Nannies behind the wheel?
We have only once had a babysitter drive our girls. Some mamas are wondering, however, how do you handle whether your kids are driven around by the babysitter or nanny? Amy emails:
I need help! We are currently in a debate with our nanny over whether or not she should have a carseat in her car for our not-yet-walking child. Her driving record isn't great (a few fender benders in the last few years, some her fault, some not), and her eyesight isn't either (she's older). Our neighborhood has LOTS of stuff within walking distance - shops, cafes, groceries, library, banks, you name it. We are three blocks from a major busline that could take her directly to a pretty park in about 10 minutes, with no connections.
She, however, wants to be able to take our child on outings to places like the art museum or music classes, where Trimet would be more of a juggle, both time - and gear-wise. She feels it would be much easier to secure our child in the carseat, and go ... and be able to get home quickly if needed. She also wants to be able to run the occasional errand, since she doesn't get a break during the day. We like the idea of some special outings, but can't get past our nerves.
What have other families done about nannies driving the kids around? What about breaks for the nanny during the day?