We are excited to have a guest post from Dawn, the third original writer for merelymothers.
Now that the cooler weather has finally arrived in the VA area, I’ve been taking my daughter to the park much more often. I’ll run into another SAHM every once in a while but, for the most part, it’s me and a few of the local nannies and our kid(s) frequenting the parks in my area during the week. On two separate occasions just this past week, when I did run into SAHMs, I wasn’t surprised when our conversation turned to the “bad nanny behavior” that was happening around us – nannies yelling at very young children; nannies letting very young children run/play far out of their reach; nannies not watching children closely on playground equipment; a nanny who had her charge sit in a stroller during the entire park visit rather than engaging him; and nannies socializing with each other rather than keeping an eye on their charges.
It made me curious to know how the hard working parents of these children would feel if they saw this behavior. And how do working parents monitor how a nanny takes care of their children? (I for one would not want a nanny yelling at my daughter. I would want the nanny to use the same scolding/disciplining techniques that my husband and I use with her – calm and assertive ones.)
I’d love to hear from your readers who are working parents. How do you monitor your nanny’s behavior? How do you make sure the nanny is treating your children as you would want them to be treated? And how do you make sure that your nanny is watching your child/ren as closely as you would?