Introducing Your Kids to the New Nanny
A new nanny comes with a mix of excitement and anxiety for everyone involved. Of course, you're hoping for Mary Poppins to walk through the door, but you've got to keep your expectations and desired qualifications realistic. Still, you shouldn't have to compromise to a point where you're uneasy about your choice. You should feel confident that your new nanny is trustworthy and fits well into your family. It's often a smart move to let your child meet a prospective nanny before you actually hire her to get a sense of how the two will get along -- and also to hear your child's opinion of the nanny. Little ones can sometimes offer big insights. Once you offer a nanny the position and she accepts, then you can move on to process of introducing the nanny into your child's life, which is a bit more involved than a brief, first meeting.
Step 1 Prepare the nanny. Before your newly hired nanny's first official day alone with your child, make sure you thoroughly give her the rundown on your little one. Let her know your child's likes, dislikes and general disposition. You should also cover any issues your child might have with the transition. For example, if your child was really attached to the previous caregiver, she might have trouble accepting the new nanny.
Step 2 Talk to your child about the nanny once you hire her. If your child is sad about the previous caregiver leaving, encourage her to express those feelings. Disregarding those feelings could cause your child to resist opening up to the new nanny.
Step 3 Invite the new nanny over for dinner that includes a play session with your child before you leave her alone with your little one. This way, your child gets to know her with the security of having you on hand. If you think your child will have trouble with the transition, you can ask the new nanny to come over several times before her starting date to build up your child's confidence (and your own) in the nanny. Multiple visits will likely come at a price, so be prepared to pay your future nanny for her time.
Step 4 Show your own trust in the nanny during your early interactions. Let the nanny interact with, and care for, your child while you run to the store -- or just step outside for awhile. Your child will feel more comfortable with her new caregiver if she feels that you trust the nanny.
Step 5 Leave your child with a quick good-bye when the new nanny officially starts. Drawing out the departure can make the transition more difficult for the nanny and your child.
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