Hiring a nanny can be a difficult decision to make, and create a bit of an adjust period for you and your family. Making sure that your children are ready for the new person who is about to become a big part of their lives will make the transition a lot easier. Read on for a little advice on how to make the process as smooth as possible.
1. Talk to your children
Before introducing your children to their new nanny, tell them a bit about her. Describe what she looks like, a little bit about her personality, and be sure to tell them how excited she is to meet them! Bringing her up in conversation regularly will make them feel she is a part of the family before she even arrives.
2. Get some new games
The anticipation of having new games or toys to play with can make meeting their new nanny something to really look forward to.
3. Make something for the nanny
Getting your children involved in making a gift or some treats for the nanny can make the lead up to meeting her something special. Children love to make adults proud of them, so they will be really keen to present her with what they have made and see how happy it makes her.
4. Set clear house rules
Make sure that you have clear rules set for your children. This will include the bed time routine, any chores, homework, TV time and consequences for bad behaviour. It’s also important to make sure that your nanny is aware of the rules so that she can reinforce them with confidence.
5. Discuss boundaries
Remind your children that as much as the new nanny may soon feel like a part of the family, it’s important to respect her privacy. It’s also important to talk to your children about inappropriate touching, teasing or playing and make sure that they are aware that they can talk to you about anything that they are uncomfortable with.
6. Arrange activities
Children usually misbehave because of boredom. Sit down with them and come up with a list of ideas for activities that they can do with the nanny. This could be baking, a trip to the park, a bike ride, arts and crafts…get creative!
7. Ask for an update
Make it a priority to check-in with your children after your new nanny has left on their first day, making them feel involved is just as important as making sure that they had a good time and like their new nanny. They will appreciate being asked for and able to share their opinions about the day.
Remember that as difficult as it can be to bring a new person in to look after your children, the introduction of a nanny is a great way to help your children learn about building new relationship, as well as increasing their social skills and development.
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