At the beginning of 2012, I wrote extensive posts about the challenges of finding the right nanny and maintaining a good working relationship after my first candidate imploded on me during Christmas 2011. Over all I find the women ( and the occasional “Man-ny” like the twenty-something guy who cares for my friend Liz’s son and daughter) those who feed our children, wash our children, diaper our children and love our children while we are away, are hard working, committed professionals. My second nanny is a gem I continue to thank God for.
The parent/nanny relationship requires high levels of trust and respect, from both parties, from day one. Moms and Dads leave the most precious thing we have in the world with these women, daily. Smart nannies understand this fact of life and work to further build parents’ trust. It’s a whirl wind relationship that’s on the fast track.
So, last week, when I read an article in The New York Times about criminals posing as parents seeking to hire childcare that scammed nannies out of their hard earn savings, my heart cracked open. A week later, watching my nanny wit Julia, I realized it’s still wide and aching over this scam. Hopefully it touched the heart of someone with the power to find and prosecute the villains.My suggestion, catch them and boil them in a vat of baby poop.