Forget the Bugaboo stroller. The new status symbol for parents everywhere is a Tibetan nanny, according to MSN.
For the past several years, Tibetan nannies have been all the rage in New York City, writes Susan Gregory Thomas at MSN. On message boards and playgrounds, some parents claimed Tibetan nannies were "very balanced and Zen" and aided in children's "spiritual development."
The demand for Tibetan nannies became so great that the Diki Daycare Center in Astoria, N.Y., began offering a Tibetan nanny referral service.
"Tibetan women are well known for being caring and loving nannies," reads the flyer. "They are recognized for becoming 'one of the family' and offer the same compassion and quality of care for their charges as they do their own children. Cleanliness, organization & dedication to education are values of Tibetan culture."
Some non-Tibetan nannies say this is pure racism, and are beyond pissed that they are being discriminated against.
Of course, in many parts of the country, nannies are an unheard-of luxury ... so maybe this is a New York thing?
Are Tibetan nannies a status symbol where you live?