We were running late for school yesterday morning, so I put my kid’s cheerios in Ziploc bags so they could eat on the way there. They hadn’t finished and wanted to, so I figured this was ok. We started walking to school and saw a boy waiting for the bus with his nanny. I smiled and said hello. The nanny did a double take and then said “Are your children eating out of bags?” Oh man, I wasn’t in the mood for this. Of course I said yes and added that breakfast is important and I wanted them to finish up before school. She wasn’t having it. She started lecturing me about manners and about what I’m teaching my children by letting them eat out of bags on the way to school. I kept walking, but she wouldn’t stop. She said that kids need to learn that meals are eaten at the table and if they don’t finish, then they have to wait for the next meal. I thanked her for the advice and kept moving.
I saw her again this morning waiting for the bus; my kids were eating their cereal out of bags again. She shook her head and said that she’d have my kids eating at the table and on time for school if she was my nanny. Then she said she hopes not to see them eating out of bags tomorrow.
I can’t change my route; this is the most direct way to school. I don’t want to have an argument with this nanny, but she needs to mind her own business. What should I do?