It’s that time of the year. Spring break is behind us and the summer looms ahead. For some it’s a time of excitement, of planning ahead for summer camps and family vacations but for others it can spell anxiety as a fixed monthly income might suddenly come to an end for months at a time
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By Amy Lage, Sleep Consultant and Founder at Well Rested Baby
IT’S HERE! Daylight Savings Time arrived this Sunday, March 8th! I look forward to this day each year as it means spring is not far behind. The buds will soon be appearing on the arms of the tree branches and flower bulbs will soon be
So back in 2009 this was my first post as a writer/nanny exploring the world of childcare …
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By Nanny XOne of the biggest grievances for employers is when their nannies suddenly take a day or even a week off sick. It’s not that ordinary people don’t understand that everyone from time to time becomes unwell. In particular, nannies who work with young children are routinely exposed to all kinds of infections. No … it’s more the fact that many employers crisis-manage: that is, deal with an issue when it arises. They also don’t like last-minute surprises – you know, that 7 am call Monday morning when you’re due in at work by 8:30 am. Some of us genuinely can’t help a last-minute call but let’s be honest, it’s rare. Most of us begin to experience symptoms before we become incapacitated. If we think our symptoms are getting worse we should mention it to our employer – just to give them a head’s up. We should also help our employer have a plan B. It’s smart to bring the subject up. It shows you are invested in the position, that you care about your employer’s own job and that you think outside the box. What’s my Plan B? Your plan b should be a person or a few persons that you know very well (not an acquaintance) who could jump in at a moment’s notice in your absence. Most of us know someone who works piece-meal or is in-between positions or works an unorthodox schedule or who is retired and doesn’t need to work full-time. It might even be a relative. The main point is that the person is a good, safe childcare replacement. The person should be introduced to the family prior to any emergency. Perhaps your family could give her a trial on a date-night or a weekend? Why have a back-up Plan?
- It shows you are proactive
- It demonstrates your long-term commitment to the position
- It takes care of a potentially big problem for your employers
The summer has come and gone all too quickly – right? In a few days time nannies all over the US will be pulling on jackets and going back to work. But unlike most other professions, our schedules can change on a dime – and especially this time of the year … so here are 5 tips to