Q: I need your help with nanny etiquette. My nanny whom I adore very much recently stopped having playdates with one of the other nanny's in the neighborhood. Apparently a few other nannies in our neighborhood have stopped as well because she is too harsh with the kids & yells a lot. After hearing some of the comments she has made, I have to agree ("your daughter talks very well, not like these mutes I take care of"...in front of the 2 year olds!). I don't know the parents well at all, but should I say something or stay out of it?My answer & a another great giveaway if you provide your opinion...
A: I definitely think you should say something. I know that as a parent, I would want to know. Think of it this way: if the parents don’t know, you will be telling them something really, really important about the most precious thing in their life. If they know, and condone the behaviour, you haven’t lost a friend because you didn’t really know them and wouldn’t want them as your friends anyway, right?
Plus, I think we have to look at the kids as the most important factor. While these days we don't always know our neighbours or their kids very well, it wasn't very long ago that we watched out for each other on everything. The kids deserve someone who will speak up.
That’s my 2 cents, but readers I’d like you to weigh in as well. Please post your comment below, including your email address, or email your comments to me: shortysho[at]hotmail.com. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered in the draw for a free registration for their caregiver to attend the upcoming June 03 PLAY workshop, compliments of the lovely Ms M at Calgary Nanny Connection Inc.
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