Thursday

Bad Nanny Sighting in Rye, NY

Location: Rye Recreation Park in Rye, NY
Date: 7/29/15, approx 10:45 am
Description of Nanny: I'm not sure if she was an American or an au pair, but she had no accent. She  was white, had blonde hair, large round face, big forehead, wearing mom style blue jean shorts (no pockets & elastic waist band) and a white t-shirt with a peach/orange abstract design on it. If it was a logo, I did not recognize it. She was on the taller side and slim, built like a boy.
Description of Child: The child was 4 years old and had dark curly hair and bright blue eyes. She was a little chunky and wearing a yellow pair of shorts overalls with a striped top underneath it. The little girl at some points was wearing a denim baseball style hat with a white flower on it.
Incident: I arrived to see the nothing out of the ordinary but some adults sitting and walking around and children climbing. After ten minutes, the nanny said "Nina" or "Lena" come here for sunblock. I didn't know what child she was speaking to. I saw your nanny reading an US magazine. She went back to reading, but occasionally would shout "Come get sunblock, NOW" very loudly. She did not even look up. After about ten minutes, she stood up, exasperated. She realized eyes were on her and she softened and went to find her charge. The little girl ran from her from one side of a structure to the other, and then to the swings, through the swings, etc. It could have been comical if the nanny wasn't on my radar for being angry at the child. The little girl, and I mean little, pushed an empty swing and ran past the nanny. The empty swing hit the nanny and could not have hurt her in the least. The nanny grabbed it and slung it really hard and fast towards the child. It hit the child MUCH harder than the swing had hit her.The little girl yelped and stopped and turned to her and said, "that wasn't funny". The nanny said, "running from me is not funny. When I call you, you had better come." Now she looks at me and another mom and said in a sickening sweet voice, "I don't want your sweet little face to get sunburned". The nanny grabbed her hand and the child resisted but the nanny led her to the bench. I pretended to look away but watched her apply the sunblock roughly and haphazardly. And what happens next>? The little girl starts crying that she has sunblock in her eye. Like hardcore crying. The nanny told her, "oh stop, I told you, you have to have sunblock on". The kid is crying, "You put it on my eye." So the kid is crying and the nanny nudges her away and says, "go play". The child is rubbing her eye frantically. And doesn't move. A mom near her says, "maybe rinse it with some water, do you need some?" The nanny goes to a white Toyota SUV with the child and gets a gallon of water and is working on the child with the door open. The kid is crying. The nanny is saying things like, "oh calm down, this is going to make it better". The kid and nanny come back from the parking lot and the kid is soaked, her hair is soaked, her shirt is soaked and she is still rubbing her eye. And crying. The nanny again nudged her to go play. The girl again started to cry. The nanny then kind of yanked her and said, "that's enough" and loaded her in the car-seat,. I didn't like how she treated her in public. That nanny has no patience or empathy!  PS Side note...It is possible she is one of those Mormon specialty nannies.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is really horrible. Of course the child was naughty for running away but that is definitely not the way to deal with it :( poor girl

Anonymous said...

Yes bad treatment but please, let's stop using "nanny" when you don't know if it was. Could have been parent/steparent, sibling/step sibling, etc.

Angi

Lifelong New Yorker said...

Please do tell us about these "Mormon specialty nannies"? Inquiring minds must know.

Anonymous said...

What makes you so sure it wasn't mom or a relative?

Julie said...

Nothing about this indicates that the female was a nanny. It could very well have been a teenage big sister, aunt, parent or step-parent. And seriously, "one of those Mormon specialty nannies,"? Making broad and sweeping assumptions and generalities about people like that is ridiculous.

Kara Ivy said...

Once again, why even post these if every time someone does all people say is, "how do you know it was the nanny???".

Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be such an issue if we just said "woman". Saying " nanny" when you don know puts a stigma on all of us through a general typical parents mind.

Angi

RBTC said...

i agree with kara - a good nanny and any other child specialist will have a path beaten to their door, this wwebsite will not prevent that. It accomplishes nothing to say - every time- but what if it wasn't a nanny? A reasonable person can realize - maybe it was not a nanny, maybe it was not a mom etc etc. The name of the site is " i saw your nanny" - dramatic license is reasonable to title a blog, anyone familiar with this blog knows the purpose is to protect children, period. It would just be too long a title to say " I saw your nanny but it may not have been a nanny it could have been ...........etc"

this_nick said...

Must you admonish people with this at every sighting? The OPs have reasons to believe they are seeing a caregiver and don't need to include that in every post to justify it to you. If it's a nanny, the parent can be made aware. If it's not, parents who come here at least know their behavior was noted.

this_nick said...

Amen! The OPs don't need to give a detailed account of why they believe it's a nanny (it's usually something as simple as the child calling the nanny by her first name). This trend of whining "but it might not be a nanny" is tired. The OP was there and believes it to be based upon their own observations. Nannies don't need to get offended and up in arms. If you're a good nanny these posts have nothing to do with you, so stop taking it personally when people post their sightings. Or, you know, keep doing you and complaining about every last one. My eyes are just sore from all that rolling lol.

Tanya said...

Yaaas, honey!! This ^ So muchhh