A lady recently said to me, there are 3 things that she, as a busy parent, needs to accomplish each morning:
“I need to get ready, I need to get the children ready, and I need to get the house presentable”
She said as long as 2 out of the 3 were done, then she was winning. We laughed. We both knew too well that this is the case for many family homes and often it’s the parents who luck out! But it also reminded me how valuable a Nanny can be. A Nanny means all 3 can be achieved and sometimes more.
I am sure you wish to give your children all the good things in life which includes; nutrition, education, manners and maintain a beautiful home but also have some time to yourself. Employing a Nanny or Nanny Housekeeper can help you achieve all this. Chances are you can’t be brilliant at everything, or simple don’t have the time to do everything you’d like to do.
Its important you acknowledge that you are not superwomen or superman. As a parent do you find yourself switch into autopilot and wonder how on earth you managed to get through the day at all?
I meet a lot of parents who want to prove to the world they can do it all alone but when your family’s happiness depends on getting everything done, its critical to spend a bit of time planning and delegating. It seems silly to stress yourself so much with school runs, housework, cooking, laundry, helping with school homework, after school activities, bedtime routines, elderly parents and the list goes on, when what is most important is spending your precious time with your family, making memories and doing things for you that make you happy. Of course you love your children but I don’t believe they should define who we are.
I launched www.FamilyRules.co.uk to help parents:
What can I ask my Nanny to do?
As long as you are clear from the start about what you need, then this can be very flexible to suit your needs. I am particular keen on introducing Nanny Housekeepers as I feel children of a certain age should be encouraged to be independent and entertain themselves, which can allow the Nanny to help around the house. You can expect a Nanny to help with any of the following:
Once you’re past dreaming about all the positive changes a Nanny can bring and decide that employing a Nanny is in fact the best idea for the whole family, you will start to come up with a whole heap of questions which I can help you navigate:
My professional background is Human Resources and Recruitment but I hold fond memories of being a Nanny. It was therefore a natural progression to set up FamilyRules.co.uk.
I place Nannies, Nanny Cooks, Nanny Housekeepers, Mannies, Nanny Yacht Stewardess, Bilingual Nannies, Maternity Nurses, Governor/Governess. I also place other domestic staff such as Housekeeper, Chefs, and Chauffeurs. Whichever staff member you decide is right for your family, they will allow you to prioritise and dedicate your time to the things that you consider are most important for you and your family.