The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger

The Truth About Mothers and Nannies

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Baker & Taylor
Explores the relationship between women and their nannies from both sides and analyzes the ambivalent attitudes of working women toward their children's caregivers and vice versa.

McMillan Palgrave

Lucy Kaylin has written a book that begins with the watershed moment in a mother's life—when she decides to hire a proxy to care for her children. Given that it's not only affluent women who turn to nannies anymore, this arrangement is also a watershed in the history of women's rights. Women now have choices. And therein lies the problem. Having choices has forced women to confront their feelings about motherhood and work, and to make difficult decisions requiring wrenching sacrifice. It's a murky, ambivalent time, and nowhere is that ambivalence more acutely expressed than in a working mother's relationships with her children's nanny, who serves such a precious function in the private space that is the family home. Lucy Kaylin, an experienced journalist who has interviewed prominent newsmakers of every stripe, isn't afraid to ask the tough questions to get to the heart of this complex relationship. She looks at the nanny/mother relationship from both sides. As a working mother who hired a babysitter of her own, she knows the process intimately. Kaylin exposes both the great joys and the difficult emotional issues that play out when working women invite perfect strangers into their homes to help care for their children.



Blackwell North Amer
Lucy Kaylin, a top women's magazine editor and a mother who hired a nanny for her own children, explores both the great joys and the difficult emotional issues that play out when working women invite perfect strangers into their homes to help them care for their children. For some women the relationship is a rosy one with a nanny who can do no wrong. Others micromanage, often from afar, making use of the dreaded nanny cam. No matter how a mother feels about her children's nanny - a person who serves a precious function in the private space that is the family home - she will be enlightened, edified, and frequently amused, as Kaylin delves deep into this complex relationship.

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& Taylor

An incisive exploration of the relationship between women and their nannies from both sides analyzes the ambivalent attitudes of working women toward their children's caregivers and vice versa and discusses the complex emotional issues involved, as well as their implications in terms of the debate over mothers and work.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781582344072
1582344078
Characteristics: 231 p. ; 22 cm

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Jul 02, 2013

Thought-provoking book about nannying.

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