Last week we asked you "During an interview, what questions do you always ask families, to make sure they will be a good match? " We had a record number of answers! This week our question is from Sydnee C: Do you use written agreements with your families? Why or why not?
For those of you who are like me, being flexible and easy-going can sometimes put us in a bit of a troubling situation. From experience, I've learned to spot red flags that could save you from working with flakey parents! Here is a small list of not-so-great behaviors that... more
You’ve had a successful interview for a new nanny position. You like the family, and the family likes you. Now it’s time to answer their next question: “What do you charge for your nanny services?” According to the 2018 Care.com survey, the average nanny makes about $580 a... more
Truth be told, there’s no such thing as a perfect nanny. We invest valuable time and resources into finding the right caregiver, then expect them to be stellar stand-ins in our absence. Yet none of us are perfect, and we’re all bound to hit bumps along the road. In fact... more
Even if your babysitter only watches your children occasionally, a contract or written agreement can serve as a tool to get you both on the same page, as well as prevent uncomfortable misunderstandings. These agreements can be especially helpful if you’re working with someone new or bringing a babysitter on... more
Congrats! You’ve found a nanny you’d like to hire. Now what? Know that as soon as your nanny accepts your job offer, your responsibilities as an employer begin. That means putting the terms of your working relationship into a contract, deciding on benefits and setting up payroll. It also means... more
As the oldest sister of five and an elementary education major, being a caregiver seemed like the most likely job for my skill set. I thought I knew all there was to know about taking care of children, but I was actually limited to just knowing about taking care of... more
So, you’ve interviewed a slew of candidates and have finally found the perfect nanny. Now what? Before jumping in and having your nanny start caring for your kids, it’s important to make sure you’re clearly aligned on expectations surrounding this job. A formal contractual agreement can help with that —... more