Cultivating a trusting, respectful relationship with your child’s nanny (or their other caregivers) is essential to creating a happy, healthy environment for your kids
It really does take a village to raise a child. It doesn’t matter who the residents of your village are—a nanny, day care center, or teacher—having a good relationship with them is so important because it greatly determines the quality of care your child will receive.
Raising them in a positive environment, surrounded by caregivers who are bonded by trust and mutual respect will give them comfort, consistency, and security.
Here are some ways to build a positive, and great relationship with your child’s nanny.
Communicate expectations well
Discuss what her responsibilities are from day one. For instance, you can make sure it’s clear from the start if her duties involve other housework as well.
Don’t just spring on tasks out of the blue; this might make her feel taken advantage of. She has to be okay with what she's signing up for from the beginning.
Truly care about them
It’s important to make your nanny feel accepted and appreciated. Her health and well-being is vital in order for her to be able to take care of your kids well.
Make sure they are compensated well and that they are entitled to raises and bonuses, just like any other employee.
This doesn’t only motivate them but gives them security.
Giving her job perks lets her know you value her. Remembering birthdays and holidays by giving gifts to them are good ways to express your appreciation.
More positive relationship-building tips on the next page