanny talked to her charge about her day at school asking questions about the dreidal they had painted and the song that they sang. The little girl was beginning to fade and get sleepy so she rested her head on the nannies legs and fell asleep. When they got to their stop (Diversey and Clark) the little girl was not happy at all to be woken up but the nanny remained calm and collected and just continued talking to the little girl while she carried her off the bus. Once they were off the bus (this was my stop as well) the nanny gave the girl a pacifier (bright pink with a yellow handle) and the walked off hand in hand to either the bookstore or the Starbucks.


It was nice to see someone be so patient and caring with their charge, especially on a long and slow bus ride due to bad weather. It was clear that they had a great relationship!

Kate in CO said...

Thanks for adding all that, OP.....I hope the nanny's employer see this and gives her a HUGE raise. :o) :o)

Not Bitchy, but kind of agree said...

Kate in CO, aren't you the one who provides child care in your home? I don't know if *I* would trust someone who doesn't "advocate child care" to watch my children!? Seems odd to me. Sort of like sending your child to a teacher who doesn't "adovcate learning". Just a thought.

Sadly, I can see Bitchy's point. It is a sad world of kids bieng raised by others.

Anonymous said...

nanny's next job is to wean the pacifer.

Aunty Rhea said...

**rolls eyes**

A post filled with wonderful things and people have to pick at the negatives.

marypoppin'pills said...

#1. Parents, could you PLEASE get those pacifiers away from your kids BEFORE they turn 3? It is not a sight to behold.
#2. Anon @ 2:47. SAHM & WAHM are just titles. I don't see a raging debate going on here, and your descriptive use of the sentence "popping out babies" is quite unsettling ... you sound like a man. And telling SAHMs that they have no right being here is just plain rude. We have valuable thoughts and opinions, same as you. I am a SAHM but used to be a Nanny several years ago, so I feel I have just as much input as the next person. Besides, just in case you missed it, 4:42 claims to be a SAHM, and she's bashing Parents! And 5:27 (aunty rhea), is sticking up for Nannies.
#3. 5:50 (not bitchy/em ...) Once again, I have to agree with you. I'm not so sure I'd want someone who doesn't advocate childcare watching my kid.

jmarhar said...

I disagree marypoppin/not bitchy...
I think that someone who doesn't advocate child care is perfect... please let me explain:
I come from a family where my mom stayed home with her 4 kids. I am the oldest and like most oldest children, helped my mom out a lot. I learned everything I know about child care and child rearing from her. She was amazing. So logically, since my mom was a wonderful SAHM, that it what I advocate. BUT, I know that this isn't a perfect world and people have to work, and sometimes just don't want to stay home with kids. That being said, I do child care because I feel bad for children who don't have their mom's home with them like I did. I currently work at a Day Care while I'm looking for a nanny job. I think that if a child can't be with their parents than they should be with someone who will love them, care for them, and teach them, etc. in much the same manner that their parents would if they could. So I think I make a better childcare provider because of my stance on childcare.

I hope I explained that well, its something I feel very passionate about.

marypoppin'pills said...

jmarhar
I dunno. If I had two perfectly good nannies, with the same qualifications and experience - I think I'd have to choose the one that had a passion for it; not the one that needed to do it because they 'felt bad' for the kids.

jmarhar said...

I have a passion for children, but I feel bad for them too. You can feel both...

mom said...

jmarhar,
I agree totally. Your compassion for children makes you a perfect person to watch them when they aren't wiht mom or dad.

Kate in CO said...

jmarhar.......BINGO! I don't advocate child care because I truly believe if you plan to have children that you should plan to be with them in their formative years. (Of course, that can't ALWAYS be the case) But, doing the job I do.....it has become ACCEPTED that you have a baby and put that baby in daycare. I will NEVER understand that. I have a passion for this job........but, sadly I see that I can NEVER replace the Mom's roll and that kids truly want to be with their Mom's and not me. Some are with me 10 hours a day.......and no matter what anyone thinks...I am raising the child.

jmarhar said...

kate in co...
Amen!

Aunty Rhea said...

isawyournanny.com-

Come judge the parenting skills of people you've never even seen!!


