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Why You Need A Nanny

Why You Need a Nanny

 Many young women are faced with the decision of whether or not to pursue their career if they have children.

One argument women give in favor of staying home is that the cost of child care is so high, that after paying the nanny, not enough money is left over to make a job worth while.

However, there are counter arguments to this logic.  Even if the cost of a nanny does not leave much over after you are increasing your chances for future success by not leaving the workplace.  If a woman leaves her career for several years, she often returns to start at the lowest rung.  Sometimes many changes and innovations have occurred leaving the returning individual at a significant disadvantage.

There are several ways of cutting the cost of a nanny.  If you only need part time coverage, or if you have only one or 2 children, you may share a nanny with a friend or neighbor.

For women who assume the total care of household management and total care of their children, the assistance offered by a nanny can be a lifesaver.  Often a mom’s schedule involves transporting children to various activities all at the same time.  You may also have young children who would prefer to stay home instead of being taken along to all of your necessary errands.

It can also be  stressful to keep children busy and entertained while attending to other necessary duties.  A helping hand from a nanny or au pair can be very useful.  There is no reason to assume, if you find the right nanny, that your children will not be happy and well cared for.

If you can avoid stress by getting some help, you will enable yourself to  be happier and more relaxed so that both you and your children will be better off.

Eva Klenoff

Eva Klenoff

Eva has helped families find quality care for over 34 years. Founder of Europa Domestics which remains one of the few remaining agencies offering personal service directly with the owner. You will always speak directly to Eva which ensure you get the best expert for your staffing needs. Europa Domestics currently serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, & Philidephila since 1974

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How A Nanny Changed Our Lives – Find The Perfect One Today!

How a nanny changed our lives!

One of my clients, who is a working mom, called me to request a new nanny.  She had called me several times on prior occasions, and I was always successful in finding a lovely girl for her.

On this occasion she seemed quite overwhelmed.  She needed somebody very intelligent, resourceful, energetic, and she needed her immediately.  She had four children between the ages of 9 and 15.

I found a lovely European girl who was interested in a live in job with older children.  This seemed to be a perfect fit but I did not realize how perfect.  It was a match made in heaven.

She sent the following email to someone and cc’d it to me.

“Our nanny, in her 20’s, entered our home and our lives have changed.The nanny is quite an extraordinary girl who has great discipline and a lot of common sense.  She is a strong role model for the children.”

It was a lengthy letter going into detail about how this young girl changed the dynamics and life style of the whole family.

“This nanny keeps a very healthy diet even if it means eating something different from the rest of the family.  When everybody snacks on ice cream and chips, she eats fruit instead.  As you know,  we are all  somewhat overweight.  The nanny created a game, which was a contest to see who could lose the most weight.  She encouraged the kids to exercise and jog with her. The children seemed eager to improve their appearance and just needed a nudge and a lot of praise.  They wanted to please her!”

“When I saw how the attitude of my children changed about eating and exercise I was shamed into falling into line.  It seems the nanny is a wealth of information about nutrition. On another front, the nanny changed how the kids interact.  They were always fighting and yelling at each other. She taught them to take a breath, wait until they calmed down and then clearly explain why they were upset.  It seemed that most disputes could be settled  when the kids calmed down,  presented their feelings in a logical way and she would mediate. I think Mary Poppins has entered my life.”

God willing, maybe you can find such a nanny for yourself!

Eva Klenoff

Eva Klenoff

Eva has helped families find quality care for over 34 years. Founder of Europa Domestics which remains one of the few remaining agencies offering personal service directly with the owner. You will always speak directly to Eva which ensure you get the best expert for your staffing needs. Europa Domestics currently serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, & Philidephila since 1974

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Have You Outgrown Your Nanny?

It is unlikely that the same nanny that you chose so carefully for your newborn will still be the best choice for your toddler or young preteen.

I have often found that someone who specializes in the care of a newborn is less energetic when it comes to engaging a toddler. It becomes a different type of job.

Much specialized knowledge is necessary for the proper care for a new baby. In addition to being knowledgeable, it is important that the person be very experienced. Often, part of the job involves having the baby nurse stay awake a good part of the night. We expect that a baby nurse will be very mature, and usually she will have had children of her own.

