The Nanny Time Bomb: Navigating the Crisis in Child Care

The Nanny Time Bomb: Navigating the Crisis in Child Care

The Nanny Time Bomb: Navigating the Crisis in Child Care

The Nanny Time Bomb: Navigating the Crisis in Child Care


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From your baby's perspective, choosing the right nanny is probably the most important decision a parent can ever make: this book is about making the best possible choice.

Coming home to an abused, badly injured, or even deceased child is a parent's most horrific, unimaginable scenario. And yet it happens: In 2012, two small children died while in the care of a nanny. The Nanny Time Bomb is the most accurate and comprehensive analysis of the current crisis in child care, offering case studies and practical advice to help parents make the most educated, well-informed decision when choosing a nanny for their child. The book takes the reader through various types of nannies—from graduates to undocumented workers—thus allowing parents to see how the industry has evolved far past schoolgirl babysitters.

Setting itself apart, Jacalyn S. Burke's exploration of the different types of nannies offers a new perspective on child care not only for parents but also for those interested in larger sociological trends. This book gives a voice to the often-unheard grievances of nannies, showing why they may snap; explaining how to prevent tragedies; and describing how parenting has evolved. The author's examination of current cultural and social trends will be useful for a wide readership beyond parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440835216
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jacalyn S. Burke is founder and owner of Baby Does NYC, a blog focused on events, products, and services for parents of 0–24 month-old children.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Karen Kaufman

Introduction: My Story
Chapter 1. Why a Time Bomb? Risk Factors
The Intrinsic Needs of Infants
An Unlicensed Industry
Conflicted Parents
Frustrated Kids
Chapter 2. Nanny Archetypes: The Lottery of Trust
The Good Nanny
The Not-So-Good Nanny
The Criminal Nanny
Chapter 3. The Work: Intimate Yet Invisible
Hustling and Job Creep
Denial and Sabotage
Chapter 4. Child Care's Caste System: Stratification
Mary Poppins: Myth and Fact
Mammy: Slavery's Legacy
Parallel Lives: Hidden Workers
Chapter 5. Hostage Takers: When the Time Bomb Goes Off
When Nannies Become Killers: Shock, Collective Disassociation, and Aftermath
Nanny Trapped: Guilt, Coercion, and Passive-Aggressive Behavior
The 1 Percent: Privilege, Power, Pay
Chapter 6. Avoid a Time Bomb Now: Preventing the Unthinkable
Prevention: Profiling Good Nannies, Deterring Bad Nannies
Surveillance: Nanny Cams, Discovery, Action
Management: Transforming Performance, Training, and Revisiting Day Care
Chapter 7. Child Care Reform: The Three Keys
Wages and Taxes
Immigration Reform
Federal Reform
A Proposal

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What People are Saying About This

Dr. Sue Gerhardt

"As an insider, Jacalyn Burke dares to tell us things about nannies that we don't usually hear: she reveals the feelings of exploitation and mutual resentment that can fuel inadequate and sometimes even abusive care. This is a story we need to listen to. It's important not only for the sake of the children themselves, but also to society as a whole."

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