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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Guest Post: Seven Tips to Help You Develop a Great Relationship with Your Nanny

Today, we have a guest post from sweet Sally who will be giving us some tips about how moms or parents can have a good relationship with their nanny. Of course, that is important because we consider them as part of the family and we have to make them feel special so that they will also give their utmost love to our kids. Here is the advice Sally can give us:

Once you find a babysitter or nanny that fits your needs perfectly, you must then develop a great relationship to help the babysitter take care of your children in a stress-free manner. If the relationship is not a comfortable one, the nanny will always be on edge, and the kids will feel this tension. Developing a close bond with your nanny will not be difficult if you keep our seven tips in mind that we offer you in the following info.

Tips to Help You Develop a Great Relationship with Your Nanny

1. Explain your expectations in detail when you hire a nanny. Nannying is a challenging job when the parents do not clearly define the duties of the nanny. Help make the job less confusing for the babysitter by letting him or her know exactly what his or her job duties will be each day. You should even mark the calendar with all the children's activities to help the nanny deliver them to their necessary destinations on time.

2. Pay a fair wage that is in accordance with your expectations. If your job duties for the nanny include extra tasks above those typically performed by nannies, you may need to up the wage a bit to cover the additional expectations. Consult with the nanny agency to learn more about the average nanny wages in your location.

3. Treat your nanny with respect in front of your children. Only disagree with the babysitter in private, or your children may disrespect him or her. This will make the nanny's job almost impossible to perform daily.

4. Care about your nanny's health and well being. Ensure that your babysitter has sufficient days off throughout the year to tend to such important personal details as medical and dental appointments along with rest and relaxation.

5. Discuss discipline methods with your babysitter. This is to ensure that you both are on the same page. Both of you need to support the other's efforts for the sake of the children.

6. When issues occur, sit down and calmly talk them over with the babysitter. Stay professional and do not just blow up over the problems. You will not solve issues effectively in this manner and the nanny may just quit, which will result in you needing to find a trustworthy nanny once again.

7. Express your gratitude for your nanny's excellent service verbally and with bonuses. The bonuses can be monetary or gifts such as a trip to the day spa for some personal pampering. In addition, include your nanny in special trips with the family. If you are going to Disney World, taking a cruise or enjoying another pleasurable activity, ask her or him to come along with you and your family, but make sure that he or she has free time to enjoy the trip on his or her own without the responsibility of the children. Of course, your nanny should receive regular wages during this time.

Follow these seven tips to form a strong bond with your nanny. Remember, this is important not only for your babysitter but also for your children. When you form a great relationship with the person who will help care for your children, you will retain that nanny for many years. This provides stability for your kids. If you do not yet have a qualified person to care for your children, nanny agencies will provide nannies on demand upon your request.

About the Writer

This post is written by Sally is a working woman and a mother of 2 kids (currently 10 and 8), living in a suburb of Brisbane. As mom, she learn so much about providing healthier and happier lifestyle for her kids. You can find more of her articles being featured on

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Choosing a Baby Sitter You Can Trust

Having been given the privilege to travel and work at the same time, I can already imagine myself a busy mom in the future. Well, not yet in the same shoes as my colleagues, I can already feel the pressure of juggling between trying to be a good provider (especially when you’re a single mom), a good wife and an ideal mother. How do my girls try to fit all these in a box and still carry on? Well, some of them would need to go into the process of choosing a baby sitter to juggle all their work and chores. 

choose baby sitter

Kristy shrugs and says, well, I have a trusted baby sitter at home!
Zahrih will just say, you’ll be lucky if you have my baby sitter but I’m not giving her away! (laughs!)

It ain’t easy to find someone to entrust your baby with. You will be taking all the risks! I have been a baby-sitter myself. In the some parts of the world, it could be easier to baby-sit your siblings, nephews and nieces or even your neighbors’ kiddos because you grew up in the same culture or trudged the same path of growing up. In all other races, it could be different. I needed to have a lot more patience and lots of love for kids!

Now, how do you really choose the perfect baby sitter you can trust? Having gone through a bit of a process, I’d love to share these with parents!

1.  Conduct an interview. Look at her in the eyes. If possible, ask for a copy of the baby-sitter’s CV. It may be too much to ask but in most countries, parents better be sure who they entrust their kids with even just for a couple of hours. You can even provide her a Biodata form to fill out because it is important that you will know where she lives and her family background. Ask her questions about her experience in handling kids or how many kids she have and anything that will give you idea about her personality.

2.  Good communication skills. During the interview, you will already be able to find out if your sitter is good in communicating. It helps a lot! Once you leave your kid with her, she can’t just sit and stare at your baby. She has to have the energy and the words to communicate. During emergencies, your sitter should have the guts to communicate with neighbors or key people nearby.

3.  Make sure your nanny loves kids/babies. You will see if there is that twinkle in their eyes once the baby sitter looks at your child. Moms have the instinct, so for sure, you will feel that too. You wouldn't want or even your baby wouldn't want a grumpy sitter. (lol) You have to make sure too that your nanny will care for your kids and will love them so that she will take care of them like her own kids. 

choosing a baby sitter you can trust

4.  Do a little background check. This may sound a little too much but it’s better to be sure. Well, it helps for a baby sitter to belong to a big family. That way, she knows how to handle certain situations with kids or with just your baby. It would also help if she has done it before. You may ask for references too!

5.  Health Check. You wouldn't want to jeopardize your baby’s health so you would also want to check if your sitter is healthy enough to take the responsibility. I can recall that we had a baby sitter for my younger brother who had so many lice on her head. We wondered why my brother had been scratching his head, only to find out that he got lice too. Upon knowing that, we had to fire the nanny. It was our mistake that we didn't check her health condition. At least it was just lice and not something else.

Every time I would need to baby sit for a new family, I have to undergo such process and I understand why they have to do that. And you! Yes you dear one! Before saying yes to a supposed Cool Nanny, run through the process quick. Baby sitters sure make busy lives easier but you also have to be sure it’s the “EASY” the way you want it to be. Anyway, a happy home’s got cheerful kids, lovely parents and – a COOL NANNY!

It may not be easy to choose a baby sitter that you can trust but for sure, you will be able to get the right one. Most of the time, we would hire the wrong ones first before finally meeting the right person that can be trusted in taking care of our little loves when we are busy with work and we are away from home.

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