Received Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Warning-Warning-Warning-if you employ a nanny who was wearing a grey and black jacket today that came to mid thigh, and is African American or Jamaican, strongly built and has her hair in a pony tail formed from braids- beware. She was caring for one boy of about 2 years old who was in the sandy area. He was unzipping his green & white nylon jacket, playing with the zipper- up and down, up and down and the nanny approached him, screamed at him and yanked his zipper up with such force that the kid fell backwards. There was a short, stone wall behind him that he conked his head on. I was not in a position to view how hard, but he did start crying at which point the nanny called him a baby numerous times while imploring him to "stop, just knock it off". The day was cold and there were not many children on the playground, but this nanny had to return to her all pressing conversation with another nanny who left her charge (a girl of about four with the biggest blue eyes I ever saw, uncombed hair and a nose dripping green snot) to her own devices. My last comment as a stay at home mom is this, sometimes I take my children out for 20 minutes or so to get some air, even on a cold day. That is a judgment call I make as a mother, but if you are a mother and ordering your nanny to take your child out and keep him out for x number of minutes or hours, then shame, shame on you.