I am a nanny for a single Mother. When I first started her oldest child had just been diagnosed for ADHD. She had tried the child on two medications over the course of less than two months and not liked the results. She began her own research and consulted friends. I never gave the child the medications. She brought me articles on organic coffee as a free range kind of cure all for ADHD. I stood back. She began giving the child coffee in the morning. The child did not like hot coffee. The child did not like cold coffee. She would not add milk to the coffee because she didn't want the child to have dairy. As this grows more and more frustrating, she ensnares me in this desperate pursuit to medicate her child with coffee. All sorts of brands of coffee green Mountain, Jims, Seattle's Best, Cafe Altura, Yadda yadda. I am new to this job but I began to grasp that she doesn't get that coffee doesnt have that much of a variance, particularly when she isnt adding anything to it. I offered many suggestions, she dismissed each. She begans to grow frustrated with me. I suggest that perhaps she didn't try the medications for long enough. She looks at me like I am crazy. We have an argument. She asks me if I "want to be here". I tell her I do, but I don't know what magic she expects from me. She tells me that she will think this over after the weekend, that she 'appreciates' that I have my own 'ideas and notions'. I return to work on Monday. Older child is drinking a chocolate shake. Single Mother educates me on caffeine powder, this wonderful organic potion. She suggests that maybe while I am out today I can get "some fresh berries, yogurts and milks" to try mixing with it to give older child 'more variety'.
Here is the problem.
I was too intimidated to ask this woman if she gave the child wine. Mecicating a child with alcohol is something I would be most uncomfortable with, especially living in the same home as the child. I rinsed the cup and put it in the dishwasher. When single mother comes downstairs, she whips up a caffeine drink for oldest child and hands it to child. Oldest Child takes it without complaint. I study child carefully. Child appears to be acting normally. After Single mother leaves, I go so far as to trot upstairs and sniff the oldest child's pillow and toothbrush. During this whole time, I am conflicted. Is this my business? If she is giving her child alcohol, certainly she can, or can't she? What is my role here? She hasn't asked me to blend a caffeine powder drink. I don't imagine she would ask me to give oldest child alcohol, but I don't know.
The most conflicting part of all of this is I really like oldest child. Oldest child doesn't seem to have had the happiest of lives. Oldest Child has really bonded with me. And I'm a brand new nanny making more money than I've ever made in my life, a fact not lost on my employer who met and raised my salary requirement and point of hire. I don't know that this is bad for the oldest child. Family has access to top tier mental and medical professionals. Oldest child's behavior has seemed much better this week. I don't want to do the wrong thing, but I don't want to risk my new job.
Going Crazy in New Jersey