If you have a nanny, someone may be trying to tell you something. From the letters section of the Montclair Times …
I was taking my usual walk in Edgemont Park on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at about 11:15 a.m. when to my horrified gaze I saw a nanny dragging a child by her upper arm back to the playyard area.
The child looked like a rag doll hanging from her arm. The child was about 13-18 months and apparently one of a twin who had escaped her charge.
Surprise! The nanny was on the cell phone and not initially aware of the runaway child.
I spoke very sharply to the child caregivers who were standing at the entrance to the playyard, telling them how dangerous it was to drag a child in this manner. The child and the caregiver are apparently within walking distance of Edgemont.
Mothers and fathers both have to work today in this economy. However, please speak to your caregivers to pre-vent this kind of abuse.
Stivale isn’t the only one paying attention. There’s a whole blog devoted to nanny watching.
I Saw Your Nanny started this summer. Here’s their mission…
We will be posting your reports of nanny sightings on this blog. So often mothers and other nannies have commented that they wished they had an avenue to contact the parent of a child they saw being mistreated by the nanny. We want to be that resource.
Already mentioned in the New York Times, the blog gets reports of what appears to be real abuse along with “I saw the nanny give the child soda.” Fortunately, for the many wonderful nannies out there, there is a “nanny of the week” feature, where posters can report positive sightings as well.