WHEN HIRING A FULL-TIME NANNY – CONSIDER THIS (posted)
If you’re going to hire a live-in nanny, be clear about her roles and responsibilities as you’re leaving your baby alone with her at home while you are at work.
Recently, I hired a full-time helper to help me with the cooking, cleaning and the kids from 7 am – 7 pm.
Here’s what I learned:
1. Does she really want to be a nanny?
My first helper turned out to prefer doing housework to being a nanny.
If you’re going to hire a nanny, be sure to check and check and check that the nanny WANTS to care for babies and kids.
2. No matter how cute your baby is, she is a baby who will pee, poo and vomit.
And nobody, I repeat, nobody (not even me) likes wiping butts especially if you have to do it like 8-10 times a day! And I am her mother. The nanny is not.
3. A crying and clinging baby is MADDENING.
My baby girl is one of the cutest, prettiest and sweetest babies you have ever seen.But I can’t stand her when she whines or wails the minute I leave the room. And she seems to burst into tears at the slightest thing!
4. Cooking lunch and dinner is already exhausting. Imagine having to care for a crying, clingy baby too.
I am on my feet from 6.30 am till about 8.00 pm with a short nap in between.I have to go to the market, prepare meat and vegetables, cook, change nappies, wipe butt, listen and answer to 101 questions and put up with a whiny baby who does not co-operate during feeding time.By 6.30 pm, I pray that Hubby comes home on time at 7 pm. I am SO TIRED of the kids by then, the only thing to pull me through is a funny movie on the TV.
3 people are needed to take care of a household with 2 young children.
If you hire a full-time nanny, you cannot expect ONE woman to take care of cooking, cleaning and caring for your kids.
It’s impossible. If sheIf you’re going to hire a live-in nanny, be clear about her roles and responsibilities as you’re leaving your baby alone with her at home while you are at work.
Setting up the best spy cameras is pointless because if she’s too tired from all the housework and babysitting, she will be too tired to carry your baby properly. Or bathe the baby. One of my friends set up CCTV cameras WITHOUT telling the nanny about it.She thought she’d catch the nanny stealing or being lazy – instead, she watched the nanny kick her son in the stomach when he cried for milk. She felt so stupid – the incident happened nearly 3 years ago but she cries when she tells anyone about it.She now puts her youngest kid with a babysitter as she cannot bear the thought of hiring another nanny.
Read this guide on babysitters and security cameras.
PLEASE TELL YOUR NANNY YOU’RE INSTALLING SECURITY CAMERAS.
If you haven’t watched “The Nanny Diaries“, you should.
The nanny (played by Scarlett Johansson) was FURIOUS when she found out that her employer installed a spy camera on her. From a sweet young girl, she turned into a crazy girl who started shouting back at the CCTV!
Please remember that a nanny is still a human being with feelings, ok?