Trusting someone to take care of your prized possessions can be a challenge especially if this someone will be watching your children. You want a nanny who is experienced, trustworthy, and dependable. You also want this nanny to keep your children out of harm’s way. If you’re looking for a nanny, you should look for the following qualities:
1. Excellent Referrals
When you’re looking for a nanny, it’s extremely important to ask friends, family, and coworkers for past nannies they would highly recommend. Think of yourself as the job recruiter. You want to find the best possible person to care of your child.
2. Willingness to Bond with Your Family
If you’re looking for a nanny, you most likely need him or her to spend a good amount of time with your child. Your child may rely on this individual for comfort or guidance. Although no bond is instant, it’s good to see the connection between your nanny and the rest of the family. You could do this by seeing how your new potential nanny interacts with your children during the interview process. It’s also important to pinpoint a nanny whose values and beliefs match yours.
3. Establishes Routine and Boundaries
Children need routine and boundaries. Routine involves children being on a consistent schedule such as when they do homework, play, or eat. This will allow your children to grow in the best possible way. It is also important to have a nanny who sets boundaries. This includes making sure the children are disciplined and that their privacy is protected.
Without a responsible nanny, what’s the point of even having one? A nanny’s main goal is to care for your child and to be there. This includes things such as picking up your child, knowing your child’s allergies, stopping your child from engaging in risky behavior, and being reliable.
All children get bored easily and they have so much energy. To keep your children entertained, a good nanny must be able to think outside the box. They should always be seeking new ideas and games for your child to engage in. Without a creative nanny, your children might end up watching TV or playing online games all day.
6. A Follower of Your Rules
A nanny who lets your kids eat junk food all day or leave a giant mess in your kitchen is not someone you would want to hire. It’s important to find a nanny who listens and follows your rules. If your nanny fails to do so, your children will take your rules less seriously and walk all over your nanny. Also make sure your nanny is able to handle authority with your kids.
7. First Aid Experience
Let’s face it. Children are prone to getting little cuts here and there, so it’s important for your nanny to know first aid. If you don’t want to compromise your child’s health, it’s essential that your nanny knows how to clean cuts and scrapes, perform CPR, and perform the Heimlich maneuver. You never know when these skills will come in handy.
8. Patient and Kind
Your children can be a handful, but the way nannies deal with it is important. You want your nanny to offer your children a helping hand and you want him or her to treat your child with respect.
Your children’s growing needs are always changing. One day they love chicken, the next day they hate it. Your nanny should be able to accept the changes between their household and yours. He or she should also be able to follow your usual pattern or routine.
10. Likes Children
If your nanny doesn’t like children, then what’s the point of hiring him or her? Your nanny should have a passion for children. A nanny who likes children will actually take the time to know your children and understand them. It should be more than just a job to them.
Life is so short. So why wait settle on anything like a nanny? If you want to make the most out of life, you need to take control and give everything your all. At the Law Office of Inna Fershteyn, we do just that. We want to help you and your family have a lively and protected life. For more information call us at (718) 333-2394 or visit our website, BrooklynTrustandWill.com