Breaking Down the Nanny-Parent Relationship

"Not only do [the stories] provide an often entirely unvarnished look at what goes on beneath the thin, public skin of so many families, they also draw out the myriad ways, often harsh quid pro quos, unspoken conspiracies, subtle deceptions, quiet desperation, and millions of small and large compromises that mothers everywhere make in order to have someone else take care of their children while they take care of business," writes Auerbach. The key to And Nanny Makes Three is the fact that it provides unbiased commentary from both sides of the super-charged nanny-parent relationship. The book goes behind the scenes to talk to parents and nannies on the job. Chapters cover love, need, identity, power in relationships, and more aspects of the connection that moms and nannies can have. We think this book is a must-read for any parents, parents-to-be and may-one-day-become-parents who are wrestling with the idea of whether or not to hire a full-time caregiver. After all, as the author says, "it can be powerfully revealing to get a sneak peek at what the other person sees when they look in the mirror, and painfully surprising to hear how some of the things we all do and say with perfect conviction and righteousness become entirely warped in translation." The Perfect Stranger: The Truth About Mothers and Nannies, by Lucy Kaylin As Marie Claire's executive editor, a working mother and an experienced interviewer, Lucy Kaylin has no problem asking tough questions in an effort to flesh out the heart of an issue and dissect the complexities - and this is exactly what she does in her book,
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