I am a nanny in Phoenix, Arizona suburbs & there are not many of us. I have met a few. I thought I had met a good quality nanny to become friends with. The second time I saw her at the playground, the three year old ran from her. She ran after him, grabbed him by the hand and hit him three times on the backside. I wouldn't say she hit him hard, but he felt it, he cried. When she came back to where I was, I said, "I can't believe you would hit the kid". She said, "I didn't hit him, I spanked him." She then went on to explain that she usually spanks the three year old three to five times a week but has only spanked the one year old once. She further explained that the parents are on board with it, they are spankers, she has been with them since the birth of the first child and that they decided they didn't want to come home and be told that a child did this or that and have to spank the child as soon as they walked in the door. So, get this, the parents authorize this nanny to spanks the children. Is it me or that completely nuts? She has been with them almost four years, She made several arguments about spanking. I am anti spanking of any child, but especially one that is not mine. She told me that children needed immediate consequences and that is why she was expected to appropriately spank them. Then she told me, I WAS MAKING HER FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE and she was going to JUST WALK AWAY BEFORE SHE SAID SOMETHING SHE REGRETTED. I am not submitting this as a nanny sighting, but this whole experience was surreal. A mother was standing five feet away from us during this whole exchange and she was shaking her head AT ME. Has anyone else ever heard of anything like this? The parents I have worked for have always been non spankers. I'm really just shocked by all of this, and no, we won't be pursuing a friendship. Am I wrong that I also think it is wrong to "spank"/hit a child in front of other children on the playground? How does that get a pass of being not violent? And why on earth would you EVER spank a one year old? I really just needed to rant. Thank you for listening.