Good Luck Laura today! Jeremy will be in our thoughts all day! Fingers crossed!
Kim~ Such a bummer about Braeden!
I know how it is. Bodie doesn't sleep very well anymore at all. He's up twice a night still and it takes a while to get him back to bed. Hopefully he's on the mend soon. I'll be thinking of him.
Woodcliff~ I don't have a nanny but I was a nanny for a very long time specializing in infant care. I did have an agency that I used because from my end I could make a lot more money being represented. Also, I did a lot of educational things with the children and marketed myself as not only an extra set of hands but as a tool for learning as well. My age range was newborn to preschool and I basically did things to stimulate and educate all day long. For instance, if the toddler was learning about the sea and it's creatures I would take the kids to the aquarium one day, to the beach the next, and all our art projects would be sea/ocean themed that week. We had art, physical activity, kitchen help/prep, and alone time everyday. When I was with the infants we had tummy time, music time, touch-feel time, outdoor time, and alone time everyday.
My situation was a bit different because I never
lived in and the families I worked for had MAJOR money. I had a compnay car, 4.5 months of paid vacation, a 401-K, great health insurance, and only worked from about 2-5. In the beginning and when I had infants I worked from about 9-5 or 8-5. They had cooks, house keepers, baby nurses at night, travel nannies, weekend nannies, and me. I did manage the other nannies as well and book them when needed but I didn't cook or clean ever,
A nanny can be exactly what you make it. Comunication is key with your help!!!! I cannot stress that enough! Let them know exactly what you want from them and also make sure you are always letting her know how you want to handle sleeping, feeding, activities, ect. I would say that the no t.v. or computer rule is also one that will keep her on her toes and not being paid for nothing. I saw many a good nanny wasted by t.v and computers. If they aren't turned on she will be more prone to doing things that you ARE paying her for. Don't be afraid to have your help hit the grocery store, run for diapers, prep some dinner, or what ever else you need. If what you want is one on one time with your babies and a less stressful environment for you then identify what will do that for you.
Paying well will also gt you better help. I hate to say it but it is true. The better nannies know what they are worth and aren't afraid to ask for it. Remember that the nore educated ones are also worth the extra money.
Au pairs. . . While I had many a great friend that did that they were more interested in a good party, seeing America, and often were much more work. They need transportation most often and while they are less money typically they are or can be not worth the discount. God bless them and I do have some of my WILDEST NYC memories from the sweet European agency that sent them over.
I could seriously keep writing for hours about the nanny thing so if you want to call and ask me anything my number is 208-869-2627.
Annelise has finally caught something in this house! WE are going to the Dr. to make sure it's not an ear infection. We are both riddled with a bad head cold and my little gal is all plugged up with the raspiest voice ever. IT's actually kinda cute!
Good luck today Laura and Kim!!!!! HOpe Jeremy and Braeden both have good news!
Hugs to everyone!
Sorry for the book!