As times have started to change, nannies have started to become a bigger part of people’s lives. It is estimated that nearly 60 percent of families in the United States have a nanny or caretaker in the home. The main thing that a nanny does would be to provide a caring, safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment so that the children they care for will develop and thrive. Since a nanny will be spending the majority of their time with your child, you will want to make sure that they are happy.
1. Offer a fair wage.
The first thing that you need to do to ensure that your nanny is being paid a fair wage. This is the best thing that you can do to make sure your nanny is happy. Being a nanny is hard work, and if someone is working this hard, the last thing that they need is to be underpaid. It will make them feel undervalued and unappreciated. You get what you pay for in any aspect of your life. The same holds with your nanny. So, if you are cutting corners when it comes to payments, then you can assume your nanny will do the same. You must consider their credentials when you are determining a reasonable price.
2. Guarantee hours.
Another thing that makes a nanny happy is getting hours. Many nannies get paid by the hour. So, by guaranteeing them hours will make them happier to work for you. You do not need to work them to death, but you should give them enough hours that they can make a living. You must be giving them a good balance between work and their personal life, just like any other job. Having a good work and personal life balance will make them very happy.
3. Talk about expectations.
Before you bring a nanny into your home, you should sit down and talk about expectations. This will make sure that you are all on the same page. Do you want your nanny to be there seven days a week? Or maybe you just want them there for school pick-ups until you get off of work. You also need to decide what responsibilities your nanny will hold. Will they responsible for all the meals or just snacks? Will you want them to help with schoolwork, or will you have a tutor? The more responsibilities that your nanny has, the more you will need to pay them.
4. Be respectful.
There will come a time when you have to interact with your nanny. When you do interact with them, you need to make sure that you are treating them with respect. They will be around your child, just like a teacher. You wouldn’t be disrespectful to your child’s teacher, so you shouldn’t disrespect their nanny. Just because you are paying them doesn’t mean that they are less than you. Plus, your child will see if you are disrespectful to them, they might pick up on those habits. Disrespectful kids are one of the quickest ways to make your nanny unhappy.
5. Stay out of their way.
If your nanny works at home while you are there, try to stay out of their way. Just like any other job, nannies have a routine that they stick to. They know exactly when to make food, give baths, do homework, and every other activity that your child does. It is nice to be involved in your child’s life. However, you don’t want to overstep your nanny’s job. You don’t go into a restaurant and tell the server how to do their job. You should keep this same energy with your nanny. This will make everyone’s life a lot easier.
6. Pick your battles.
It can difficult to work with a nanny, especially at first. The most important thing to remember when it comes to hiring a nanny is to pick your battles. They might have a routine that they like to stick to that you may not agree with. You need to remember that it is their job, and as long as your kids are taken care of, you shouldn’t stress the small things. No one likes a micromanaging boss.
7. Be a team.
Even though your nanny is an employee, they are part of your team. They want what is best for your child, just like you do. Being a nanny is one of the most intimate jobs that someone can have. You must have your nanny’s back and are on their side. There is no reason to be arguing with them or working against them. One way that you can make a good team is by staying organize together. Try placing a corkboard or whiteboard in the kitchen or living room. On this board, you can write down important things like appointments or practices.
8. Be generous and fair.
A lot of people try to pay nannies under the table. This is not legal or fair. You are employing your nanny. This means that you need to be paying taxes on the money that you are paying them. However, this means that you could also use this on taxes. Paying taxes may seem like a headache, but it is the right thing to do. You should also be generous with your nanny. This could mean a monthly or yearly bonus. You could also give them a Christmas or birthday present. Anything to make them feel appreciated and special.
Your nanny will be one of your best friends, as well as your child’s best friend. Nanny’s are much more common than many people think. They can make your life a lot easier. Even though it is a job, you should do everything you can do to make them happier. It will just make the whole environment a lot happier and more laid back.