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• Contains explosive new information about the child care industry

• Analyzes the roles that race, immigration, gender, class, and culture play in child care practice

• Offers parents a definitive guide to making the best child care choices

• Presents a realistic picture of the child care industry today based on 10 years of direct, on-the-job experience

The Nanny Time Bomb: Navigating the Crisis in Child Care

From your baby’s perspective, choosing the right nanny is probably the most important decision a parent can ever make: this book is about making the best possible choice.

“As an insider, Jacalyn Burke dares to tell us things about nannies that we don’t usually hear: she reveals the feelings of exploitation and mutual resentment that can fuel inadequate and sometimes even abusive care. This is a story we need to listen to. It’s important not only for the sake of the children themselves, but also to society as a whole.”

(Dr. Sue Gerhardt, Psychotherapist, Author of Why Love Matters and The Selfish Society)

Coming home to an abused, badly injured, or even deceased child is a parent’s most horrific, unimaginable scenario. And yet it happens: In 2012, two small children died while in the care of a nanny. The Nanny Time Bomb is the most accurate and comprehensive analysis of the current crisis in child care, offering case studies and practical advice to help parents make the most educated, well-informed decision when choosing a nanny for their child. The book takes the reader through various types of nannies—from graduates to undocumented workers—thus allowing parents to see how the industry has evolved far past schoolgirl babysitters.

Setting itself apart, Jacalyn S. Burke’s exploration of the different types of nannies offers a new perspective on child care not only for parents but also for those interested in larger sociological trends. This book gives a voice to the often-unheard grievances of nannies, showing why they may snap; explaining how to prevent tragedies; and describing how parenting has evolved. The author’s examination of current cultural and social trends will be useful for a wide readership beyond parents.

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