10 Common Misconceptions Parents Have in Hiring a Nanny: The Nanny Manual
This is part 3 of an 8-part blog from the perspective of TIFFAN's Founder and "The Nanny Manual" author, Alyce Desrosiers.
In The Nanny Manual, I identify 10 common misperceptions parents have in hiring a nanny. In my opinion, it’s always better to know these ahead than to be caught off guard and have to face reality when things go wrong.
Listed briefly, they are …
- The Smoke and Mirrors Syndrome: 20 years’ experience means 20’ years of good experience
- I can’t afford quality: all the good nannies work for rich families
- I just want a babysitter: All she is doing is watching my kids
- Our nanny should be perfect in every way: Our nanny loves us and will do anything we want.
- One size fits all: She was great with Mary’s family, so she’ll be great with us.
- The Yo-Yo Effect: Our last nanny was young and she didn’t work out so I’ll get someone older this time.
- The percentage effect: She’ll do 70 percent housecleaning and 30 percent childcare, so I’ll get a good housecleaner.
- My child knows best: If my toddler says he hates her and wants her to go away, then she goes.
- Not trusting your gut: My gut says something doesn’t feel right even though everything else seems okay
- I’ll get started tomorrow: There’s still plenty of time to do this