Saturday, April 1, 2006

"White House Nannies" by Barbara Kline

"White House Nannies: true tales from the other department of homeland security" by Barbara Kline, 2055, 1585424102. A Lake Mills book.

Good book, an easy read. Kline has owned a nanny placement service in the D.C. area for several years. Her service places nannies with many prominent and wealthy families in D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

My purpose of reading Nannies is to 1) read the dirt Kline dishes out about the rich and famous and 2) be happy that I have such a normal family. Kline does not name names, but some of those government bigwigs and lobbyists have very odd families.

This excerpt sold me on the book:

"An elected official (who'll remain namelss) and his wife were so involved in their reelection campaign, they were clueless on the home front. When the nanny gave their child cereal and a banana for breakfast, he screamed for candy instead. The child howled so loudly that he woke his mother, who stormed into the Kitchen...After the nanny explained she was trying to get him to eat something healthy, the mother dumped a bag of M&M's into junior's bowl. "Just give him the chocolate," she snarled, before turning on her bare heels and going back to bed.

The only way a lot of those families get through each day is the work of their well-organized and hard working nannies. Easily working 60 hours a week or more, nannies can make fifty thousand dollars a year plus additional perks.

My comment on several families is, "Why do these people have children if they spend no time with them?"

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