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Finding Employers That Match Your Caregiving Approach

employersIt’s crucial that you and your employer share a common (not identical) caregiving philosophy. Nannies can and often do change aspects of their caregiving style to meet their employer’s preferences. (All organic, not a problem. Want your child to wear a hat every time she’s outside? Will do.)

However, you cannot comfortably change your core belief system and related responses simply because they’re in opposition with the parents’ beliefs. (Want me to actually DO your child’s homework for her? Think I should just ignore it when your seven year old berates me for asking him to pick up after himself because addressing it will only add fuel to the fire?? You believe beating up her little brother is a natural part of sibling rivalry and toughens up the little guy???)

If you take a job that requires you to act against your core beliefs, you’ll quickly become resentful and frustrated and most likely find yourself once again looking for a new job. If you want to work for someone that will support and appreciate your work as a nanny, you must work for someone that supports and appreciates your caregiving philosophy.

So how do you know how well you’ll match up with a prospective employer?  Through in-depth interviewing and referencing. Remember, the screening process goes both ways. The family screens you and you screen the family.

I suggest that every interview cover:

  • the overall environment. What kind of environment do the parents what their children to be raised in? Relaxed or more formal?  Focused on education or learning through life experiences? What values are most important and how do they translate into everyday life?

  • activities and scheduling. Are they home bodies or completely overscheduled? Where do school and sports fit into their priority list? How much freedom does the nanny have in planning the day?


  • discipline/guidance. From expectations to communication style, it’s key to not only understand what the parents do but why they do it. The why will help you understand how the parents act in real world situations, how they’ll adapt as their children get older and how well your attitudes and approaches will fit in.


  • age group specific questions. Infant, toddler, preschool and school age; each stage is very different and requires a conversation centered around that age. From when the parents think a child should give up the pacifier to sleep schedules and routines to attitudes about independence, choices and behavior.

Of course, the questions you ask during the interview should be tailored to the family. Asking the right questions, and right follow-up questions is a huge step towards finding a family that shares your caregiving philosophy.

Looking for more information?  Check out all our job search e-guides and webinars including How to Interview and Reference a Family Like a Pro.  There’s a live webinar on this topic scheduled for Sunday, April 10th at 7:30 PM Eastern / 4:30 PM Pacific. 

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Nannypalooza Set For November 5th and 6th, 2011

Let the planning begin!  For those of you that have attended a Nannypalooza in the past, you know this is a fun, educational event. 

This year’s conference will be held in Ellicott City, MD outside of Baltimore, MD.  The closest airport is BWI which also happens to usually be the cheapest into that area.  Good news for those of us flying in. 

Early bird registration is just one hundred bucks and that includes 6 workshops, Saturday breakfast, lunch and snack plus Sunday breakfast.  Great deal on a quality conference. 

Stay tuned for details and I hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, You’re Hired! hits the virtual shelf today

Well, I’m excited to say that I’m finally done with the Ready, Set, You’re Hired! nanny job search intensive.  It seems like I’ve been working on this program forever.  The problem I have when developing new classes is I keep adding new information.  There’s always one more great idea I want to share.   Which is how this idea grew from an interviewing class to a series of six classes that guides you through the job search process step-by-step.  But I’m really proud of the end result.  If you’re looking for a way to step up your game for your next job search, check it out. 

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