Finding the right nanny for your family is a big deal! You’ve spent time researching the difference between hiring a nanny versus a babysitter, learning how to hire a nanny, and finally choosing the one who will be responsible for caring for your children.
Now, the only thing left to do is introduce your kids to their new nanny.
This step isn’t always easy, especially for kids who have never had a nanny before or had a less-than-stellar experience with a nanny.
Not to worry. We have you covered with some tips for approaching this special introduction to ensure your kids and their nanny get off to a great start.
Here are five things you can do to ensure that you, your children, and your new nanny are as comfortable as possible as you all ease into this new relationship.
1. Talk about the new nanny ahead of time
Casually mention the new nanny as you discuss plans with your child. For example, you can say, “Megan also likes books! You should pick one to read with her when she gets here.”
Also, let your child know when they will meet their new nanny and what to expect. It’s natural for kids to be anxious or apprehensive when they don’t know what to expect. Give yours as much information about the new nanny as possible ahead of time. That way, they won’t feel like strangers when they finally meet.
2. Host a meet-and-greet
Schools have “meet the teacher” nights. Your family can have a “meet the nanny” night (or day). The concept is similar – it allows your child to meet their nanny in a more casual setting. You will be available to help your child feel comfortable with their new nanny instead of needing to leave for work.
Along with helping your child feel more comfortable with their new nanny, a meet-and-greet will help you give your nanny tips and pointers that you might not have considered before they entered your home. That way, everyone feels more prepared when the big day finally arrives.
3. Don’t linger when saying good-bye
Kids take cues from their parents. If you give your child a million and one hugs as you wipe away your tears, they will get scared about you leaving and see it as an adverse occasion. So, instead, say goodbye and leave quickly.
Your kids might cry, especially if they haven’t been left alone with a nanny before. Trust that your nanny is well-trained and can help them find ways to have fun after you have gone.
Note: Always say goodbye before you leave. Don’t sneak out, as that can send the wrong signal to your child and make them even more anxious because they don’t know when you are home and when you are away.
4. Plan something special for the first day
Let your child plan a fun activity they want to do on their nanny’s first day. This can shift their mood from nervous to excited as they prepare for a fun-filled day with their new nanny.
Just make sure your nanny knows about your child’s plans ahead of time, so they aren’t caught off guard.
5. Give your kids some control
Kids feel more confident when they have control over their environment. So, give your kids some power when they are meeting their new nanny. Have them give their nanny a tour of the house, including their room, the toy room, and favorite play areas.
Let your child get acquainted with their new nanny at their own pace. Some kids will immediately click with a new nanny, while others need some time to feel comfortable.
We know how important it is to find the perfect nanny for your family. At Ease Family Solutions specializes in helping families place nannies in their homes.
We work with families throughout California, including San Mateo County, the Bay Area, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, and Los Angeles County.
If you need a nanny or hybrid nanny in California, we can help! Please fill out an application form on our website, and a friendly team member will be in touch with you soon.