I’ve seen it happen. The nanny who left a child totally unsupervised in the playground. I spoke up and told the mom. It’s great that so many of you are doing that too, or at least trying to! But, here’s a tip we all could use to make sure people are looking out for our kids too!
As a couples mediator, communication expert and author, I wrote an article on this. But here is its centerpiece. The one email you can send to make sure your kids are safe:
As many of you have probably seen, we recently hired a new nanny. Mary Smith is with us now. Please feel free to reach out to her to set up playdates.
Also – please let me know if you ever observe anything good, or bad, about our new nanny and her relationship with my kids. Since I’m at work and am not around to see what’s going on in the normal course of the day, I would sincerely welcome any feedback.
REALLY BAD NEGLECTFUL NANNY SIGHTING: If your son is named Don/Dan (couldnt really understand him) and has a nanny named Debbie Debbie who takes him to the 96th street and 5th ave playground regularly, she is a HORRIBLE nanny! She sits on the benches chatting with her friends while your poor son wanders around the playrgound (often shoe-less) looking for her and calling her n (more) me. When he does find her she is rough and rude with him- there is not an ounce of love in her for him. It is so sad. Once, Don/Dan was at the top of the slide falling off to the side and screaming her name and she was all the way on the other side of the playground and my friend was calling “Debbie” since we took him down and asked who he was with and she finally came after 15 mins of us walking around calling “Debbie” and was so rude and got mad at us for interrupting her. Anyway, she was there yesterday at 4.30pm. Honestly, I would want her nowhere NEAR my kid and certainly not taking care of your cute son. She is awful, truly awful.
Good nanny sighting at preschool. She is very attentive and loving, really cares about the kids, comes to the afternoon Shabbat thing and sings Hebrew songs, even though she is not Jewish. If I had a nanny, I’d want someone like her.
Spotted at Tot Lot 110 at around 7pm. Didn’t catch nanny’s name, but she was taking care of Sophia (older) and Natalie (younger). Sweet, young, just delightful. Was surrounded by kids of other parents whom she clearly knew. Was patient, kind, and thoughtful with the kids - just made me feel good all over.
Scary Scary nanny sighting today. Nanny told me (a stranger) to watch the kid and then left for around 5 minutes! Happened around 12:30pm yesterday at the American Museum of Natural History cafeteria: girl looked to be around 1.5-2.5yrs old, in black stroller with black foot muff, with beige “So Young” cooler/lunch bag with brown birds on it, and flowered diaper bag.
HOBOKEN bad nanny sighting reported to the police. Sunday 11 a.m. Brand new Silver Town and Country with approx. 6mo left in front seat with doors locked while woman was shopping at RITE AID on Willow.