Are nannies as good for kids as parents?

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Are nannies as good for kids as parents?
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 4:13pm

At lunch, I was walking at a park near my office.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 04-07-2009 - 10:36am

That's such a silly assumption, that working outside the home precludes one from observing nannies in action. The whole time my older son was a baby or toddler, I was only in the office three days a week. That left four days a week to be at the park and observe nannies. The whole time my younger child was a baby/toddler/preschooler, I was in the office from 8 am to 1 pm five days a week. That left every afternoon to hang out at the park and watch nannies, if that had been the way we chose to spend our time.

I am wondering how all these Super Mommas manage to focus all their attention on their offspring and still have any attention left to take notes on nannies. Must be at least some of the time when these Mommas are *not* focusing on little Jr.

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Registered: 03-06-2009
Tue, 04-07-2009 - 10:38am

that happened to me once when Liza was a toddler I was at the park with her on one of my days off and was sharing a picnic table with some other moms and one nanny -- the nanny was going on and on sharing how horrible her employers were, how they worked so much and how she was the only one who really cared about her kids -- I"m sure she thougth she had a sympathetic audience of all SAHMs there and as we left I said "well this has been fun but my day off is over I"m back to work tomorrow.... "

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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 10:42am
I had it kind of cool when my older son was little....we'd wake up and spend a long slow morning together and then when he was bored, he'd say, "OK, I am ready to go to Tammy's now!" He was usually up by around 6 and ready for Tammy's by about 10, where he'd spend the rest of the day three days a week. By the time he was about two, he had the week divided into "Tammy Days" and "Not Tammy Days" in his head. Sometimes he wished a Not Tammy Day WAS a Tammy day, because Mom often spent at least part of the day doing housework, grading papers, working in the garden...there, but not constantly interacting. Part of that was deliberate. I really don't think that it's healthy for any kid to think that the world revolves around him and keeping him stimulated and entertained. It's really in the best interests of a kid to be bored from time to time in order to figure out how to keep himself happy and entertained.
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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 10:42am
aw come on what kind of New Englader are you if you can't embrace the ole Yankee mantra "you have to eat your peck of dirt before you die" ?
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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 10:47am
My siblings and I went through a phase where we adored sneaking Milk Bone dog biscuits. Those things aren't half bad! LOL
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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 11:05am
Ha! I ate 12 of them for charity back in high school. My high school had this annual charity drive at Christmas time called Share Joys and back when I went there, it was pretty common for students to pull a truth or dare type stunt that was based on being able to raise (for instance if everyone in Algebra would pony up enough to give the teacher $10 for the charity, I would agree to eat a dozen Milk Bones). They did. I did. The bisquits were NOT that bad, but I wish I'd been as smart as my brother, who raised $20 for eating a quart sized container of malted milk balls. (Yummier by an order of magnitude!) LOL

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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 11:11am
There have been days when I would have begged for a Beggin' Strips!
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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 11:19am
And you guys say *I* have a bacon obsession!!! LOL

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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 11:25am
My kid went on a second grade field trip to a farm and some other kid dared him to take a bite of cat food that was sitting there in a dish. He likes dry cat food, always has. So he did. The teacher got all hysterical and called the vice principal who sent the principal out to pick him up and bring him back to the school where he was checked out by the school nurse and pronounced good to go. Good to go home. They called me to tell me my seven year old had been suspended for the rest of the day for eating cat food. And I sighed and admitted, "Yeah, he does that." The teacher went all hysterical and actually yelled into the phone, "Well, he can't do that at school!" Obviously. I picked him up but did inform them that I thought getting five adults involved because a seven year old ate a piece of cat kibble was a bit over the top and asked what kind of reinforcements they were going to have to call in if he ever did anything you know, really bad?
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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 11:26am

Hey I read in "Ask Marilyn" one time that her choice of one type of food to bring to a desert island would be dog food, because she figured it had a decent amount of protein, carbs, minerals, vitamins, etc. and could sustain life!

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