In the care of toddlers a different skill set becomes necessary for the job. It has been my experience that younger nannies who have not had children of their own yet tend to be very energetic and engage well with young toddlers. They enjoy getting on the floor and playing games, going to the park etc.

For some moms it is important that the nanny speak English very well. They feel that at a formative age their child should be exposed to correct grammar in order to lay the foundation for the child`s skillful use of language in years to come. But for other mothers the ability of the nanny to speak a second language is more important to them than having the nanny speak perfect English.

For the care of teenagers many moms seek a more mature person who the children will view as more authoritarian.

As your children grow up, the nature of what constitutes the ideal caretaker may change several times.

Of course I am making broad generalizations, and an individual may find that none of this pertains to them. However, these are practical considerations, which I have found to be significant over the years.

Eva Klenoff

Eva Klenoff

Eva has helped families find quality care for over 34 years. Founder of Europa Domestics which remains one of the few remaining agencies offering personal service directly with the owner. You will always speak directly to Eva which ensure you get the best expert for your staffing needs. Europa Domestics currently serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, & Philidephila since 1974

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Keep An Open Mind When Looking For A Housekeeper or Nanny

I have been running a housekeeper / nanny service for the past 40 years, and because of my qualifications in this field, I believe that I am an expert in finding the best help for people.

The single biggest mistake that people often  make is in the way that they narrow down  the field of possible candidates.

Very often an employer will call me to ask my assistance in finding a housekeeper or nanny for their home and say, “ my last girl was in her 20’s, from Poland and she was great.  Please find me the same thing.”  After further discussion I realize they will allow no latitude.  They do not want anybody younger or older or from any other country of origin.

Conversely, I may get a call saying,” I just had the worst experience.  I had a woman in her 50’s from Trinidad and she was awful.  Don’t send me anybody in that age group and definitely do not send me anybody from Trinidad.”

I certainly can understand somebody’s personal experience in this type of situation, but as someone who has dealt with thousands of employees, I am confident that these people are compromising their chances of finding the best possible worker.

The best applicants can come from anywhere and be of  almost any age.  Preconceived ideas based on limited experiences are simply counterproductive.  I have found the best and worst applicants coming from the same country.

Another suggestion I would make is for am employer to consider an applicant for housekeeping or child-care who has been out of the work force for a while.

Sometimes I interview a woman who has been a mom and homemaker and would now like to do the same type of work and get paid.

If an employer is at home and can monitor the ability of the person they hired, they should consider someone who does not have references in that field but has plenty of personal experience.

If your goal is to find the very best candidate to watch your children or clean your home, you should keep an open mind and make an effort to expand the pool of people from which to choose.

Eva Klenoff

Eva Klenoff

Eva has helped families find quality care for over 34 years. Founder of Europa Domestics which remains one of the few remaining agencies offering personal service directly with the owner. You will always speak directly to Eva which ensure you get the best expert for your staffing needs. Europa Domestics currently serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, & Philidephila since 1974

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Creative Ways To Save Money While Employing A Nanny

The cost of employing a nanny for parents who work a very long day can be prohibitive.  In addition, many families also need to hire some household help once a week  which brings the total still higher.

I have spoken to many parents over the years that have dropped out of the work force because of the prohibitive expenses of child-care .

Having been involved with a nanny agency for the past 37 years I have learned that there are creative ways to cut the cost of help in your home and possibly make access to a nanny possible when you might have assumed that  this was not affordable.

  • Often, a parent needs someone at home to see a child off, or take a child to school in the morning. After the children are gone there is no need for someone to be at home until later in the afternoon.   You can try to arrange a job for several hours for your nanny while you don’t really need her.   I often suggest this to a parent.  I arrange a job for 3 or 4 hours for the nanny nearby which allows her to make even more money.  This also lets someone whose needs are very part time to engage a nanny and lets parents pay less by cutting down on the excess hours which they would have otherwise  had to pay for.
  • Often parents engage a nanny for a very long day to do a job, which requires only a few hours of real work. For example: parents have one young child who naps twice a day.  When hiring a nanny, who you know will have many free hours, the job requirement should include housekeeping and some cooking.
  • Another way to cut down costs is to consider sharing a nanny with another family. If you and a neighbor each have similar needs, and between you have not more than 3 kids, this should be a consideration.

