Our main job as parents is to keep our kids safe and ensure they grow up to be contributing members to society. But there are often a few bumps along the way when we’re trying to find the balance between allowing them to spread their wings and still keeping tabs on them.
After a few weeks away, your child is finally home from overnight camp! While your child is excited to see you again, returning to life at home can be difficult. After all, they were accustomed to the bubble of camp, where there is a strong community and each minute is spent with their close friends and counselors. Here are a few tips to help your child cope with “campression” and transition back into life at home.
Hiring a nanny can be quite a blessing for many households. Between busy schedules, careers, extra-curriculars, and everything else that pops up in our daily lives, having someone there to lend a hand can be a godsend. That is, as long as you find the right someone to help out and you take the proper steps to keep things running smoothly.
There seems to be a rise in the ideology that nannies must inherently be all-knowing, psychic, and micromanaged all at the same time. While in most cases this is simply a (major) miscommunication, rest assured there are easy steps to take to ensure the nanny/parent relationship is harmonious for all.
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Hiring a nanny to come into your home and care for your little ones is a great choice; the individual attention and care your kids will receive with a nanny really can’t be beat. But remember, hiring a nanny automatically makes you an employer, whether you’d like to assume that role or not. As such, you’ll find yourself suddenly thinking about things like payroll, taxes, and contracts. Yikes! Another thing you may not have considered yet? Benefits. Before you hire a nanny, it’s wise to sit down and outline what, if any, benefits you’re willing to offer her. Of course, you’re not obligated to offer a nanny any benefits at all, but doing so is a great way to maintain a positive working relationship that’s beneficial for both parties.
It’s hard enough to leave your children with anyone that’s not you, but having to leave your infant? We’re talking next-level hard. But sometimes, it’s just a necessity. Whether it’s because you have an unusually short maternity leave or just feel overwhelmed and need to get away for an hour or so, hiring a nanny for an infant requires a great deal of forethought and careful screening.
If daycare just isn’t your thing, you’ll need to find a caregiver to come to your home to take care of your kids. When it comes to deciding on a full-time care provider for your kids, your two main options are a nanny or an au pair. And in New York City, you’ll see plenty of both. While these two types of child care providers are similar, they’re not the same.
Moms make rockstar employees who go above and beyond the scope of most jobs. Why you ask? Being a mom comes with a laundry list of skills and talents that most employers only dream about finding in prospective employees.
So you’ve found the perfect nanny your kids love her, she’s a great fit for your family and everything seems to be falling into place. Is there a better feeling? Maybe not, but before you seal the deal, consider drawing up a nanny contract. What is a nanny contract? It’s a written document between you and the nanny you’re hiring that serves as a basic agreement of the expectations for the role.