Multimedia, May 13, 2014: Listen to EHRP co-editor and staff writer, Alissa Quart, in a radio companion piece to her article “Who Takes Care of the Nanny’s Kids?” Here is an excerpt from the transcript as it aired on “The World” on WPRI:
Blanca doesn’t live across town from Guido, or even in a different state. She’s in New York City and he’s in Paraguay.
Ten years ago, Blanca came to the US, to make money to send back home. She’s worked as a nanny, raising other people’s kids. Moms like this, who live far away from their families, are sometimes called transnational mothers. And there are many in New York City and across the country. A good number work as nannies.
But now, after a decade apart, Guido’s coming to America to reunite with his mother. Blanca knows it’ll be complicated. She worries that Guido will miss his grandmother, who has raised him for the past 10 years.