Bringing someone into your home to care for your child can be a challenging task for many, one that is wrought with emotions and conflict. After all, you are opening up not just your home, but also your lives to a stranger.
Hiring someone else to care for your child in your absence can be an emotionally difficult and confusing process. Here are some tips that I have found to be helpful in the search for a nanny for your child.
It's a big job, bigger than most parents anticipate, this thinking about our nannies, their life circumstances and psychic and health states, the reverberations between us, our communications spoken and unspoken.
When it comes to leaving your child in the care of a babysitter, nanny or other child care provider, you have nothing but the best intentions. However, many parents unknowingly make mistakes when hiring, managing and communicating with their child care provider.
It was Caregiver Zero's astounding ineptitude and raging hostility that propelled me to learn everything that I needed to know about hiring the best possible nannies thereafter. And now I share with you the Seven Fundamentals of Effective Nanny-Hiring.
"These people need to chill", I thought, followed quickly by "they will never find anyone willing to work for them." To my surprise, though, the one that lingered was "Lord, I didn't ask any of the right questions when I was hiring, did I?"