I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Monday, May 7, 2012

Nannies On TV

Me - Nannies on TV, wow! On one of my favorite shows, Jessie, is a girl who came to New York to find a job and  a little  girl Zuri got her family to hire Jessie to take care of her brothers and sister and herself.The show is sort of a spoof on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie except for they spend time with their kids and on Jessie the parents don't. The parents have only been in like three episodes each and they are always off working and making movies and stuff. However, you always see pictures of Brad and Angelina and their kids. In a few episodes, there was a super duper mean nanny named Agatha. She was nice to her kids but not other nannies and their kids. She was already on two episodes, and she is going to be on the next new episode. I can't wait! It looks like a really good episode where Agatha's sister tries to take over Jessie's job. On TV, they make it seem like it is fun to have a nanny. The kids don't even seem to care that they hardly ever even see their parents. However, I am glad that I never had  a nanny, and my Mom and Dad have always taken care of my sister and brother and I.

Mom - When I was young, there was a show called Nanny and the Professor.  Nanny was wise and even magical, but not particularly funny. There was Alice on The Brady Bunch  who was more of maid than a nanny. It was strange to me that she actually lived with the Bradys. They allegedly were just an average middle class family, and I didn't know any average middle class families that had live in maids. Also, Alice seemed a little too happy to be living with and serving a family that wasn't even her own. In fact, she seemed a little too happy in general. I mean who is that happy about having to pick up and clean up after other people and barely having a life of their own (although she did occasionally get to date Sam the butcher). On The Nanny with Fran Dresher, the nanny was always funny and sometimes wise. However, it was kind of hokey that she ended up falling in love with and marrying her boss, Mr Sheffield. On Who's the Boss, Tony and Angela also fell in love after they met when she hired him to take care of her house. He wasn't really so much of a nanny though just a housekeeper. Nowadays, there is Jessie on the Disney channel. She is bit younger than most of the other nannies I have seen on television. She literally fell into her job and in lot of ways seems to be learning right along with her charges. Also, unlike most TV nannies, she like Alice actually works for a family with both a mother and  a father. The family clearly seems to be a spoof on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their family with parents with high powered careers and a bunch of multicultural children including a daughter named Zuri (Brad and Angelina have a daughter named Zahara). Ironically, while I am sure Brad and Angelina must have nannies with all those kids and their busy movie careers, they do seem to spend a lot of time with their kids. You always see pictures of them with one or more of their kids. The parents on Jessie, however, hardly ever spend any time with their kids which doesn't make them very good parents because it's fine to have a nanny if you need to and can afford it, but that doesn't excuse parents who don't spend any quality time with their own kids.

And that's our view?

Tune in Thursday for another topic.