Managing a Home-Centered Childhood

Cameron Lynne Macdonald

in Shadow Mothers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780520222328
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947818 | DOI:
Managing a Home-Centered Childhood

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This chapter presents management and monitoring strategies put in place after the caregiver has been hired. These strategies that range from micromanagement to benign inattention that assumes the existence of an intuitive connection between employer and nanny and each of these treats the caregiver as an extension of the mother rather than as an individual with her own distinctive relationship to the children. The objective of these strategies is to orchestrate the daily lives of the nanny and children to mirror the employer's image of the care she imagines she would provide if she were an at-home mother herself.

Keywords: caregiver; management strategies; monitoring strategies; micromanagement; mother; children; nanny; at-home mother

Chapter.  9871 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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