Why being nice to your nanny counts?
As a working mother with children, the last thing you would want to hear from your nanny is, “I am giving you my week’s’ notice.” Leaving you wondering, why nannies quit?
The answer to your question would be in the fact that, and you know it –you chose to ignore dealing with those pesky frictions.
Here’s why you should work to keep your good nanny
- It can certainly be challenging dealing with another caregiver. You and the nanny may have different ideas about how to discipline and educate a child. You may each also have different expectations about what the job entails.
- It is unrealistic to hope that all aspects of your relationship with the nanny are always going to be happily in sync.
What is important for you to understand is that constant dialogue and communication between you and the nanny is crucial if you are to avoid serious misunderstandings which could lead to resentment or even loss of the person that you may have become so dependent on.
Always be ready to keep an open mind, be flexible and willing to compromise. Even though you are the employer who is paying her salary, you probably need her every bit as much as she needs the job.
I have found that it is a good idea to have a sit-down session every so often to discuss any concerns or frustrations that either of you are having.
It is important, of course, to be diplomatic when voicing a criticism. This allows both of you not to let any disagreements fester and become toxic to the work arrangement.
It is also essential to be very precise and thorough at the time of an interview to let the nanny know what your expectations of her are.
Describe clearly what she can expect as vacation time, paid sick days and paid holidays.
Once you have created an atmosphere where there is openness, respect and trust working together with your nanny will be a happy one.