Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Diana Chiarabano, owner of Rent-a-Parent Personnel Services. Diana has been helping Marin families and nannies for 29 years. You can reach her at (415) 435-2642 or Diana@rentaparent.com.
Lucky for you if you are a parent who can be home with your child. Usually this is the mother, but there are a lot of stay at home dads as well. Most of the time it’s the mother who gives us a call saying that even though she loves being there for her children, it would be great to have some scheduled, regular time every week to do a variety of things (go to the gym, have lunch with a friend, volunteer at the older child’s school, etc.). If you have 2 children under the age of 4, then juggling their needs and yours becomes especially challenging. If you are considering hiring someone to come into your home, here are some tips for stay-at-home parents.
Start with really being honest with yourself as to what kind of person will be a good fit for you. Of course you want someone who is kind, loving, and attentive to your child, but how about meshing with your personality? Is being neat and organized important to you? Are you more interested in having an artistic, creative type working by your side? What kinds of duties do you want the nanny to do solely on her own and which do you want to share? Don’t be shy in asking questions when interviewing. You want to hire someone who sees the job as partnering with you. That is very different than hiring a nanny who performs her duties by herself.
Marin childcare expert Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW, is for many Bay Area families the specialist to go to when searching for the perfect nanny or other childcare solution. Her new book, Nannies for Modern Moms: The Essential Guide for Hiring the Right Nanny for Your Child and You, is required reading for any family seeking to navigate the waters of searching for, choosing, and hiring the right nanny, babysitter, or family assistant.
Nannies for Modern Moms is filled with important information on all practical and emotional aspects of the nanny search process, as well as a breakdown on different types of nannies, childcare providers, and childcare options. The book also includes legal information necessary to hiring a nanny, and an extensive list of resources for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Also included are numerous worksheets and checklists to help parents organize their thoughts, needs, and information throughout the nanny hiring process.
If you're currently looking for a nanny, or if you're planning on hiring one in the future, Nannies for Modern Moms is an invaluable resource. Highly recommended!