Monday, July 18, 2005

kline's white house nannies

After struggling to find good childcare in the Washington, D.C., area, Barbara Kline decided to open her own nanny business, White House Nannies. White House Nannies caters to the nation’s most influential people – those that run the country and still find the time to have a family. Over the twenty years that her agency has been in business, Kline has managed to garner a collection of anecdotes and stories that are not only funny, but also serve as a lesson to anyone with a baby, considering having a baby, or taking care of a baby. Even those considering opening their own small business can benefit from this book, as they can read the trials and tribulations that Kline herself has endured in running her nanny agency. Over the years, Kline has become an expert on the state of the childcare crisis in America and how difficult – and important – it is to find quality childcare. Not only does she give vignettes of good and bad childcare experiences, Kline also offers a practical guide on looking for childcare, from giving advice about how to get along with your nanny to how to deal tactfully with outrageously demanding customers. Kline delves into the childcare crisis that came to the nation’s attention after the "Nannygate" scandal in the 80s and explains that many parents view their nannies as "somewhere between a pet and an invisible life form,"” all the while seeming to forget that this is a person that they have entrusted to take care of their child for 10 or 12 hours a day. The book’s pace takes a little getting used to, but it’s still an overall good and fast read.


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