Worthington Hills Elementary School - Columbus, Ohio
This sighting took place at a Worthington Hills Elementary school in Columbus. When I first saw the nanny, she looked no more than 14 years old, but I realized after hearing her talk to other parents that she was a college student. After hearing her, she sounds more like a responsible 30 year old. As soon as her first charge was released, she immediately gave her full attention to him, greeting him. The boy, 4-6, dropped his belongings (backpack, jacket, lunchbox) on the ground, and stopped walking. Nanny immediately walked the remaining distance to him. She dropped to his level for eye contact, and asked him why he had dropped his belongings. His only response was "Pick those up, now." Nanny responded with asking if he needed help carrying his things, and told him she was happy to help if he asked politely. He looked at her, repeated for her to pick them up, then began walking in a circle. Nanny asked if anything had happened that day, and reassured him that he could tell her anything if something was wrong. Instead, he began elbowing her stomach each time he passed her. Nanny let him know that hitting was not acceptable behavior, and gave a firm warning. Charge stopped elbowing, and instead stomped on her foot rather harshly. Nanny let him know that he was free to make his own decisions, however any decisions that harmed others were never OK and that there were consequences. She laid out what would happen if the behavior continued, being firm, direct, and consistent.
Whoever this woman is is a saint. She let him know of his consequence, then shifted into saying that they should move on and find ways to make the day positive. The child then picked up his backpack and whipped it against her, laughing. He ran into the car, kicking it a few times before getting in. While waiting for the second charge (the children are dismissed in rounds) he began playing with the doors. Nanny got out to close doors, he crawled into the front seat and attempted to lock her out. Shortly after settling down, a young girl walked to the car. She told her nanny that "You better not be a brat today. I am not doing my homework or reading. You're so stupid." After this, the girl got in the car and they drove off, so I do not know the results of the incidents. If anyone knows this nanny, please let her know that she should leave! She seems amazing and many others would kill for a nanny like her. No nanny ever deserves to be treated poorly.
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