What is a Nanny?

The word Nanny is defined in the dictionary as: a person, usually with special training, employed to care for children in a household.
In our everyday lives this word is used in many ways and thought of as many different things. A typical nanny is responsible for everything pertaining to the children. A nanny should be willing to do any and all household activities related to his/her charges, including cleaning their rooms, doing their laundry, entertaining them, disciplining them, teaching them proper manners and caring for them when they are sick. A nanny is a partner with the parents to help raise their charges to be responsible, competent young men and women. A nanny must want to be a child’s best friend and encourage them to do their best.
Many nannies are willing to do other household duties, including family laundry and light housework, but their priority will always be to care for the children. If they do accept these responsibilities they will be expecting to be compensated accordingly. Parents should understand that children are the most important part of the job. If the nanny is engaging the children with fun activities, then maybe the laundry waits to get folded until the next day. Families are cautioned to be realistic in the amount of additional work they ask the nanny to perform. When you are searching for a nanny you should create a duty list that has every possible duty you would want your nanny to perform. This will make sure you and your nanny are on the same page from the start and no surprises occur. You always want to be open and honest about your expectations.

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