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Desrosiers delivers a fine starting point for those seeking a nanny, yet her coverage is unjustifiably selective, neglecting to address the entire wonderland of family types, which would have made the work even stronge
Week ending June 22, 2018 Desrosiers, Alyce. The Nanny Manual: How To Choose & Nurture the Perfect Childcare Partner. Chirp. May 2018. ISBN 9780981577302. pap. $12.95. CHILD REARING If you’re looking for a nanny who’s “practically perfect in every way,” steer yourself in the direction of DVDs. For finding a child-care option that best fits your needs, licensed social worker Desrosiers (founder, Inst. for Families and Nannies) offers some solid advice. In the business of connecting nannies to families, Desrosiers grew up in a household of nine children, where she honed many of her own caregiving skills. Here, she provides a step-by-step guide to the obstacles parents often face in making important decisions, such as how to advertise to attract the candidate you’re looking for, how to prescreen and check references, what questions to ask in the interview process, and how to create a contract. Additional sections include “Ten Common Misperceptions,” “Dads and Nannies,” “LGBT and Nannies,” and “Voices from Young Adults Who Grew Up with a Nanny,” with stories from real-life families and caregivers interspersed throughout. Verdict Desrosiers delivers a fine starting point for those seeking a nanny, yet her coverage is unjustifiably selective, neglecting to address the entire wonderland of family types, which would have made the work even stronger.—Julia M. Reffner, North Chesterfield, VA  

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