Creative ways to cut down the cost of child-care can be a lifesaver for many families. Contact us today to find the perfect nanny while saving money!

 

 

 

 

 

Eva Klenoff

Eva Klenoff

Eva has helped families find quality care for over 34 years. Founder of Europa Domestics which remains one of the few remaining agencies offering personal service directly with the owner. You will always speak directly to Eva which ensure you get the best expert for your staffing needs. Europa Domestics currently serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, & Philidephila since 1974

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What to consider when searching for a child-care provider

Of course it is very important to find the right person when you are searching for someone to care for your children.  There are several considerations, which might help you to conduct an effective search.
One important factor when searching for a nanny is whether or not you are a working parent.  Being home and having the ability  to supervise a nanny or care provider is very different from being away and, of necessity delegating much more responsibility and decision making to the nanny.
You need a nanny with a greater level of experience and maturity if she is on her own with your children for many hours a day, and if this is your situation, it would be to your advantage to look for a nanny who has either had her own children or has worked in this field for several years.
If you are a stay at home parent you can afford to hire someone who seems nurturing and pleasant but who does not necessarily have  a long track record behind her in this field.

You should be aware, when hiring an au pair, that it is quite different from hiring a local American nanny.  Au pairs are usually quite young, typically, 18 – 23, and often have not been away from their home before.  They expect to do little, if any, household chores.  As well as looking after your children, they are eager to have a new cultural experience.

Sometimes a family wants their children to have a new cultural experience and bringing an au pair into the home makes this possible.  Au pairs usually come from abroad for a year.  They speak their own native language in addition to English.  It is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn a second language and get exposure to another culture.

It is usual for au pairs to accompany you on outings with your family, to have time to go sightseeing with other au pairs, and to sit with you at meal times.  In short, you are expected to treat them as a member of your family.

On the other hand, an American nanny is more of an employee.  She is with you for the sole purpose of helping you with your children as well as household chores if that is required.

Another   consideration when hiring a nanny is the age of your children.  If care is required for an infant it is advisable to hire someone who has extensive experience and strong references with infants.  If care is required for older children, you should be more concerned with the nanny’s personality.  You would probably look for someone who is lively, energetic and intelligent.

Your  particular life style should determine whether a foreign au pair or an American nanny would be more suitable.

The Importance of Having a Baby Nurse

During the initial stages post delivery, babies are prone to unusual challenges. Genetic disorders, prematurity or other medical conditions can present life-threatening risks to these infants. The discharge from the hospital indicates that your child has overcome the most serious threat to his or her young life, yet many infants require close monitoring and care by a knowledgeable, trained and experienced baby nurse. This is why it is imperative to have a baby-nurse. These professionals are highly trained and expert in assisting the parents. A baby nurse has a wealth of information and teaching skills, including sleep patterns and infant feeding. In simple words, they are a complete solution to all sorts of hassles after delivery. Having them on your side is no less than a boon.

Baby Nurse Services

Apart from providing support and guidance to parents, they offer professional solutions to all the situations enlisted below:

  • Laundering infant clothes

  • Changing

  • Bringing the baby to Mom for Feeding

  • Sterilizing bottles

  • Settling newborn back to sleep after feeding

  • Creating a stimulating and nurturing environment for baby during waking hours

  • Analyzing and informing baby’s patterns, including sleeping, feeding and changing times

  • Educating parents about care for twins and triplets.

  • Providing parental guidance and support

  • Consulting on lactation issues and more

These are some major aspects which is why having a professional is crucial. The Baby Nurses associated with reliable care agencies are experts with a clean background. Agencies carry out a thorough background verification of each and every professional in order to give a peaceful life to their customers. You can get in touch with them and ask for a personal interview. Have a one-to-one with the Baby Nurse you would like to hire and explain your expectations well in advance.

