nanny plate - HowsMyNanny.comThis is actually a great idea, and the owner of this service would like to hear from Hoboken mothers who happen to use a Nanny to care for their children. On more than one occasion I have witnessed certain Nannies uptown act in a “not so great manner”, nothing that would warrant me saying anything to them, but I’d like to let the parents know that it seemed like the Nanny would just act harsh and uncaring to the kids.

I believe that all Hoboken mothers employing Nannies should use this.

Here’s what Jill has to say:

Dear Hoboken411,

I want to tell you about a new service I just started in October.

babyincarriage nanny plate - HowsMyNanny.comI am a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor in New York City and I am currently on maternity leave with my second child. While on leave, I started a site called It is a service that provides license plates for strollers with a unique identifying number on them so if your nanny is out and about and does something bad to the baby or something praiseworthy, a passerby can get a message to the parent via the internet.

It is a growing problem in urban environments as evidenced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck from “The View” describing the “bad nanny sighting” she experienced. We are trying to encourage people to make positive reports as well so nannies can use them as almost letters of recommendation if they need to find new employers at some point. To that end, we are working with local magazines to start a nanny of the year award for the nanny who gets the most praise reports.

The magazine will feature the nanny and a local merchant will provide a small award.

We have received a great deal of press including Good Morning America, CNN, The BBC and Fox News National. We are also excited to add that we were on the Front Page of the Daily Record in New Jersey this past weekend. I have been in touch with a mother from Hoboken who is interested in the service, but would like to see it more widely spread in her town. I would love to talk to you further about this as the more people who know about the site, the more likely a mom or dad is to receive a report if there is a problem. We are working hard to keep children safe and think that this is a step in the right direction.

Thank you for your time.

Jill Starishevsky

Here’s a press release (DOC), and an article from the Daily Record (PDF).

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Friday, March 20, 2009 5:53 pm

Drivers Licence, Social security numbers,Diplomas, birth certificates, all kinds of certifications, Degrees, Doctorates all kinds of worthless Paper crap. Do you really believe they help us?
And now a LICENCE plate for a stroller.
How about a NUMBER on everyones head and back so we know who is walking when we take the videos?

What about the thousands of MOMS and Children killed in all these ongoing wars all over our planet? What PAPER WORK was needed there or did they sign their death warrant?

Come on guys LIVE UP, SEE the BIG PICTURE and stop this PETTY nonsense.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:49 pm

See, it’s -that- kind of innovative thinking that’s going to get this project off the ground! I like it!

Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:46 pm

Hey, how about the critter cam? We can strap an unobtrusive camera on their person and this way more effectively monitor their behavior patterns. A device can also be attached to dispense a varying degree of electric shock to try and dissuade said creatures from the offending behavior. Kinda of like an updated version of Clockwork Orange. Wadaya think?

Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:32 pm

That’s not a bad idea, Ocean. I envision starting a Parent “tagging” program similar to those seen on Discovery/Animal planet, where we ‘tag’ Hoboken parents with sub-dermal RFID chips so that we can not only monitor the migratory patterns of their over-sized strollers, but so that we can also quickly dispatch SWAT units each/every time we have an episode of “Isn’t my child the greatest? I’ll let him/her run wild in this restaurant so everyone can enjoy”. Keep an eye out over the next 3 months and, if you could, please report to anyone of the ‘tagging’ centers that we’ll be setting up around town. At the end of the 3-month registration period we -will- dispatch ‘tagging’ teams to ensure that all Hoboken parents are brought up to code.


Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:58 am

OK, so now that we are going after nannies, how do we go about starting

I have a baby. Just the thought of someone doing something bad to her makes me want to vomit. But this is going too far. Use a reputable agency, hire someone on the books, do a thorough background check and interview and then hire someone you trust. And if you don’t trust anyone, watch your own kids.

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