Received Friday, June 25, 2010
Nannies are people, not superheros........sounds like a "duh" statement I know, but did you know there are people who think Nannies are impervious to "normal, everyday life" because they are employed to work with children.......you know, the children that may have gotten an early call on their life to throw a tantrum at every "no?"
While "she" may be a "hero" in our eyes from time to time because she got Trevor to eat his broccoli or got Elle to clean up her toys without a promise of a treat, she's just doing her job.......but let me re-phrase, she sees it more than "just a job." Nanny chose to watch your children. She wants to help your children learn & grow. She wants to help you by helping them.
So here are 10 ways you can make your new Nanny feel welcome ---because she chose your family just as much as you chose her.
1. Make or buy a "welcome home" card. Even if she's not a live-in Nanny, she will be employed within your home, so a welcome home card is totally fitting. If children are of age to help, perhaps have them make it.
2. Find out what foods/snacks she likes and stock your pantry/fridge with her favorites.
3. Introduce her to your extended family so when you are talking with her about them, she knows of whom you are referring and will feel attached to the conversation.
4. Share with her your favorite lunch spots and offer to pay for her lunch a couple of times a month, she will feel included in "your life."
5. Encourage her to join a Nanny Support Group. They are essential in Nanny's life as it offers an outlet to speak with other professional Nannies about the daily experiences.
6. Show her you value her by remembering her birthday and anniversaries. Have the children make cards and/or presents.
7. Immediately include her in parenting decisions so she's always on the same page, you will gain her gratitude.
8. Speak to her as you would a good friend. She will always remain the professional and not take advantage of your kind words.
9. When you see your Nanny stepping out and really going above and beyond, reward her for it.
10. Always, always, always, talk with her about your concerns away from the children. She will be very thankful for your decision to do so.
Most of all.......let her know what a huge help she is to you and your family!