Here’s Why Nannies are Underappreciated
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.