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For those in the middle of a rewarding career, having a child can create a milestone that can be difficult to pass. As a great amount of time and energy goes into the care of your child, you could be like many others and feel lHoike a piece of you is missing. There is no doubt that your child fills a large portion of that gap. However, many people are drawn to their careers and the work itself becomes a lifestyle that you may wish to continue. This is where the nanny comes in to save the day.
1. Work – Obviously, hiring a nanny can get you back to work. Your career is important to you mentally and financially. While it is true that hiring a nanny adds another bill to the pile, the freedom you receive to advance your career may be well worth the extra money. The ease of mind you have while at work knowing your child is in safe hands is worth nearly any amount as you feel you have the best of both worlds.
2. Personal Time – Even the most successful of family therapists and instructors will suggest having alone time for yourself. After all, how can you care for a child if you can’t even care for yourself? Depending on the agreement you have with your nanny, you could easily be accommodated for time away from your child. This doesn’t mean you don’t love the child any less. You need time for yourself in order to gather your own thoughts and relax. Stress can build up and make you miserable which the child can sense even at an early age and in turn could make them miserable.
3. Live-in – Hiring a live-in nanny could make all the difference when dealing with careers that have relentless hours of operation. Although some may be skeptical by using a live-in nanny for full-time care of your child, it could mean the difference between continued success and the unemployment line; which no one likes to be in. Having a live-in nanny doesn’t drive a wedge between yourself and the child, as long as you dedicate quality time with him or her.
4. Scheduling – Agencies that provide nannies operate a variety of schedules that can be tailored to fit your needs. Whether they are temporary or summer help while school is out, scheduling is usually never an issue with these professionals. If you have a school-age child, summer care could be a burden to find. Why put yourself through that kind of stress if you can find a nanny that can balance it out?
5. Salary Nannies – Nannies that agree to salary terms could save you a great deal of money and headache. Unlike an hourly rate nanny, a salary based income isn’t inclusive of overtime hours. This means that a 48 hour week isn’t subject to 8 hours of overtime at time-and-a-half. However, a 22 hour week for the individual still rakes in the full amount. Depending on your weekly needs, you are able to balance a well-rounded pay schedule that everyone is happy with.
A nanny is more than just a mere baby sitter. This individual will become a part of your child’s development whether he or she is a live-in nanny or not. You need to choose your nanny wisely as there is so much at stake. Confidence in your new employee is just another way that these individuals can bring peace and balance to your life.
Ken holds a master’s in business leadership from Upper Iowa University and multiple bachelor degrees from Grand View College. As president of morningsidenannies.com, Ken’s focus is helping Houston-based parents find the right childcare provider for their family. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife.
*A nanny can relieve you of some of your work/life imbalance stress. Just as you may have support staff at work because you can’t do it all by yourself, having support staff at home can serve a similar purpose. The nanny can help not only with childcare but also with housekeeping, meal preparation, errand running, etc.
*A nanny can increase the proportion of your total time with your children that is spent in quality-time activities. It is likely that some of the time that you spend with your children each evening is spent helping your children with their homework, prodding them to brush their teeth and get ready for bed, and performing other tasks that take away from your quality time with them. Adding a nanny to your household, however, can change that. The nanny can help your children with their homework before you get home from your workday. She can be responsible for prodding the children to brush their teeth and get ready for bed. Your evenings with your children can be spent doing quality-time activities such as having the children tell you about their day, reading stories together, cuddling, and bonding.
*A nanny can provide children with additional supervision. If you have three or more children, you may, at times, feel “outnumbered” by your children. Hiring a nanny can shift the adult-to-child ratio in your favor. This will diminish the opportunity for accidents to happen when one child is unsupervised while you are busy attending to another’s child’s needs.
*A nanny can provide reinforcement to parental instructions and boundaries. For example, if your 12-year-old is upset because you have told him that he cannot have a boy/girl slumber party, your nanny can provide him comfort while also helping him understand and accept your boundary.
*A nanny can provide new influences for your children. If you want your children to learn about foreign languages and cultures, a foreign-raised nanny may be an excellent choice for your family. She can speak one or more foreign languages to your children and teach them about the foreign cultures associated with that/those foreign language(s).
*A nanny can provide parenting expertise. If you have one or two young children, you may consider yourself to be an inexperienced parent. A seasoned nanny, by contrast, has raised many children. She has had far more childrearing experiences than the typical parent of one or two young children has had.