What’s in a name? part 3 (almost done!)

So…I got a little of track and distracted by the weekend and all that wonderful time in the kitchen and forgot to finish off this idea of childcare defined by it’s name, my apologies!

Today’s name is-NANNY!

With a nanny, your child care has grown up or graduated in terms of expectations, responsibilities, and commitment level. A nanny has finish high school but may still be pursuing further education leading to a varied schedule as well as a higher motivation for a steady income. Completion of school work during nanny hours are agreed upon by family and nanny, but may not be an option in all homes. A nanny is generally responsible for their own transportation to and from home.

A nanny becomes the right hand for parents when they are not home. Nanny task often extend beyond strictly childcare including but not limited to household laundry, meal prep, dishes, service appointments, errands, carpool, etc. The degree of involvement should be decided by parents upon hiring a nanny. Do you want this person to have access to your credit cards, fold your under garments, drive your children around, have a house key, drive your car? Is the task list a feasible one to accomplish while providing quality child care?

Most nannies are working full time and are expecting to have some what regular hours/income, it is important to be sure both the family and the nanny are in agreement to what a that looks like. A nanny may be willing to travel with a family or do an “overnight” -a couple days in home while parents travel for additional compensation and as a sub agreement.

A nanny can quickly become part of the family so it is wise to discuss how much interaction the family would like to have with nanny outside of work hours. Ponder this, would you want your nanny to attend sporting events/plays/concerts of your child? Being a volunteer chaperone at school? There is no right answer but may be something you’d like to consider!

A great nanny, is an amazing person. One full of energy, motivation, laughter, and endless ideas. Someone who will encourage growth and learning, who will help foster young minds to accomplish great things. They will be able to anticipate the needs of those around them, be full of compassion, patience, and understanding, and no knowledge of the meaning of “can’t.”


What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? What is the big deal and why do people care so much about their name? Like when you meet someone and before you even have a chance to forget their name, they tell you “my name is Jennifer…not Jenn, or Jenny…don’t call me anything but Jennifer!” Whoa, why so bothered? How many times have you introduced your self this way, I wonder. I’ve actually been overhearing this as my work place is on boarding new staff, during my time volunteering at the zoo, or just sitting at the local bar . I suppose since it’s pretty hard to shorten Laura, I find this whole thing slightly interesting and I obviously haven’t had the experience of those with long names but the all of it got me think, what’s in a name?

What does this have to do with anything relevant to nanny consulting you might being asking yourself (or shouting through your screen at me)…here’s how. If we consider names are also job titles, in the world of child care there are so many different titles people use: babysitter, mothers helper, nanny, au pair just to name a few.

It’s confusing for those looking to find the right fit for their families when you aren’t sure which “name” to use when on your search. Do you need help Monday-Friday 9-5? Do you want to be able to run a few errands in the afternoon and maybe a date night once a month? Do you need some one to help entertain your little one and fold some laundry while you unload the dishwasher? Or are you looking for some who can live in and is also fluent in another language or culture then English? ¬†Finding your fit is as easy as remembering the right “name.”

This week I’m going to give you my spin on each of these different names/titles.

Today’s name to think about is Mother’s helper.

Mother’s Helper: Ideally, a neighborhood preteen looking for a little cash and babysitting experience. Not quite old enough to be left home alone with children but responsible enough to be in different parts of house/yard to allow parents time to do some chores, get dinner started, get into the garden, etc. Usually will need transportation assistance if beyond short walk to and from home. There are varying degrees of a mother’s helper, some can be left home alone during a quick errand to the store, or run around the block. This is up to the parents of all involved (the child who is being looked after and the helper’s) based on safety and comfort levels of both parties. This may be revisited as helper ages. Usually paid day of service or as arranged by parents.

*A mother’s helper could of course also be an adult but may be looking for less then part-time (think in school, has a desire for second job/additional income, retired but still active). Beyond that I would begin to consider said person to be more along the line of babysitter/nanny which “names” I’ll ponder later this week.