It is not everyday that we come across a nanny with the skills to care for twins. If you are a parent of twins, here are some characteristics of nannies to look for when hiring someone to care for your children.
Experience- this is probably the tip that most easily comes to mind, but it is also one of the more important ones. When looking for someone to care for your kids, someone who has already worked with twins or has had experience with multiple children of a similar age is definitely a good characteristic to see. They’ll know all about the pressures of dealing with two kids of the same age at one time. They’ll also have good problem solving skills as well as the juggling skills it takes to handle a package deal.
Quick Thinking- A nanny dealing with twins has to be able to handle a variety of problems at a drop of a hat and you need a nanny who can remain calm. Both babies crawling in opposite directions, dealing with one crying child while still giving attention to the other, fights between the children for attention are just some of the problems they could encounter. The list goes on and on. During the interview process, try to ask situation questions like, “What would you do if they ____?” If the applicant responds quickly and confidently, with a good answer, you may have found the nanny for you.
Reliability- Having a nanny late or suddenly unavailable when you have one child isn’t the biggest deal, but having twins can be a different story. The last thing a busy parent needs is to have to bring two fussy children with her everywhere she goes. You need a person who is always going to show up on time, or at least give due notice so you can find a replacement. Luckily, at LifeWorx, if your nanny is sick or unable to work one day, we can find a part-time replacement to help you out in a pinch.
Energy- Because you have multiple children, you’re not going to want someone who gets tired out easily. When dealing with two children at once this is definitely a prominent factor. Holding two kids at once, watching two kids at once, feeding two kids at once are all potentially exhausting tasks. It takes a lot more out of someone to deal with two kids than one. It takes someone who is going to come back with the same amount of charisma day after day to take on a pair of rambunctious twins.
Compassion- you want someone who is up to the challenge of dealing with two kids at once. In addition, you want someone who is compassionate about doing so. It is definitely worth it to search for someone who prefers working with multiple children. They’ll probably have experience in that field and will enjoy the job and give it their all as a result. Don’t be afraid to ask them if they prefer working with a single child during the interview. If they don’t then the job is probably the wrong fit for both you and the applicant.
Remember the Interviewing Basics: Trust your gut, check the references, do a trial run and do your homework on good questions to ask. Or give LifeWorx a call today to do all the work for you. Let our experts find you the perfect nanny for your needs.
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