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Old 10-12-2008, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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I just finished reading the book "The Nanny Diaries" and I loved it. I haven't seen the movie yet but it looks good. Has anyone been a nanny and did some of the scenes in the movie ring true? I befriended a nanny whose charge went to my son's preschool and she had many similar experiences. I really felt for her-the family was so mean to her. I know not all families who hire nannies are like the one in the book but I'd love to hear your colorful stories working as a nanny.
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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Oooh--I hated the Nanny Diaries! Well, not really. It was written very well and was a compelling read, but the ending just made me sick! I haven't seen the movie because I still get a pit in my stomach when I think of the book.
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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I was disappointed with the ending, too! The rest of the book I loved, though.
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Loved the book - even the ending. While the ending sucked..it was realistic, what do you think would happen in real life? Do you think the evil witchy mom and miserable dad would suddenly become nice and care about the kid? I think not.

I have not seen the movie yet because I heard it stunk and was not as good as the book, but I'm sure I'll watch it on Cable sometime.

You may like Admissions by Nancy Lieberman as well.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:18 AM
 
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I was a nanny. I did read it and liked it as I could identify with some of it. Some of the children were excellent and well behaved. The nicer children were always those who the parents always took the nanny's word and didnt question and also trusted the nanny fully. 22 years later I am still in regular contact with two of the parents of the children I looked after.
My first job in Canada was horrendous ; I even had to get up at 6am to make the parents lunches so they could take them to work. Then i worked a full weekend non stop so the parents could go to NY for the weekend ; did I get paid ; nope ;not one dime.

The hardest thing I ever heard was one boy who was about 5, clinging to his mummy saying ; can you stay in just one night, please just one night!! That still sticks in my gut. Just one night!!

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Old 10-16-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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I was a nanny. I did read it and liked it as I could identify with some of it. Some of the children were excellent and well behaved. The nicer children were always those who the parents always took the nanny's word and didnt question and also trusted the nanny fully. 22 years later I am still in regular contact with two of the parents of the children I looked after.
My first job in Canada was horrendous ; I even had to get up at 6am to make the parents lunches so they could take them to work. Then i worked a full weekend non stop so the parents could go to NY for the weekend ; did I get paid ; nope ;not one dime.

The hardest thing I ever heard was one boy who was about 5, clinging to his mummy saying ; can you stay in just one night, please just one night!! That still sticks in my gut. Just one night!!

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How awful.

I had a friend who was a PT Nanny for a family in a neighboring town. They had a full time live in Nanny who worked 5:00 AM Monday thorugh 6:00 AM Saturday. My friend worked for the family from 8:00 am through 8:00 PM on Sat & Sunday. The kid never saw his parents, my friend quit after a rough year and the little boy BEGGED her to stay because he needed someone to love him. HOW AWFUL. She asked the MOm if she could still visit...what do you think she said?
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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How awful.

I had a friend who was a PT Nanny for a family in a neighboring town. They had a full time live in Nanny who worked 5:00 AM Monday thorugh 6:00 AM Saturday. My friend worked for the family from 8:00 am through 8:00 PM on Sat & Sunday. The kid never saw his parents, my friend quit after a rough year and the little boy BEGGED her to stay because he needed someone to love him. HOW AWFUL. She asked the MOm if she could still visit...what do you think she said?
Why do people like that even have kids?? What's the point??
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