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I Saw Your Nanny

Tending to Baby: I Saw Your Nanny

One of the toughest things you have to do as a mother is to trust someone else with your child. It's hard enough with family members and friends, but when a nanny is in charge you just hope that she or he cares for your children as if they were their own.

Sadly, that's not always the case. In an effort to keep nannies in check and parents aware, isawyournanny.com was started. People who have witnessed dangerous situations involving caretakers can report the incidents and even post pictures on the site.

While some (and probably most) of the messages are never picked up by the parents they are intended to reach, it keeps parents and nannies on their toes. The down side is some of the posts may be fabricated or describe a situation out of context which could potentially tarnish an excellent nanny's reputation. Consider all of these things, before you drive yourself crazy searching the site.

Do you use sites like this to keep an eye or ear on your nanny?
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PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 8 years
I went to the site and in all honesty it really pissed me off. You have many women who do not work, but still have nannies. These nannies are basically raising your children people! Then you have these little outside spies that cannot grasp the concept of what a nanny goes through on a daily basis. If it weren't for good nannies there would be a lot more serial killers in this world. There are too many parents who: 1. Want to have babies, but don't want to raise them. 2. Don't know how to discipline their children. The site sucks and even had some racist undertones. If you have a good nanny treat her well!
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 8 years
I went to the site and in all honesty it really pissed me off. You have many women who do not work, but still have nannies. These nannies are basically raising your children people! Then you have these little outside spies that cannot grasp the concept of what a nanny goes through on a daily basis. If it weren't for good nannies there would be a lot more serial killers in this world. There are too many parents who: 1. Want to have babies, but don't want to raise them. 2. Don't know how to discipline their children. The site sucks and even had some racist undertones. If you have a good nanny treat her well!
cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
I tend not to trust this type of site filled w/ anonymous posts. No real credibility
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
I've read that site before, after the NYT profiled it, and I have mixed feelings about it. In the comments, there were a lot of allegations about people posting fabrications because of personal vendettas, not to mention the possibility that things are being taken out of context, like you mentioned. For me, it just made it even clearer how hard it must be for parents to trust a nanny - or any caregiver - to care for their children out of sight.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I don't have a nanny, we use a homecare. I don't think I'd use a site like that anyway, though.
kleins99 kleins99 8 years
I think mothers were equipped with good instincts. I also think it's unfortunate there are liars in the world, people capable of making us doubt our intuition. However, I think we all have the answers and would know if our nannies were mistreating our children. It's easy to read people. If you've seen your nanny when s/he's frustrated, tired, or even hungover, and you still trust them, then you're probably in good hands. I'm actually now about to start the nanny interview process, as our nanny had to leave us due to an unexpected and tragic death in her family. That's a process that's no fun at all. At least there are background checks... but the intuition is still up to me.
kleins99 kleins99 8 years
I think mothers were equipped with good instincts. I also think it's unfortunate there are liars in the world, people capable of making us doubt our intuition. However, I think we all have the answers and would know if our nannies were mistreating our children. It's easy to read people. If you've seen your nanny when s/he's frustrated, tired, or even hungover, and you still trust them, then you're probably in good hands.I'm actually now about to start the nanny interview process, as our nanny had to leave us due to an unexpected and tragic death in her family. That's a process that's no fun at all. At least there are background checks... but the intuition is still up to me.
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