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Nanny to Mommy: STOP the Sugar Overload!

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A note to my mommy employer: You are making my job very difficult.

girl with lollipop

Mary Poppins: Sugar is my secret nanny-weapon. I always have a lollipop, fruit snack or gumball in my bag for those little moments when nothing else will work. I know -- don't say it -- I'm a horrible nanny, and you don't know why my employers keep me around. Before you all jump down my throat, let me just say that my current mommy employer has made the sugar secret completely useless.

Where I only use sugar in absolutely dire circumstances -- say, in the grocery store when your angel is having a tantrum because she can't get her princess fruit snacks -- she uses it ALL of the time. I mean ALL OF THE TIME. Fruit snacks for lunch, juice instead of milk or water in a sippy cup and chocolate throughout the day. Getting this kid to eat is a nightmare that is so nicely left up to me. "Please have Megan eat her lunch; she has already had four fruit snacks and she needs the nutrients." Well, of course she needs the nutrients! Princess fruit snacks, while cute, have absolutely no nutritional value. I would have expected you to be aware of this. Obviously not ....

What kills me is that you do not even seem to notice. Whatever Megan wants, Megan gets. For example, last week I gave Megan a cup of water at lunch because three juice boxes a day is excessive. You told me the next day that Megan likes juice, "so please give her juice when she asks." WHAT?! This kid needs a doctor, and you need help. Giving your child everything she wants will not help her; it is going to make her a spoiled, pampered pain in the butt. Get your act together and stop worrying about whether or not your kid is "happy" with the food you give her, and be a parent.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
*Big Mama* March 24, 2010, 8:09 AM

Wow, that’s just scary! That kid’s gonna be a temper tantrum throwing adult one day!

Kristin March 24, 2010, 1:19 PM

I gotta say, I’m a fan of you, Mary Poppins! Love your articles.

This one scares me—does this kid have any teeth left or have they all rotted out already?

Anonymous March 25, 2010, 2:25 PM

just a spoon full of sugar

FrenchNad March 25, 2010, 4:57 PM

That is the difficult part about being a nanny or au pair, you have to follow what the parents wish even when you personally do not agree with it…
Wish those parents understood that giving healthy food to your children is a lot more loving than giving them what they want,… which is not always what they need.

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 6:32 PM

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