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Not my cup of tea
on 20 November 2008
This is not a bad book, but I felt I ought to write a little review as the very positive reviews on here so far I found to differ from my experience. We have two little boys and have a number of books, but saw this and thought it would give us some real extra help. As most reviews have focused on the positives I will highlight the negatives. I'm sure this book is interesting reading if you are a nanny for a wealthy family but frankly it's a bit annoying to be told numerous stories about how mummy had to jet off to Paris and the traumas they had staying in a 5 star hotel etc. Secondly, to me this book was marketed as advice from "English Nannies" but I think these ladies have spent too long in the states with starry eyed employers and the continual use of American words i.e. jelly for jam and candy for sweets I find grating (hey I'm fussy and maybe the book is really intended to sell on the other side of the pond). Finally we tried to find some key topics in here to give us some advice, such as toilet training, but unless I'm completely wrong it's just not included.
So in summary nice book if you want to know about nannies working for rich people, some of the advice is good but not much that you would not find in one of the more practical guides and probably presented in a more factual way - i.e. when you are running around after two boys do you really have time to read a whole chapter on how to get them to sit at the table, I prefer the simple straight talking approach of books such as "what to expect the toddler years"
My opinion only so take it with a pinch of salt and in conjunction with all the gushing praise here too and decide if it is for you.