Friday, July 17, 2009

Hey crabby pants...

Dear unknown nanny,

I've now spent two hours with you at my triplets' music and movement class, and admittedly I was busy chasing one of three around the room and participating in the class, but I've made some observations that I'd like to share. First of all, I'm not sure who hired you, but I'm pretty certain that the parents of that delightful little girl hired you for many good reasons. My guess is that they anticipated that you would actively participate in their daughter's life bringing her joy as well as discipline in good measure. None of us parents expects nannies to be 'on' all the time but when we pay you to care for our children we expect a few things:

1. An attitude that indicates you kind of sort of like our child or children at least a little bit.
2. A willingness to participate in the activities that help our child grow or just entertain them.
3. A smile at our child on an occasional basis.
4. An ability to at least pretend enthusiasm when the class requires it so that our child feels inspired to participate in the class on which we have spent our hard earned money.
5. Not to see the following behaviors: frowning at our child while smiling at everyone elses', sitting still when it's participation time, not singing the introductory song, or ripping of drumsticks or cymbals out of our child's hands disapprovingly when it's FREE. INSTRUMENT. TIME.,

Now, I don't know about you, but I'm inclined to tell on you. If I could find the parents of your charge and let them know that somehow they hired a surly, unhappy, non-participating, misses the entire point of music and movement class nanny, I think they'd be glad I told them. However, in a city of millions, my chances of reaching them are miniscule. However, if I have to dance through one more class while watching your black cloud stifle the joy of your charge I may find a way. I and my nanny can NOT be the only ones encouraging your charge to sing and dance freely as is the POINT OF THE CLASS. Unless you are taking her home to a glass house wherein she is not allowed to be a child, then I think she's allowed to make some noise and have fun in this class. Capiche? Liven up and chill out for goodness' sake or I might smack some happy into you personally.



  1. This is GREAT. And #5 was the worst...although the previous are bad too. Someone hired her and I assure you, have not a clue. NannyCam time!

  2. Yucky nanny!

    Stopping by to let you know you're on my list of blogs I ♥ visiting!

    Have a great Saturday!

  3. Aw, now this post makes me sad. Bad nannies are actually very rare so it's upsetting you've got one in your music class! =( Maybe her employers are awful towards her and it makes her resent the things they expect her to do. I don't know, and I'm not making excuses for her. It is disappointing though. Especially when I think about MY OWN experiences in music classes....especially with other nannies in the classes as well.