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And Nanny Makes Three: Mothers and Nannies Tell the Truth About Work, Love, Money, and Each Other

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From the playground to the playroom, mothers and nannies are engaged in a relationship like no other - they are sometimes co-parents and comrades, often confidants, and much more than employer and employee. It is a complex relationship that touches on issues of love, trust, and money. It can be a wonderful collaboration between two women who care for the same child or it c ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press
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May 29, 2016 Jordyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, 2016
Full disclaimer: I didn't actually finish this book.

I had one chapter left, but I feel like I definitely read enough of it for it to "count." The truth is that about 1/2 or 2/3 through the book it became obvious the author wasn't going to say anything new; many of the chapters were merely a rehash of what came before, in previous chapters. I feel like this book could have been just as informative as a long read on Slate or The Atlantic; there just wasn't enough to fill a whole book.

That said, I
Phew. For such a short book, it took forever to finish! Essentially, I gave it 3 stars because it spoke to me as a professional nanny. I docked it 2 stars for being so far from my reality as a nanny it was sort of like reading/experiencing it for the first time. For one, I'm a legal American nanny- it seems almost every person she interviewed was from another country. I also docked points because it was very East coast mentality (serial nanny consumption, all about flexibility to stay late/work ...more
hey! want to read about a bunch of over-privileged urban mommies complaining about how their children love their nannies more than they love their mothers? & how they worry that their nannies steal & then they worry about worrying that their nannies steal because after all the nannies are from destitute developing nations & the kind thing to do is to just ignore the possible stealing? & a bunch of other totally stereotypical, obnoxious, rich lady bullshit? yeah. neither did i. th ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has or is contemplating having a nanny or au pair.
I really liked this book; it took me back to my own child-rearing days when we had a fairly constant stream of au pairs, some good, some not-so-good, but none really bad. Life was so hectic back then that I didn't really stop and analyze the psychodynamics of our household, which is just what the author has done in this book. There are lots of "ah ha!" moments for readers who have lived through shared child-rearing, and enough content to make anyone contemplating this scenario stop and think. He ...more
Jul 21, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jen by: Claire
Pithy and experienced-based observations and truisms pepper the many varied perspectives offerered up through thorough interviews of both nannies and employees (mothers) of nannies and "help." Auerbauch has her pulse on the American culture of nannies, but she also offers a larger global perspective on the true cost of the system. As both a former nanny and a mother who hires babysitters I felt Auerbauch pinpointed the dynamics of the relationship exactly, albeit with a slight bias toward the em ...more
Nov 18, 2008 Molly rated it liked it
This book made for some interesting reading. The author raises some intriguing points regarding the complicated relationship between mothers and their children's caretakers. I didn't fully understand all of the complexities that characterize this relationship prior to reading.
Jul 11, 2008 Nancy rated it liked it
Jessika Auerbach has clearly done excellent research into the intricacies of the mother, nanny, children relationship, while her children were being watched by their nanny or au pair. It is revealing in its honesty.
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