Monday, July 09, 2007

The weekend nanny

The adorable red-haired, fair-skinned baby couldn't have been more than four or five months old. It was lying in a Snap N Go stroller at the park where I was playing with Tikva. Tending to it was a lady who was obviously not its mother; she looked and sounded West Indian.

Why have children if you're not going to spend any time with them? An infant that young is not a difficult charge; it basically wants to be fed, changed, held, and interacted with. Sing to it or read it the Wall Street Journal -- it's happy either way.

I can see needing a nanny during the week, when you've got a job to go to. But on the weekend, why don't you want to play with your own baby?
Copyright (c) 2007 "Ayelet Survivor"


  1. I agree with you in principle that people should spend time with their kids.

    But as for the redhead baby - you don't know the facts. There could be a million reasons why her parents needed to leave her with a babysitter that day - a wedding, a funeral, a hospital visit, moving day, etc. etc. etc....

  2. Also, some people do work weekends. Police officers, firefighters, hospital and healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, etc. are not M-F, 9-5 jobs.