In an effort not to make the same set of mistakes twice, we’ve been doing a bit of research on the nanny front. I’m looking for ideas and tips on how to:
- How to hire hire a nanny that’s a fit with the family?
- How to integrate your nanny with your family?
- How to quickly address any issues that might come up?
- How to be patient when your nanny does something that drives you crazy, but isn’t something that endangers the kids?
- How to come across as a normal family to your nanny, when really I’m learning that we are very particular about some things: what the kids eat, TV, jumping on furniture, talking with respect, etc., etc.
I’ve found a couple of resources that are useful on this front:
- Aunt Emma’s Blog: The name doesn’t do it justice, but this is the rule book on what to do and not to do with respect to hiring, firing, and compensating your nanny. It gets straight to the point and has no nonsense advice.
- Nanny Network Parent Resources: This one was helpful because they’ve posted a collection of articles from all over the web on the entire nanny process from requirements, interviews, initial days, keeping your nanny and taxes.
- Short List of Government Links: No tips and tricks here, just a straight up list of government agencies and their forms that you will need to tackle when hiring a nanny.
Over the years, Canadian Living has run a couple of nanny related articles:
- How to Hire A Nanny: This one’s pretty much what you would expect from the title
- How to speak so kids will listen – Tips from a nanny: I just liked this one
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