How to be a "Nanny keeper"

2014-12-08 21:21

Finding and keeping a good nanny is mission. When it comes to nannies we all have our fears and perceptions. With all due respect around their work and what they do we often think nannies have the best jobs in the world. We assume they sleep on the job, eat as they please and get entertained by Africa Magic while on the job.

The amount of stories they will give us on a Monday when they need to come back to work makes us to conclude that they don’t take their jobs seriously.

As domestic dishonesty is on the rise they can be a high risk if they are not managed properly. As we are approaching the New Year I would like to share a few tips by Tasha Blaine, author of Just Like Family I call them Rules of engagements. Hoping that after this article I too will be a nanny keeper.

  1. DON’T treat your nanny like family – unless you also treat her like a treasured employee.While a great relationship boosts a nanny’s self-esteem and commitment, many prioritize professional respect over intimacy.
  2. DON’T ask her to scrub your toilet. While most nannies will cook, clean and do laundry for the children, they resent being asked to broaden those housekeeping duties. There is a clear status line in your home between housekeeper and nanny. so you don’t insult her.
  3. DO have a full refrigerator. Make sure there is food that she likes. Full-time nannies don’t bring lunch to work. They expect to eat what you’ve got in the house. Don’t let her go hungry
  4. DO set up regular performance reviews. A review once or twice a year is a great idea for nannies. Working inside a home can be isolating and frustrating. Nannies appreciate being taken seriously, and a review is a good way to emphasize that they are professionals doing a job.
  5. DO accept this is a learning process. Expect to make mistakes when you hire a nanny and take those as a lesson learned.
  6. DO praise her. Being a nanny is a tough job that carries very little status. Some encouragement and praise will go a long way toward boosting her morale.
  7. DO assume the nanny is observant. If there is one thing nannies hate, it’s when people think they’re too stupid to pick up on clues. Your nanny is fully aware of everything going on in your home. Try not to keep secrets for too long especially ones that affect her job.
  8. DON’T expect Superwoman. Yes, the nanny is paid to do a job, but don’t have unreasonable expectations.
  9. DON’T install a nanny cam. If you are suspicious, approach your nanny with your concerns instead of going straight for the nanny cam. If you don’t get the response you’re looking for, then this probably isn’t the right woman for you anyway. Another option is to drop in on your nanny and child unexpectedly to get a sense of their day
  10. DON’T micromanage. Nobody likes a boss breathing down her neck, and nannies are no exception. Check in with her and ask your children questions. But as your trust in your nanny builds, step back and let her do her job. She might not do everything as you would, but if your child is happy and healthy and safe, that’s just fine.

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