Received Saturday, December 5, 2009
Every week my son has a speech appointment at the CHKD outpatient office at Kempsville in Norfolk, Virginia. Our appointments are set to the same time and date every week. I keep coming across a nanny and a little girl; she is about 6 or 7 and always well dressed. She walks in a yellow walker with Dora the Explorer stickers. (incidentally she told me her nanny helped her put the stickers on her walker and she is learning with crutches (hot pink!) and the nanny also helped sticker them.) I am always amazed at how skilled and professional this young woman is. The nanny is always well dressed for her job, in jeans and some sort of nice shirt. She is extremely attentive to her little girl and claims to have been with her for just over seven years! She is very quick to correct any negative behavior in a quiet, nonthreatening way. She was also quick to point out that she was the nanny, not mom. She then reinforced, to the little girl, that the parents missed her more than words and are very proud of her. When I asked my child's teacher about the nanny, the teacher did not know her personally but had nothing but wonderful things to say about her. The teacher told me that the little girl had been coming to the office for years, at times 3 and 4 days a week, and the nanny has kept her motivated through it all. She learned exercises, equipment, and development. Part of me hopes her family is treating her very well, but part of me does not.I will soon be having my second child and I hope to offer her a package that convinces her to move our way!