Five Tips on Hiring a Nanny for the First Time
Ensure your expectations are clear.
Before hiring a nanny, it's important to make sure that your expectations are clear from the very beginning. Miscommunication is the number one cause that leads to frustration and occasionally parting ways. Prepare your list of expectations before presenting them to an agency or nanny.
Make sure your parenting and discipline styles align.
It's important to make sure that the nanny you hire shares your same parenting style, especially because your child will be in your home and you want all discipline and parenting methods to be on the same page for the security and reliability of your child. If you do not believe in time-outs, then you do not want to hire a nanny who uses time-outs as her main form of discipline.
Make sure your personalities are similar.
A nanny is essentially the third parent in the household, so it's important that the nanny not only gets along with your child but that they get along with you and your spouse as well. If you are a shy and timid family, then you ideally would want a similar personality to match your household.
Be open and honest.
Honesty is one of the most important aspects of any relationship, and when you hire a nanny it is extremely important to remember that honesty and open communication are what will keep the relationship running smoothly. We suggest having reviews every 3-6 months just to ensure that you and the nanny are on the same page and are both still happy with the employment.
Have a contract.
This goes back to having your expectations in place prior to speaking with a nanny. When you hire a nanny, it's so important to have a contract to ensure that both parties are fully aware of the expectations for the position. Having a contract will help avoid miscommunication and awkward conversations, because both the nanny and yourself know what is expected during the employment period.