5 Things Your Nanny Wishes You Knew

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In an effort to be more gainfully employed once my children went back to school, I took a job as a nanny.

It wasn’t my first go round the nanny pen; I spent time as one in college too.

And I've found, even after adding motherhood to my resume, not much has changed about the job, aside from the pay.  When I was a nanny in the 90s, I was lucky to bring home $20 for the day; now that’s what people are making in an hour, at least!

Other than that it involves standard things like cuddling babies, changing diapers, fixing bottles, reading board books, and singing lullabies off key.

So, what else do you need to know before you hire a nanny?  Here are some insights from someone who’s been there.

5 Things Your Nanny Wishes You Knew:


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Taking care of your kids is our job.  We don’t do it just because it’s fun and we probably wouldn’t do it at all if we hit the lottery.  Just sayin’.  Nannying, like every other job, is just that.  Of course we enjoy being around children, and for sure we probably love yours, but we still expect to be paid, reasonably and on time.  We want to be respected and treated professionally, and even if we are really good at what we do, we want you to remember that we aren’t you or your spouse or even Grandma and we don’t really want to be.  Be respectful of your nanny’s time, pay them fairly and consistently, and don’t expect them to treat your kids the same way you do.


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5 Things Your Nanny Wishes You Knew

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Ros Ros says:

    So true about honesty and trust but i lot of people had lose those too main character.

  2. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Fairly said! The last part is so true – a relationship that is based on trust and honesty