Sunday, April 7, 2013

Not just our kids.

Maybe all nannies are like this but the  SN (super nanny) we are blessed with collects neighborhood nannies that she feels make her standards and we all hang out together quite a bit. I shop with them in mind and the kids that they look after (Jack only eats round cheese, Sally loves e.lmo cookies).

One of the nannies that we love has been working for a very odd family. They insisted that both the child and the nanny be out from 8.30am to 5.30pm all day from 8 weeks onwards. I don't mean just on the nice days, I mean when there are serious winter storms or summer heat indexes way into the 90s, this poor kid and her long suffering nanny would be found trying to find shelter and rest.

The family decided to move 'back home' and gave the nanny three weeks notice. They also withheld this last weeks pay to ensure she would travel into town today to look after her little charge for one last day whilst they went for brunch.

The kid is devastated by all the new things happening in her life. She doesn't understand why the person that kept her safe and loved her very deeply is abandoning her. The family haven't explained to the child what is happening. Today the child wept whilst holding fast to her beloved begging her to please take her home, that she would be good and do what she was told.

That poor nanny left me a message after she finally said goodbye to her little one today. I could barely understand a word,  she was crying so hard. She is totally heartbroken.

For the parents she was just a baby sitter but for the child she was family. And vica versa.


  1. Odd? That is far too kind for any parent who would have their child forced out of the house all day long and to also not lovingly explain why they are moving and validate the profound relationship the child has with their nanny.

    I don't like to judge, but shame on them.

  2. OMG. That is abuse. A total disregard for a child's feelings. A way to break a poor child's spirit. Why would they do that? I am so angry. Someone should tell them. I vore for you. My heart breaks for the little one and the nanny.

  3. People like that shouldn't have children. I wept as I read this to Susan.

  4. I remember this family from a prior post of yours - requiring nanny and child to be out of the house all day long, even when the girl was ill. Unbelievable. And now they tear out her heart without a thought. I mean, okay, circumstances change and I get that, but they don't seem to consider that their child is a HUMAN BEING with emotions and needs. Children do respond to explanations. They do much better when they know what is going to happen and why. Poor little darling.