CONSIDER A NANNY
In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly common for both parents of a family to be working full time, and that means things can get hectic. Kids often have to spend a lot of their time at a daycare, or with a last minute babysitter- and it can be a hassle- miscommunications and scheduling conflicts can arise and create more unforeseen problems, and at the most critical times. Meetings get missed and kids get lost in the shuffle.
Because of this, many busy parents are changing the paradigm, replacing their daycare + emergency babysitter “stopgap measures” with a nanny- and finding that the benefits, both expected and unexpected, end up outweighing any concerns they may have had.
The immediate improvement is in the hours- while daycare centers most often have a set schedule, nannies work the hours you need them- even very early mornings or late nights. There is no need for picking up a child from daycare instead of staying to finish a project or meeting.
However, even more than just that is what the nanny herself brings to the table. If you take the time to carefully vet your candidates with background checks and in-depth interviews, or if you go through an agency that takes care of it for you, you can set your standard- you can ensure that she knows CPR/First Aid, and is a competent tutor for homework, for instance. And since a nanny is free to focus on your kids alone, in contrast to daycare centers, she can provide tailor-made educational entertainment and get the kids involved in local community activities instead of staying isolated to a single building day after day.
As an added bonus, many nannies are willing and able to perform some cooking and cleaning duties as well. Hiring a nanny can provide a peace of mind that isn’t possible otherwise- the ability to go to work when you need to, knowing that your kids are in good hands, and returning home when the work is done to a tidy house and a ready dinner can be a de-stresser like no other for busy professional parents.