Wednesday, May 02, 2012

5 Things To Look For When Choosing A Nanny

In families where both parents are working, sometimes you have no choice but to hire a nanny; but just how do you hire a nanny? What are the things you should look for when choosing a nanny? Well, why not here it from an ex-nanny herself. Today's post 5 Things To Look For When Choosing A Nanny is from Heather Smith, an ex-nanny. Thank you Heather, for this post.

Hiring a nanny for your family is a big deal. A nanny is someone that becomes part of your family and helps your guide your children to a happy and healthy lifestyle. There are 5 important things you want to consider when you start the process of choosing a nanny:

Experience: Looking for a Nanny that has little experience could cause more damage than good to your family. Look for a nanny that has more than a few years’ experience and preferably with more than one family. Every family and child is different, so having more than one family on their resume is a good sign they have worked with families from different backgrounds. With that said if the nanny has worked a short period for multiple families, be sure that you ask her reasons for leaving to avoid hiring a bad nanny.

References: With the experience, come the references. A good nanny should willingly hand over a list of solid references for you to check out. The list should contain previous nanny employers, family, friends or educational references. Do call each one before hiring to get a feel on your nanny’s work ethic and background.

Patience: One of the most important traits you want your nanny to have is patience. The nanny is in charge of keeping your children and home in a positive and growing environment. As the parent, you understand that there can be really difficult days when working with your children and it can be easy to get frustrated. You want to find a nanny that has plenty of patience and knows how to react to a difficult situation.

Communication: It is vital that you and your nanny are able to communicate openly. It can be difficult for both you and the nanny to raise your children together. The nanny is there to aid and to practice your beliefs and ideas for your children. To be sure that you and the nanny are always on the same page, you need to be able to talk. A nanny that is overly sensitive will make it difficult when it comes to speaking up about techniques that you may or may not agree with. The same goes with saying you want to avoid hiring a stubborn and set in her ways nanny, an open mind and open heart is key to being a nanny.

Dependability: You want a nanny that is dependable on all fronts. Timing is everything in your family life; there are extracurricular activities and school lessons that your child is needs to attend. A nanny that shows up and shows up on time is very important for the function flow of your family. You want to feel one hundred percent confident and comfortable that your nanny will be someone you can rely on at all times.

This post was written by Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to become a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at

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