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Work From Home Parent

I am thinking about having an in house nanny take care of an infant as I work from home. I am 'on the clock' while I work, meaning I have a set start, lunch, and end time and would be unavailable during work hours. Has anyone ever had experience with working from home and having a nanny? I'm wondering if nannies take issue with having a parent in the house? I would love to hear any thoughts/advice. 

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Hi Cassie,

I've actually done both!  I had a full time nanny come into my home for the first 5 years.  My kids are 3 years apart.  Many years later, I'm retired and am now nannying!!!!  I LOVE my new career and was a nanny for 3 years in a professionals home while she worked from home.  I helped her raise her babies until they all started school (see the redheads in my profile pics).

Here is the key: clear schedules and expectations upfront, including list of responsibilities required and areas where no noise is permitted (near office door, hallway, etc).  The more you treat your nanny as an extended member of your family, the better things will be.  This includes including her food choices when you grocery shop.  Let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to provide more details for you :-). 

Thank you for the wonderful information!

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Well I'll love to be a sitter with no problem at all just text me we can met up an take it from there

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Lorna in Boulder, CO
June 20, 2017

As a nanny, this would work just fine. As your infant grows up they just need to know that the nanny is in-charge during work hours because in my experience if parents are home kids will always ask parents first or try to distract the parents.

Thank you for input!

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how could that problem be rectify?

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Emma in Keene, NH
June 20, 2017

In my opinion, as a nanny, I wouldn't mind working watching the kids while a parent is working. If the parent is working from home and doesn't have time to give the kids the amount of attention that they need, and to clean up or prepare meals, that is what the nanny is for. No worries at all:)

Thank you!

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A good way to introduce your child to you working from home but not being 100% available to cater to him/her is to bring the nanny around few hours a week till it's time for the nanny to fully take over. That way, your child will be eased into the process instead of going from having you around most of the time to having someone else around. It's challenging for some children regardless of their age to accept that their parents are physically around but unavailable to cater to them. So having this ice breaker period might help your infant get acquainted to his or her caregiver. Once this period is over, I recommend staying out of view as much as possible because it can be difficult for the him/her to get used to the nanny completely if he/she knows that you are around and within reach. In my experience, some children are happy and fine till they spot a parent while others don't care at all. 

IN REGARDS TO YOUR QUESTIONSQUESTION: Has anyone ever had experience with working from home and having a nanny?
ANSWER: I'm not a parent yet but I have worked with both stay at home parents and work from home parents. My experience from a Professional Nanny's perspective has been 90% great,10% what did I get myself into and 10% indifferent.
QUESTION: I'm wondering if nannies take issue with having a parent in the house?
ANSWER: I personally don't mind working in a home with the parents around, away or even the whole community around. Being able to deal with different family dynamics is part of the job after all. I currently work for two families. Although my main employers work primarily out of their home, they work from home from time to time and the grand parents from both sides come around quite often.I love having them around because they are all great people-kind, sweet, loving and respectful. Having them around also gives me a break from the kids even though the kids are pretty independent now. We are pretty much family at this point and we are all involved in each other's lives which I am grateful for. I'm fairly new to the second family I work for but it's also been a positive experience. The mother is currently on maternity leave so she's around often. We chit chat in between me taking care of toddler while she takes care of the new born (vice versa). 

 As far as how nannies feel about working in this setting, it really varies but I have heard some parents complain that it's difficult to find a nanny who is willing to work while they are around. I think one of the reasons why some nannies shy away from working in homes with parents around is due to the fact that some parents hover around to the point that it becomes uncomfortable or even creepy. It's one thing to check in from time to time or join the nanny and child in whatever they are doing. It's another thing to poke your head in every few minutes, peek at the nanny and child through bookcase, call or text the nanny at intervals, come in and out of the room incessantly and things of that nature. Such behavior can make some nannies to feel like they are being "watched" in a negative way or that they are not competent enough to do their job without being micromanaged or "watched". This is just one reason but there are lots more: including the fact that some nannies want to run the household instead of serving as extensions of the parents, so they feel that having a parent around limits what they can or cannot do. 

Long story short, leaving your child in the care of a stranger is not easy which is why I recommend having a trial period if possible. Installing a nanny cam is also a good way to get an extra level of assurance and peace of mind so you can focus on your work while your child is been cared for. All in all, I believe a large number of professional nannies are open to working in households with or without the parents around. It ultimately boils down to how strong the connection is between both parties. That said, a nanny who is not comfortable with your presence in your own home is not worth hiring. I wish you the best in your search and congrats on the newest addition to your family :D 

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Cassie, I was the nanny in that situation you described. The mother's office was upstairs, and I stayed downstairs with the baby (and occasionally the older brother).  I enjoyed that job very much, and didn't mind at all that the parent was in the house. Hope this helps!

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Tina in Elm City, NC
July 23, 2017

Seems to be a good now a days thing so, do professional interviews with Strick background checks considering the days were living in.

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