Eva Klenoff

Eva Klenoff

Eva has helped families find quality care for over 34 years. Founder of Europa Domestics which remains one of the few remaining agencies offering personal service directly with the owner. You will always speak directly to Eva which ensure you get the best expert for your staffing needs. Europa Domestics currently serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, & Philidephila since 1974

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Baby Nurse Agencies New Jersey

Your children are the center of your world and people go to any extent to ensure that they are protected and safe at all times. However, when it comes to hiring a baby nurse, people do not bother much about the background check. At times, it turns out to be your biggest mistake. Therefore, to avoid mishaps you should carry out a good research and have a nurse for your child.

When you handover your little angels to a stranger, you need to make sure that the one you hire is skilled and trustworthy with a clean history.

Hiring a nanny can be a sensitive procedure. Therefore, there are plenty of baby nurse agencies who are associated with expert and reliable professionals. These agencies could provide you with the safest and most reliable nurses. The agencies have complete information about the nurses from their professional abilities to work history, which enables you to locate a nurse who can give you priceless peace of mind.

When it comes to having a new person at home, you naturally feel skeptical, as the one you hire is a stranger to both you and your home. If you are not satisfied with the information given by the agency and not sure of their background, taking opinions from others could be another effective solution. You can get in touch with people who employed that particular nurse previously. This will help you to understand her skills and level of reliability.

Reputed nanny agencies have extensive and highly meticulous screening procedure. All of the nannies must have at least two years experience, and have to undergo an extremely particular interviewing procedure. This ensures you will be getting only the best of the best nurse for your child.

With the help of agencies, you’ll get the opportunity to meet up with the nanny yourself and conduct your own interview.

So contact a well known nanny care agency and hire a nurse for your child.

Give your nanny clear instructions on disciplining your children

For many parents, it is quite unacceptable for somebody other than themselves to reprimand their children in their presence.  Today, there are many different schools of thought when it comes to disciplining children.  Old school discipline was not to over think the situation but to react in the moment with a slap or loud rebuke which was intended to end the tantrum there and then.  Present day methods are quite different and quite varied.

One approach is a “time out” – getting the child to an isolated place – a corner, perhaps, or their room – and letting them calm down while they view this as a punishment.

Another method is a conversation with the child, explaining why his /her behavior is unacceptable.

There are situations where children become very loud and unruly in public and clearly people express their annoyance at the parents’ response; however it is considered inappropriate for a stranger to do anything about it.  Most parents become annoyed if even a relative intervenes.

So if you hired a nanny services it is important to give a nanny clear and concise guidelines as how to discipline your child in your absence. Consider also that the child may view your surrogate, the nanny, as less authoritative than you and react accordingly. Above all you want the nanny to be consistent and follow through on her directive when it is called for.

You must also advise the nanny on what her role is when you are present in the event of bad behavior.  If you don’t give the nanny leeway to keep your child from creating havoc and mayhem, then she will be ineffectual, miserable, and probably leave.

As with most behavioral phenomena there is a spectrum, but it is best to be as clear as you can about what she can and cannot do in a given situation.

The importance of a planned pattern for discipline cannot be overstated, and a carefully thought out plan will go a long way to insuring a good relationship with your nanny and a happy and secure child.

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You like the nanny but your child does not. What to do!

This is a challenging situation to deal with.  One obvious course of action is to reject the candidate and go on with your search.  However, you must consider the possibility that this may become an established pattern by your child who may simply be seeking to have more of your time and attention.

If you are confident that this is a good nanny for your child then you want to do whatever you reasonably can to make the situation work.

Since your child is more likely to act out when you and nanny are both present it may be best to allow the nanny substantial blocs of time alone with the child in order for them to bond.

It is also helpful for you to discuss with the prospective nanny in some detail the likes, dislikes and habits of your child so that she is better able to earn the child’s trust and confidence.

For example, your child may have certain favorite games or toys or books.  Knowing about these could be very helpful for the new nanny.  While we must always listen to our children when they are expressing their feelings, keep in mind that it could be counter productive to appear sympathetic to the child’s complaints about the nanny, if in your opinion those complaints are not well founded.

Of course there are situations where despite all efforts compatibility cannot be established.  When you are convinced that this is your situation you must move on to the next candidate.