John Cheronis and Shirley Browner-Cheronis had a problem. They have a typically hectic life style that goes with a two-career marriage (they are both physicians), two children in different day care centers, and a hodgepodge of babysitters called at the last minute when sudden calls, beepers, and travel pulled them away. It wasn't working. What solved their problem? A nanny.
From helping older brother Chris (6) with his reading, to taking the boys to get haircuts, to squelching bathtub squabbles, 19-year old nanny Sandy Shores does nearly everything three-year-old Niko's parents would do if they were home.
``She's reliable,'' says Mrs. Browner-Cheronis, over a goulash dinner Miss Shores has made. ``And she's here all the time. My schedule is so flexible with being on call. I can tell Sandy I'm on call, and to please hang around. I don't have to take the kids someplace if I get called.''
The Browner-Cheronises aren't alone in their needs. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 8 million working mothers with children under the age of 6. Finding suitable child care is a major national problem. For those who can afford it, having a trained person in the home full time has become an increasingly attractive option.
About 20 nanny schools have cropped up around the country in the last three years to supply ``child-care professionals'' versed in everything from Piaget to Pampers. Shores was trained at the National Academy of Nannies Inc., in Denver, founded by Terri Urich three years ago after she had to quit her management-training job because she couldn't find adequate care for her daughter.
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