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Word for Word: The nanny diaries tell all
Published October 7, 2007
Nannies, watch yourselves. You could be under the critical eye of a tattling community of bloggers.
On www.isawyournanny.blogspot.com, created by a former New York nanny who remains anonymous, a nationwide network of nanny narcs can send submissions detailing observations of goodand - much more often - bad public nanny behavior.
Nannies are never named and the occasional photo submissions are often redacted with conspicuous black bars over the eyes. But the written details give away plenty.
In an entry titled "Westshore Plaza Play Area in Tampa, FL," someone observed a Hispanic nanny ignoring someone's 3-year-old daughter, described as "well-spoken and friendly, wearing a matching Dora skirt and shirt." Plus, the blog poster said, "another mother told me she had seen the very same nanny, on a previous occasion at the same location, leave the little girl and her sibling in the play area ALONE and unwatched while she left and went shopping for nearly an hour."
Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of reports come from New York City, where nannies are as common as fire hydrants. And sometimes just as useful, if you believe what you read in this blog. See an excerpton Page 5E.
Emily Nipps, Times staff writer
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Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY: There is much talk today about your ALBINO nanny. I am guessing she needs no further physical description. This morning she took your 3 year old child to Prospect Park. She took him over to the area by the picnic tables which are located near the 9th St. entrance. The child remained strapped in the stroller. This is not even a nice area of the park. What did the albino nanny do? Flip open her cell phone and start chatting. This went on for a solid hour between 9:30 and 10:30 AM this morning, 9/24. The child was doing nothing. Just sitting there. If you don't know the area, there are nice open areas and a great playground. I am guessing the child's parents think he was at the park PLAYING.
(Anonymous, 2:05 p.m.) A 3 year old strapped in a stroller for all that time???
The child should have been able to run around and play.
I don't like this type of nanny
(Quinn, 3:02) The albino has got to go!
(Anonymous, 3:45) If I was an albino nanny, I think I would bring my A game to the park. There cannot be a whole lot of mystery as to who this is.
Is she pink eyes and everything?
(Anonymous, 4:11) fire the albino nannie...poor little one..
parents wake up....
(Anonymous, 5:02) Only albino animals have pink eyes. Albino people have blue eyes, and are visually impaired. (They usually see at about 20/200).
(Anonymous, 5:39) I believe I know this nanny, and I've seen her in the park on numerous occasions and she's been lovely. Besides, I've sat in the park with my son in his stroller many times while I've chatted on the phone (safer than having him run around while I'm preoccupied) - maybe not for an hour, but I wasn't timing myself.
(Why, I'm Jenisis, of course, 8:24) Meh, this wasn't that bad.
(Anonymous, 4:34 a.m.) Are you telling me other people were sitting around staring at the nanny with the child? Where they staring at the child being in the stroller for the so called hour. Or because it was a Albino nanny?? Some people are really rude staring at someone that is different.
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