Received Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I have seen many nanny's and mom's at Apple Seeds - new york city's family indoor playground , all with various degrees of awareness regarding their charges and kids. I have used my cell phone when it isn't crowded (first and last thing in the day), though the minute that my kiddo gets into interactions with others, I hang up.
There are often people there who socialize more than interact, and I know being with my kiddo all the time makes me crave adult conversation too... But today was one of the worst cases of neglect that I have seen there, so I feel compelled to point it out. (I am the poster who gets tired of flamers and trolls, so I only post the most serious of situations at this point. Jane, If you want me to post more, then hopefully some of your readers will think twice before finding some detail in my post to nitpick.)
This morning (between 9-10:30) I saw a nanny (according to the child) who was completely inattentive, she was on the far side of playground at the counter, texting, calling and writing. She never lifted her head to watch her charge (of whom I took a picture of him and attached for Jane to hold if the parent reads this. It was ridiculously easy for me to get a picture of this kid wihout her knowldege and the nanny was mostly never close enough for me to get a decent picture!). Even when I played with her kid along with mine in the side area, out of her line of vision, she never noticed. I was shocked that she was so disinterested...
Eventually (maybe 30 minutes later) she came into playground and sat next to the kid on floor looking down and texting. Then she moved to the bench and continued to text. I could have walked off with the child (who was very nice about sharing with my kid) pretty much at any time!
The child had on a blue shirt and pants (blue shirt had old navy on a little side patch). He had longish fair hair, fair skin and blue eyes. (He was Caucasian) He was probably around or just under two. The nanny was wearing a pink top and pink terrycloth pants. She was medium skinned but I am not sure about her race (She spoke another language to the child when she eventually entered playground but I wasn't close enough to catch it.)
I hope this parent will monitor her nanny. If she were my employee and I witnessed this, I would have fired her, that child was not safe.