How Nannies and Au Pairs Celebrate Inauguration Day with Children
The Kennedy children had a nanny while living in the White House, Carter hired a governess, and Obama will have his mother-in-law to help care for his children while living in the White House.
Ask the children you care for what they hope the new President of the United States of America will accomplish during his term.
Do the children have any advice to share with Barack Obama for the next four-years?
When asked these questions my nine-year-old charge said he hopes the new President will make considerable changes in the world climate. The nine-year-old suggests the President encourage more use of wind and solar power and hopes that the new President will force the auto makers to make electric cars or cars that can run on ethanol. The nine-year-old also thinks all citizens should be forced to recycle. Can you tell he has read the teen version of An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore?
On the other hand, my five-year-old charge had more personal concerns and less of a global vision. He asked me if Barack Obama is allowed to force all parents to buy their children dogs. When I said the new President would not be able to force his parents to get the five-year-old a dog, my charge asked, “Why not? He’s the boss of everyone!”
The five-year-old also asked me, “Can I ask the President to give every kid a gumball machine?”
I am glad that the five-year-old has age-appropriate concerns. At least he isn’t worrying about the topics that burden most adult Americans these days.
Ask the children you care for what their advice or vision for the new President is and feel free to share their answers with us below by clicking “comments.”