The Nanny hiring process shouldn’t stop at the time that you hired her. There are times when things are just not working out between your Nanny and your family. There are several reasons for this. It could be something personal or professional. But whatever the reason is, you should always be observant on how things are going between your family and your Nanny. This is for your family’s sake, as well as your Nanny’s.
A family’s relationship with the Nanny should be a smooth sailing one. Although you might encounter problems every now and then, there are tell-tale signs that it’s just not working out. That’s why it’s important to observe your family and your Nanny to see if having him or her as a Nanny is still a good idea.
Here are some things that you can check:
Your children’s attitude towards her
It’s either your children love or hate her. But don’t stop there. Investigate on why your children love or hate her. It’s not always a good thing that your children love her and it’s not always a bad thing that your children hate her. An example would be your Nanny’s ability to enforce rules- is she too strict or too lenient? Your children may love her because she’s basically giving them all the freedom to do what they want, rules or no rules. You can also check if your kids are afraid of her. There could be a deep reason for it.
Check for bruises
Accidents do happen. But if it’s an almost everyday occurrence, something might be wrong. One of the most important jobs of your Nanny is to take care of your kids. Although it could have been an accident, a good Nanny can prevent accidents from happening by being proactive about things. A Nanny should also be knowledgeable in accident prevention especially if you have babies or toddlers in the house. Also, be vigilant for tell-tale signs of abuse.
Is your Nanny happy?
A happy Nanny is a productive Nanny. If she is unhappy, she may neglect doing her jobs because she doesn’t find satisfaction in it anymore. She will be routinely late or worse, she just won’t show up when you most need her. If she’s happy, you can tell that the relationship is working on her side of the fence and she will be more motivated to be a good Nanny. If she’s not happy, it might be to your best interest to replace her. Besides, your Nanny might be happier somewhere else.
Is your family happy?
A productive relationship between your kids and their Nanny can result to a happy family. You have your peace of mind knowing that your children are in good hands and they’re happy. If you’re not happy, ask yourself why. Is it because you’re always worrying that your children might be in trouble? Is it because you’re depressed about your children’s latest accident?
Something’s just not right.
There’s a saying that mommies know best. It is also true in this situation. Sometimes you get this feeling that something’s just not right. Use this gut feeling to investigate further.
Don’t be afraid to change your Nanny if you think that is the best idea for you and your family. You can use an online site like www.nannytoyou.com to look for a better option and use your experience with the previous Nanny as additional information in your search.