How to Talk to the Parents
As a nanny, being responsible for someone’s children is a huge responsibility. It takes a lot of trust for a parent to leave their kids with a nanny. As a nanny, you should keep open communication with the parents throughout the day, through several different means. It is extremely important as well as greatly appreciated by the parents of the children you are caring for. There are three methods of communication you can use and each has the best circumstance under which to use them:
Text. Texting is best to update mom or dad on how the day is going. Simple texts like “Heading to the park!” “Everyone’s napping,” or “Homework’s all done” can really put a parent at ease when they are at work. It helps them know that the kids are safe, taken care of, and doing what they’re supposed to. It is such a respectful and thoughtful gesture and it is really appreciated when nannies realize that.
Phone Call. Calling the parents becomes necessary if the child falls or gets hurt. This is especially important if they hit their head. It’s not best to text that information. You are showing responsibility and alertness by calling them. In most instances, the child is fine, as children fall a lot. But it is best to keep the parent informed so that if they are showing some concerning signs later on at night, they know what happened.
In person. In person communication comes at the end of the day when the parents come home. This is your chance to recap how the day went- how everyone behaved, what you did, any concerns, etc. Also let them know anything you took care of around the house. You might’ve done the laundry, fed the kids and made extra for mom and dad that’s wrapped up in the fridge, mopped the floors, etc. Not only is it helpful for them to know, but also shows how well rounded and multifaceted you are!
Aside from the safety of their children, nothing is more important to a parent than communication. They want to know as much as possible about their children’s days. Keeping them in the loop is much appreciated and will ensure a great long term relationship.
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