6 responses

  1. class factotum
    April 30, 2009

    At least you got to stay home when you were little. I had a boss whose parents sent him to boarding school when he was FOUR. FOUR. Can you imagine sending away your FOUR YEAR OLD??

    No wonder it never bothered him to work all the time and never see his own kids. I wouldn’t have cared, except he expected us to be there with him at 10:00 p.m.

  2. LPC
    April 30, 2009

    Four? Four? That sounds illegal. Even in olde England they used to wait until the boy was 8.

  3. accordionsandlace
    April 30, 2009

    I too am shocked by the “four”!

    I had a nanny growing up, but I did not in any way feel “raised by someone else”. My parents were still there, every evening and every weekend, parenting. It was a collaborative effort I guess, and the nanny that saw me through most of my childhood is still a treasured member of the family (and all around awesome lady).

  4. LPC
    April 30, 2009

    I believe that nannies for working parents these days are a different beast than the nannies of High WASP moms in earlier days.

  5. class factotum
    April 30, 2009

    He was Jamaican. I don’t know what the rules and customs are in Jamaica, except, of course, that four year olds from some families go to boarding school.

  6. Buckeroo
    May 1, 2009

    “Freud took the glass snow globe of childrearing and smashed it on the ground, leaving us reeling and picking up shards with our fingers.”

    Such eloquence. :)

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