Received Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - Perspective & Opinion
I need some advice from fellow nannies and mothers, regarding a situation with another nanny.
I used to work for a wonderful family that lived in a development that had a huge playground and a sandbox. I would take my charges there almost every day and became friendly with a few other nannies and moms. There were never any problems with anybody until the last few months when this strange nanny appeared at the playground. She immediately tried to befriend me (at first I thought she was a bit strange but nothing more) and also signed up for various moms groups.
We chatted and our charges played together a couple of times, when I started noticing the way she treated her charges. She would scream at them, threaten them and yank them around. At first I thought it was an isolated incident but it quickly became apparent that it happened every single time I saw them. Her charges were sweet little girls, that didn't act out, at least not in public that I've seen and frankly, no child deserves that kind of treatment. She would also threaten them with "your daddy is going to give you a spanking" etc.
I told her a few times "please stop yelling at them like that" but to no avail. I started avoiding her as did other moms and nannies. I wanted to notify the parents (I knew where they, lived she had told me) and brought it up to my employers who told me to rather write a letter than approach them in person. When i decided to write the letter, I wanted to get signatures from all the moms and nannies that had witnessed her behaviour towards the kids (if she treats them like that in public, i shudder to think of what she does to them at home). That day at the park I approached a fellow nanny for her signature and found out that psycho nanny had left the family that she worked for high and dry and just didn't show up for work one day.
I was relieved for the kids and thought the situation had taken care of itself.
Now recently I started posting ads for a job again (the mom of the family I worked for decided to stay home) and I came across psycho Nanny's ads on every nanny site I registered or posted on. She makes herself sound like Mary Poppins and even though I know this is none of my business, I feel like I need to do something to warn parents about what kind of person she is. I fear for her future charges and the way she will treat them when the parents are gone, thinking their children are safe and happy with their nanny.
The Nanny is about 5'7, has bleached hair with dark roots, dark brown eyes, usually wears a lot of makeup. Her clothing style is very young (lowrise jeans, tight tops), clothes a senior in highschool would wear. She says she is 18 and from Sicily. Her name starts with a K (please feel free to give prospective mothers my email so they can contact me and get her full first and last name if needed).
The incidents occurred in St Augustine, FL in Heritage Landing (Subdivision of world golf village) and the nanny is currently advertising her services on the Jacksonville craigslist.