I wondered why people always say this site is filled with stuck up bored mothers who need to talk down to other mothers just to up their own parents status.
Now I get it!!

I do love though, how so many moms come on here and whine about how you should raise your own kids. Well then... get off the net and do it.

jmarhar said...

Aunty Rhea> I'm not a mom, I'm a nanny and we are all entitled to our opinions. I'm not judging, I think its best to stay home, but I understand that some people can't, thats life.

Aunty Rhea said...

Actually, that is mostly steered towards all the pacis comments.

Anonymous said...

pacis?

marypoppin'pills said...

I don't have a problem with caregivers 'feeling bad' for the children they watch, that can be a form of passion for the job, but I'm sorry, I still think that is different than doing it and not advocating it at the same time. I don't understand how they are alike. Why would you do something you don't believe in?

jmarhar said...

Because someone has to. If a child can't be with its parents, then I will give it the next best thing. I will be the best caregiver imaginable, because thats what children deserve.

Anonymous said...

aunty rhea
you have some anger issues. do you not have one post that isn't yelling at somebody?? where are YOUR kids?? get a life!!

marypoppin'pills said...

jmarhar
No argument there at all. I think my disagreement is more with a person that doesn't advocate childcare ... but it's their means of living. Really - as long as someone is loving that child, then it shouldn't really matter.
10:22 pacis = pacifier

mom said...

I think what these people are saying is that they love kids and always want the best for them in every way. They do not "advocate" childcare because their first wish is that every child be paired with a loving parent who is able to spend their days showing the child how loved and important he is to them...because that is the best and most ideal situation for evey child to be raised in. HOWEVER, they realize that this is not a perfect world, and sometimes even great mommies and daddies have no choice but to go to work to support the child's basic needs and leave the child in daycare of some sort...and sometimes other parents just choose to let somebody else raise their children. In those instances, these ladies enjoy filling the gap in the best way they can...not only by taking excellent physical care of the children involved, but also doing their best to help them feel loved and special. They are able to go the extra mile because of their extreme compassion for children.
Because they care so much for children, it is also hard for them to understand why anybody with a CHOICE would actually CHOOSE to let somebody else raise their precious child for them. They would like to encourage those parents to take a closer look at the choice they are making.

That's what I got out of those posts anyway. And I agree. Don't criticize them. Be grateful that there are some people out there who choose to be good nannies and babysitters out of their love for children rather than because they think watching a child but basically ignoring it all day will be an easy way to make a buck.

Thank you to all GOOD nannies and babysitters!

marypoppin'pills said...

Mom, once again, you wrap it all up in a nutshell!
:)
Happy Holidays!

Aunty Rhea said...

I don't have kids.

I'm just a nanny who is sick of other people telling me how to nanny and telling parents how to parent.

If you see a 4 year old with a paci, be glad it isn't your kid and keep your obnoxious opinion to yourself. How on earth do you know the reason for it?
Maybe the kid has autism and its hard to give it up.
Maybe the kid just lost a parent or sibling and a paci is a big soother.
Maybe the kid has anxiety about being out in public and needs the paci to keep calm.

Y'all act nice, but you're really worse then me. I say straight out what I mean, I don't try to hide my annoyance.

Its a good nanny sighting. And yet everyone can only find reasons to turn it into a bad nanny, bad parent, bad post.

Anonymous said...

Aunty Rhea
If ya don't like reading other peoples OPINIONS - go somewhere else! That's what this whole board is about! OPINIONS!
And have you nothing better to do than to pick apart everybody elses post like your so superior? Who cares if some people think a "PACI" is a bad idea. Most times it IS! A result of LAZY parenting. Because they don't want to get up off their fat asses and find something constructive for their CRYING kid, whose only bored to death and wants ATTENTION!

Anonymous said...

damn, for sure!

Anonymous said...

Aunti Rhea has angered It Which Shall Not Be Named.

Anonymous said...

I think pacis are horrible as well, it is ridiculous to see these kids who can walk and talk running around with pacis in their mouth. I think if they are used they should only be used at nap time/ bed time.

Anonymous said...

How do you know the little girl's surprise wasn't going to be that she had to clean the toilets? Now that would make it a bad nanny sighting!

Anonymous said...

6:38
Boo, hiss.