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3 rules families should follow when hiring a nanny

Hiring a nanny is an important decision that affects both you and your children. This involves more than just calling up a last-minute sitter to watch a movie with your kids while you're out for the night. A nanny, on the other hand, essentially becomes a part of your family. In order to strengthen this relationship it's important to keep in mind these three considerations:

  • Act like a team: One of the most important things to remember is that your nanny is your teammate. Together, you can make healthy choices for your children, which include going to bed at a reasonable hour and providing nutritious dinners.
  • Don't overstep your boundaries: "Kids need to know who's in charge. That means handing over the reigns to the nanny when she arrives, and making it clear to your kids that she's in charge in your absence," writes a blogger for The Huffington Post. "It also means not lingering too long at hand-off, which only confuses kids and makes any separation anxieties worse. Make sure you respect your sitter's authority while you're away."
  • Establish a routine: Most nannies and parents notice that children who have a consistent routine are happy and well-adjusted. This could mean providing a regular schedule for nap time and snack time. Additionally, a nanny helps facilitate this routine. Instead of bouncing around from babysitter to babysitter, it's important to have a longstanding nanny.

If you're looking for a new nanny to watch over your children, be sure to contact Colonial Domestic Agency. We background check all of our applicants to ensure that you're getting the very best for your children.