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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 23, 2006 / 1 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Yuppies, get over your guilt and spy on your nannies

By Lenore Skenazy


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At first, it was hard not to think in those terms when I heard about How's My Nanny.com, the new service that lets a parent pretty much track her nanny's every move.


For $50, How's My Nanny sends out a little stroller license plate. If a passerby sees a child being mistreated, all she has to do is log onto the Web site, enter the plate number and — anonymously if she chooses — turn the nanny in to The Man. Er, spill the beans. How's My Nanny forwards the e-mail to the parents.


Can you imagine the kind of crimes that will be reported? "Parents of stroller #93: Your baby-sitter fed your twins a NONORGANIC snack." "Nanny #65 failed to applaud your child's cartwheel!" "Nanny #8 was talking on her cell phone for nine minutes. I timed her because I thought you should know."


Oh, G-d, thought I. The yuppie stay-at-home moms are going to be ratting to the yuppie go-to work moms and who's going to end up paying the price? The poor, underpaid, underappreciated nannies.


I called MY ex-nanny, Joan, to sympathize.


She told me to get real.


"Believe me, Lenore. This is going to help."


Just last week, she said, she saw a nanny hit a boy on his mouth. "She slapped him so hard, I thought his mouth would be cut." said Joan. "Sometimes you see some nannies treat these kids so badly, you wish you could just find the parent."


Joan always did set me straight. The fact is, there are some terrible nannies out there — just as there are terrible employees in every field. (But no terrible bosses, boss. Really!) Truckdrivers ride around with "How's my driving?" bumper stickers. Cabbies have that sign telling us exactly how to report them. Employers have a right to know if their employees are out of control — especially when kids are at stake.


The nannies I spoke to believed in How's My Nanny more than anyone. Go ahead, they said: Slap on a plate! They weren't worried — they're professionals, proud of doing a good job. And, for that matter, most of them are moms themselves.


Years ago my friend Jenny had a nanny who took a week off. While she was gone, Jenny strolled her baby to the local parks and gradually, the other nannies approached and told her what her nanny had been doing between playdates.


Dealing drugs. No joke.


Jenny had never wanted to have a nanny-cam or anything like that. "I chose not to have one because of my liberal 1970s upbringing and I think you should be able to trust your nanny."


You don't have to be an evil, yuppie, organic snack-obsessed mother to hang a license on your stroller. You just have to be as wise as a good nanny.

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