Here’s Why Nannies are Underappreciated

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Amidst all the action, the nanny can only steal some time for herself if all the children are napping or in school or occupied in activities that need no supervision. It is a rare case because most households have children of various ages and inclinations, which keep the nanny busy all the afternoon hustling to get things done.

At the same time, a nanny has to plan and cook for dinner time not only for the children but the parents as well. Most nanny positions are in fact a super caregiver and parents will acknowledge that if the nannies responsibly were carefully outlined in advance. However, taking care of the children, cooking, cleaning, and laundry is fixed requirements in the nanny job description.

Generally speaking, the night is where the parents and children come out to play together while the nanny takes care of cleaning the dishes and the kitchen. Resident nannies may then be called up to wash the children and tell them bedtime stories. Here, the nanny’s day is officially over; she is free to return home or retire to her quarters. At this point, the nanny is done for, and she needs to recharge to start all over again the next day.

Most nannies work 50 to 60 hours per week, if that sounds not so attractive, a prospective nanny may want to look for a nanny position with set hours and scheduled days off. Parents expect the nanny to be an All-in-one nutritionist, educator, and entertainer for the children. And sometimes even more. It is crucial for the nanny to be clear from the beginning. She needs to understand what is required and expected from her before taking the position.

And that was, in a nutshell, the life of a nanny.

The Duties of a Nanny

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Nannies take care of: Feeding the children and responsible for the nutritional needs. Teach them through creative means and teach them to be orderly. Provide love for them and be their parent in some cases. Become a member of the family. Nannies play many roles and wear many hats.

The nanny is the nurse, hugger, childcare provider, body-guard, coach, arts-and-crafts instructor, personal shopper, boo-boo kisser, cheerleader, potty trainer, performer, dresser, janitor, and much much more.

The Life of a Nanny

The word “nanny” in itself conjures forth romantic notions in the minds of most young girls. They imagine an ideal life where the family is upscale and full of money, the children are innocent angels, and the nanny is considered one of the family. Furthermore, the fantasy always includes living in a lavish palace with an army of servants and traveling around the world to see exotic places.

Unfortunately, it’s all a dream, and this type of nannies are to be found in the pages of romance novels. It is as far it can be from reality.

The first fact to keep in mind when investigating the life of a nanny is that there is no typical position or job description. No two families are the same and accordingly the job requirements are quite different from family to family.

The second fact that dictates what’s the nanny’s daily duties and responsibilities largely hinge on how many children in the family, and their ages. Thirdly, it matters if there are two parents or one if the parents work outside the home and if the nanny lives with the family.

Post written by Jeremy Harbough, chief writer for Credit Glory and contributing author for TheDailyMeal.