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Shadow MothersNannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering$
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Cameron Lynne Macdonald

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222328

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222328.001.0001

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Seeking a New Model

(p.164) 9 Partnerships
Shadow Mothers

Cameron Lynne Macdonald

University of California Press

This chapter examines alternative employer-childcare provider relationships and explores avenues for change. It describes the common relationships between mother-employers and nannies and shows that paid childcare can be incorporated into family life in ways that benefit all the participants. It explains that nannies who reflected on their ideal relationship also emphasized the importance of communication and mutual respect. It highlights the importance of determining best practices that facilitate successful communication and mutual recognition in parent-caregiver relationships given the fact that childcare workers are here to stay as crucial members of families' childrearing strategies.

Keywords:   childcare provider, mother-employers, nannies, paid childcare, communication, mutual respect, best practices, mutual recognition, parent-caregiver relationships, childrearing strategies

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