With all the drama surrounding the Corner Market incident I would like to take a moment to give a written standing ovation to my own personal superhero, Wonder J, the Super Nanny!
We have had quite a few sitters, and since I got really sick last fall, I have needed pretty much full time help with the kids. We went through a few nannies (some great, some not-so-great) until we found Wonder J. My process for interviewing a new person is to hire them for an afternoon and then have them play upstairs in the kids room while I spy on the monitor (Yes, I’m sneaky like that.)
The first time that J came over and I heard the way she played with the girls it was like the skies parted and I heard the Vienna Boys Choir singing Halleluiah! She was engaging, entertaining, and was teaching them things, all while being firm but gentle and keeping the toddlers in line. My own personal Mary Poppins! Although, if I am being honest she could really work on her singing, she sounds nothing like Julie Andrews…
Throughout my surgeries I knew that if Flopsy and Curly were with Wonder J, I didn’t have to worry about them at all. It took so much pressure off of me to know they were truly being loved and cared for when I could barely get out of bed. When I got a little stronger but still couldn’t manage them on my own I would go with them on outings and to playgroups.
Before my first surgery I thought I would really miss all the alone time I was used to with my girls, but Wonder J became like family. She knows just when to back off and let me have time with them and when to step in and take them off my hands because I am exhausted. And I truly enjoy her company.
Recently she had to go out of town for a month and when she got back the girls were so happy to see her that Flopsy just sat in her lap and pet her hair for an hour. I have to admit that if it were not super creepy and inappropriate I probably would have done the same thing!
That is part of the reason I was so angry that the owner of the Corner Market immediately turned the blame on her by saying that she is just a “bad nanny” who was on her phone the whole time and let the kids run wild. I think he was just taking the chance that we didn’t really know what she is like with our kids but he picked the wrong nanny to accuse of being irresponsible!
I have first hand knowledge of how great she is, but I have also heard countless reports from friends and even play center staff about how she is one of the best nannies they have ever seen. Last week I hosted a playgroup in my house that ended with 5 toddlers sitting around our table having a lunch that she made with all of the moms in the other room talking. At one point we stopped and realized just how good all the kids were being and were amazed. I couldn’t do that, I have a hard time keeping my two calm by myself. But Wonder J is a master nanny and I bow down to her skills.
I just want her to know just how very appreciated she is, and if you have a Wonder J in your life (be it someone you pay, a family member, or friend) make sure they know how special they are to you.
Oh and NO! You can’t have her number, she’s mine…my preciousssss