Have a great relationship with your nanny

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I'm always trying to make sure our nanny feels cared for. This is the woman who I trust to take care of my kids. She's my partner, my copilot, my wing-woman in parenting. I want to keep her happy--and I want her to do good by my kids and me, too. And just like having a good relationship with my husband, that takes time and attention. Plenty of other moms I know feel the same--and have their own smart strategies. Read for yourself about the ways they've built great relationships with their nannies.

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Have a great relationship with your nanny

  1. 1. 7 Ways to Have a Great Relationship with Your Nanny<br />Ellen Seidman – Care.com<br />
  2. 2. 1. Make expectations clear with the nanny<br />2<br />June 6, 2011<br /><ul><li>If you want your nanny to help with dinner, laundry or light cleaning let her know from the start. says Betsy, a mom of one.
  3. 3. Don’t spring major new demands on a nanny, she'll feel taken advantage of.
  4. 4. Some moms refuse to ask their nannies do housework, as tempting as it may be.
  5. 5. As Judy, a mom of one, says, "Sure, I'd like some help, but I don't want to send the message that my baby isn't the top priority. She is." </li></li></ul><li>2. Care about your nanny. <br />3<br />June 6, 2011<br /><ul><li>Care about your babysitter's mental and physical health as much as you care about my family’s.
  6. 6. He/she's part of my family, and should feel that way.
  7. 7. Remember, the healthier they are, the better they'll be able to take care of your kids.</li></li></ul><li>3. Pamper your nanny<br />4<br />June 6, 2011<br /><ul><li>Give your nanny job perks!
  8. 8. For example:
  9. 9. Tape some of their favorite shows on TiVo
  10. 10. Have their favorite snacks
  11. 11. On a nanny's birthday:
  12. 12. Give a personal gift or cash in an envelope
  13. 13. Have your child draw her a card.
  14. 14. Also consider buying a gift for your nanny around the holidays</li></li></ul><li>4. Don't get in your nanny’s way<br />5<br />June 6, 2011<br /><ul><li>Give your nanny autonomy
  15. 15. Even if your nanny does some things differently, no harm done.
  16. 16. Make sure that your kids know that your nanny’s word is final when you are not home. </li></li></ul><li>5. Be generous. <br />6<br />June 6, 2011<br /><ul><li>Most moms give their nannies an end-of-year bonus (sometimes, as much as an extra week's salary), plus an annual pay raise.
  17. 17. Taking these steps lead to a happy and cheerful nanny who works hard to make your life better</li></li></ul><li>6. Speak up about big issues. <br />7<br />June 6, 2011<br /><ul><li>If you have to talk with your nanny about something you are not happy about, try to get home from work early so you can talk before she leaves or ask her to come in a few minutes early in the morning
  18. 18. Leaving notes about biggie things is not OK--your nanny, and your children, deserve a discussion. If you leave a note, your nanny might feel attacked. It's so easy to read the wrong tone in a note.</li></li></ul><li>7. Help her stay organized. <br />8<br />June 6, 2011<br /><ul><li>Create a large calendar to hang in the kitchen where you write down the kids' activities and play dates so you can remember what's happening when. </li></li></ul><li>Learn More<br />9<br />June 6, 2011<br />Read all the tips to have a great relationship with your nanny here: <br />http://www.care.com/child-care-8-ways-to-have-a-great-relationship-with-your-nanny-p1017-q3768794.html<br />Want to learn more about building a relationship with your nanny or babysitter? Go here: <br />http://www.care.com/child-care-articles-resources-p1019.html<br />

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