SPEAKING OF WHICH, WE JUST CALLED OUR NANNY AND ASKED HER TO JUST GIVE FELLOW AND TINY BANANAS AND SLICES OF RAY'S PIZZA FOR DINNER. HEY, GET OFF OUR BACK, WE'RE EXHAUSTED

In today's Thursday Styles, Jodi Kantor writes about the (allegedly) high-pitched battles between nannies and their tightly-wound employers over stringent new parental demands that their kids eat only healthy, organic, low-fat, homemade meals. The parents in the article seem to have no intention of actually preparing, serving, or sharing any of the meals with the children themselves. But (allegedly) woe to any nanny who slips up and offers a preschooler a bottle of Yoo-Hoo under the new regime.

Here's where our eye-rolling began, in case you're keeping score at home:

 

The issue is a trying one even for those gifted in the delicate art of parent-nanny diplomacy. The conflicts are partly a result of the educational and economic divide that leaves many nannies less knowledgeable (or neurotic, take your pick) about nutrition than their employers.

And here's where we stopped reading altogether:

To up the emotional ante, the current nutritional wisdom says that what children eat may set their tastes in place permanently. In this view, a hot dog is never just a single tube of meat, because it will lead to thousands of salty, processed, who-knows-what-filled lunches to come.

By the way, we rarely write about our own Child-Care Professional on this site, but she is in fact a consummate pro, and, as relates to the topic at hand, she does a far better job of serving healthy, balanced meals to the kids than we do. Maybe next week Thursday Styles can offer its readers the inspiring story of how she overcame our "educational and economic divide" and figured out all by herself  how to give the children servings of fruits and vegetables with each of their lunches.

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