Now that you have decided that you need a nanny to help with your children, it’s crucial that you locate someone who is going to be an asset to your household-someone who is the absolute best choice for your kids, since she will be spending a major portion of the day with them. Not just anyone will do, however, even if she has impeccable references and great qualifications. She must be completely compatible with your family, especially your youngsters, and fit naturally into your home and lifestyle. It’s actually not all that hard to locate her, but it may take a little time.
Look for a nanny who really, really, loves to be around kids, and is able to communicate with them effectively. You want her to develop a good rapport with them right from the start, which is why you want to have the children present during the interview you schedule. Observe how she speaks to them, and how interested she is in what they have to say. Take careful note in how they react to her as well, because children have great instincts. They seem to know right off whether someone really likes them or are just pretending to. Trust them!
Of course, all potential nannies are going to have different and unique personalities, so try to keep that in mind. Each one is also going to have different ways of dealing with the children in their care, so it is up to you to make the decision about which of these candidates will best suit your needs, as well as your kids. You want the best care possible for them while you are away, and need to be assured that you can rely on the person you have picked to do just that. While you are away at work, your nanny is essentially going to be taking your place in the raising of the kids, so her ideas must be compatible to yours.
You want someone who enjoys spending time entertaining the kids, participating in their activities, relating to them on their level, and can handle an occasional temper tantrum. She should also have the ability to handle any crisis that may pop up without getting upset or panicky. Children are always getting cuts, scrapes, and bruises as part of everyday life, and your nanny should be able to remain calm in any situation. This is where previous experience comes in to play, and hopefully you can find someone who has worked in this capacity before, or raised children of her own, and is completely comfortable taking care of whatever may happen.
Interview, interview, and interview as many candidates as you can. Don’t be in a hurry, and take the time to look into the background of everyone who applies for the job. Thorough background checks can save you a lot of headaches later on, as well as help you weed out certain people that you would not want caring for your kids. You can hire a service to do this task for you, or with proper information, you may even be able to do it yourself. If you are considering several people however, it will be less time consuming for you to hire the service.
Remember that the person you eventually decide to hire will be the one that has a daily influence on your kids, so you have to make sure that her ideas about child raising, and yours, are compatible. Take the time to discuss this in length during a second, or even third interview, if necessary. Before you allow anyone you don’t know into your home and life, and leave them in charge of your kids, you have to make sure you have covered all your bases, and that they understand and agree with your way of doing things. You may even want to install a nanny cam in your home until you are sure that you have made the best decision possible. It is up to you whether or not to tell the person you have hired that you intend to do this. As with anything pertaining to your kids-keeping them safe should always be first and foremost.