Someday Your Nanny Will Quit: An Open Letter To Parents

Someday Your Nanny Will Quit: An Open Letter To Parents

Parents who employ nannies, if I may take a few minutes of your time, I have something I need to address. As I’m sure you’re aware, nannying is very different from other professions. Your nanny works in your home. Your nanny spends their days caring for your precious children. You depend on them to be there in your absence; your children love and need them. We know how personal it feels to you, because it feels personal to us too.

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Nanny Discussion: How To Ask For An Annual Raise

Nanny Discussion: How To Ask For An Annual Raise

Over in our Facebook group, there was a question recently posed by a nanny (I’m summarizing here):

“I’ve been a nanny for my family for over a year. After what period of time is it appropriate to ask for a raise? How do I ask for more paid time off and sick leave? How do I ask for overtime pay, when I initially said it was ok to not be paid that?”

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Navigating A Successful Nanny Share

Navigating A Successful Nanny Share

Nanny shares are hard work. As a nanny share specialist, I know that better than most. I see comments on nanny groups all the time like “I could never”, “I got burned”, “I tried, it was terrible”, and my heart goes out to those sweet nannies because I truly love doing shares! I may have fallen into my first nanny share out of necessity, but I have since made it my specialty.

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What it Means to be a Nanny

What it Means to be a Nanny

Being a nanny means that I have time to sit down and write while eating pumpernickel bagels leftover from the third birthday party that happened last Sunday. It means I come to work to find that my “nanny family” bought me another gallon of orange juice even though they don’t drink orange juice because they noticed that I drank the other entire gallon, also leftover from the third birthday party that happened last Sunday. Being a nanny means that I get asked to go on vacations to Miami. I drive the family Mercedes, shop at Whole Foods, wear comfy clothes everyday, and I live in a big, beautiful house for 50+ hours a week. 

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How to Be a No-Nonsense Nanny

The three rules of nannying are, as I learned them, to be loving, firm, and fun every day. At first I assumed that meant the kids, but sometimes it applies to the parents, too! That's what it means when I say I'm a no-nonsense nanny. You have to be loving: Show compassion for their problems and provide flexible support. Be fun: I accidentally took my nanny kids to a cemetery as an outing the other day, and immediately sent my boss a text not because she needed to know that very second, but because I knew it would make her laugh. Be firm: Do no harm, but take no shit.

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