It’s guest blogger Wednesday and I have someone we all wished we had in our lives! Hope is a professional nanny based in Sydney, Australia. Founder of Nanny Shecando, a blog about life working as a nanny and with kids, Hope works to support and promote professional nannies and sitters in the in-home childcare services industry. This post by Hope is a really interesting perspective on what it’s like to look after other peoples children.
There’s more to it than you might think when looking after children that are not your own. Then again, if you’re a mum, you know this all too well. I know we can all admit to revamping our casual TV rules, and helicopter-mum behaviour when our children’s friends are over incase something should go wrong on your watch.
Being a Nanny – 4 things (to be aware of) when looking after children that are not your own
1. OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS
2. THE SELECTIVE MEMORY
3. YOU BECOME THE DISCIPLINARIAN
4. ATTACHMENT & JEALOUSY
5. PHILOSOPHY TOWARDS CHORES
6. YOU BECOME THE BUFFER
Looking after other people’s children can be challenging. You’re on edge. You need to constantly be aware of safety concerns and hidden dangers. You need to maintain values, rules and structure. You need to ensure that you don’t impress your own opinions onto the child if their parents don’t also see things accordingly. You need to play devil’s advocate, the kindness fairy, and also mother hen. All of this is challenging, but in my line of work, it’s all in a days work.
You can check out Hope at her Nanny Shecando blog here