ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A ‘REAL-LIFE MARY POPPINS’??mellisa
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A ‘REAL-LIFE MARY POPPINS’??
Guess what? They do exist!
Okay, okay, it was a choice actually between finding a Millionaire (so you needn’t have to go back to work), or a Mary Poppins.
Mommy Wellness soon discovered that finding a millionaire is like looking for a needle in a haystack, so we opted for the easy route and looked into the aspect of Nanny Services.
There are loads of them, offering a host of services and all aimed at making the working Mom’s life so much easier.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when many young Moms will be faced with the daunting thought of having to return to work. Maybe we should have looked a little harder in the haystack! But hey ho, hey ho, it’s off to work you go!
Let’s face it, it is one of the hardest decisions to make, when having to hand over your little one into someone else’s care. And this is where Mary Poppins comes into the story.
Concern, sadness, worry and sometimes even guilt, tug at the heartstrings and choosing someone to take your place during your working day seems an almost impossible task.
So, Moms will obviously pull out every stop when it comes to handing their child over to someone that they can trust, who will have been carefully screened and referenced for security purposes.
Fortunately, as the phenomenon of Moms returning to work has become almost a norm, there are various options and choices available and many reputable Nanny Agencies, which provide well-qualified and nurturing Nannies.
By the way
Whilst being pampered at any of the Mommy Wellness Day Spas, Moms and Dads can rest at ease that their little ones will be well cared for by one of our capable personnel.
The children will be kept busy with neurological and sensory integration activities and through play, attention is given to physical, perceptual and creative development. This service needs to be pre-booked when planning a pamper session at a Mommy Wellness Day Spa.
So, back to Nanny Services – What’s the first step?
It is always a good idea firstly to think about your child. Think about his or her temperament, personality and the way in which they handle change.
Does he or she have any special needs? Then work out how these aspects will affect your working schedule and finances.
Remember, there is no right or wrong answer, as all families and routines are different. Choosing the most suitable nanny to enhance your and your family’s lifestyle is most important.
TO EACH HIS OWN
As in all competitive businesses, every Nanny Service Agency has a different way of operating, striving to render the best and most professional services to their clients.
Mommy Wellness looked at the general way in which Agencies work (without including all bells and whistles which the individual Agencies offer).
This is generally how it works, (but not limited to):
- You approach the Nanny Service Agency with information regarding your and your child’s specific needs
- The Agency conducts interviews and the initial screening of Nanny applicants
- Information on applicants who are qualified for the position is supplied to the family by the Agency
- The final choice and appointment is made by the family who is requiring Nanny services
- A placement fee is paid by the family to the Agency
- Salary and benefits are negotiated between the family and the Nanny chosen for the appointment
- The Nanny’s salary is paid by the family
A reputable Agency will always conduct careful screening and base their selection on prospective Nannies who display common sense, good judgement, patience and energy.
Obviously, this is a huge consideration, as the safety and security of your child is a top priority.
The choice of Nanny should include their ability to stimulate your child with toys, games and outdoor activities, not forgetting meal and rest times.
Depending on the negotiations with your new Nanny, some will even perform light housework and chores, particularly related to your child. Ie. Laundry, bathing, etc.
THE ADVANTAGES OF NANNY SERVICES:
- You have more control
You are only working with one person and able to direct your Nanny as to what your child will do during the day. It enables you to keep your child in a set routine when it comes to naps, snacks and playtime.
Ask for detailed daily reports and have her send a few pics during the day so that you are still able to experience part of the fun. (And bonus, you won’t need to clean up the mess afterwards).
- Nanny Cams
For added peace of mind, it may be an idea to install a Nanny Cam, obviously with the Nanny’s knowledge. Discuss your reasons for doing so and reassure her that it is also your way of being able to participate in your child’s daily activities from a distance.
- Personal attention and no competition
Nannies provide a single attachment figure. This provides the child with the security needed, particularly those children who may have strong reactions to new situations and unfamiliar people.
The Nanny focuses solely on the child’s needs and competing for attention will not be of any concern.
- A little breathing space
A child-free commute to work often allows that essential ‘ME-TIME’, during which to plan your day, prepare for an important meeting or just turn up the music volume.
Yes, you are entitled to!
It can be quite liberating when leaving home with a laptop instead of a nappy bag or toddler rucksack!
Breathing space also means that should by chance you have forgotten to put the casserole in the oven, it’s easy to call home and ask your Nanny to help, or not having to take off work when you need a plumber, etc. Depending on your arrangement, most Nannies will even assist with light housework, kids’ meals and laundry.
- There is always a back-up plan
Nannies also get ill. Nannies also need leave. When using the services of a reputable Nanny Agency, you will avoid having to find your own back-up plan.
The Agency will usually be able to supply an appropriate ‘stand-in’ during your regular Nanny’s absence.
You could discuss this option during your initial communication with the Agency.
Yes, it is going to be tough for the first few days, maybe even weeks. Once settled and back in the swing of things, you will look back and think: “what was that all about”?
Given the opportunity, children adapt far quicker than parents.
Mommy Wellness is sure that you will be pleasantly surprised!