Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When a baby cries

Why do Nannies and parents jump the second their baby cries?  Do you not realize that you're setting yourself up for doom?  Let the thing cry.  The baby is fine...they cry for no reason whatsoever sometimes.  

And also, to the people who stare at the Nannies and parents who actually do let their baby cry: Mind your business.  If a baby is crying in a stroller, chances are it doesn't want to be in the stroller.  But why take the child out and teach it a bad lesson?  


(Church Square) Park Bench Nannies 

Part II

I now realize why all of these awful Nannies sit here.  They wait around to get free lunches from the city and use the kids as a reason to get the lunch.  I rarely see the kids eating the free lunch, but sometimes I do.  So, Parents, do you know that your kid is eating a warm-from-the-sun ham and cheese sandwich slapped on two pieces of white bread?  No veggies, maybe a piece of fruit.  




When you lousy parents decided to stay out late, I put your kid to bed without a Pull Up(or UnderJam as they call it for old kids) on.  Because you know, he was 8 years old and you still made him wear one.  Why? Because you were too lazy to teach him how to get up and pee in the middle of the night. You were also too lazy to get up in the middle of the night in case he had an accident.  Which by the way, never happened because when I was there in the morning to take him to school, he woke up DRY every.single.DAY!  

I also secretly wished you didn't suck so much.  Poor boy just wanted to spend time with you.  To him, I was his best friend.  

Why Wednesday!!

I'd like to introduce this awesome post called "Why Wednesday."   This post is dedicated to Why your kid needs sleep and you should not sabotage sleep in any way.  Because some parents think that keeping their kids up late to spend time with them is A.O.K.  When in reality, you're just ruining your little brats!

There was once I family that I Nannied for that loved their kid so much that they had no control over her and she went to sleep at 11pm.  She had school the next day and was all sorts of messed up because she got a "solid 7 hours" as the dad said.  Ummm, yeah, your kid should go to sleep at an hour that could potentially let them sleep at least 10 hours.  If you haven't noticed, your kid got tired around 7pm and then a second wind blew her over and she was off the walls until 11pm.  Good job, idiots, good job.  

So, here's why your kid needs sleep if you're in the same dilemma as these people were.  When a kid doesn't get enough sleep, the development is lacking.  Any working person knows that if they don't get enough sleep, they get cranky and irritable, and you're an adult!  Do you even realize the awful things that happen with a child who has no control over their temper?  If your kid is going to bed late, revise their night schedule and give them a chance to sleep as long as they can.  If it's tough to get them up in the morning, put them to bed earlier.  The saying shouldn't be "happy wife, happy life" it should be "well rested kid, happy life."   

If you have a 4 month-16 month old, they should be napping twice a day, for at least 45 minutes to reap any benefits.  Early bedtime. If you have a 16 month old-5 year old, most kids take one nap a day, and sleep 1-3 hours, depending how much you tire them out!  And just because they go to bed early at night, doesn't mean they will wake up early.  And if they do, teach them to stay in their room(if they are old enough).  If it's a baby, the baby can be left alone for at least 20 minutes after they awaken.  They will be fine.  I promise!

How much is your Nanny worth?

 As a Nanny, I sometimes ask myself if I'm being paid too little.  I always feel like I go above and beyond and it seems like the parents never seem to notice.  

So, I fall into a funk.  I am almost 95% sure I get paid more than most Nannies in Hoboken, but I'd like more.  When I bring up the topic of a raise, it's almost as if I asked my family to go jump off a cliff with me.  They make good money...both are lawyers.  But, how much am I worth to them?  Every Monday they tell me how they don't know how I do my job every week...that the kids are so difficult.  But, exactly, it's my job.  So, why is it so hard for them to acknowledge my hard work and give me a raise?  I've been with this family for a few years now, and yes, I've gotten raises, but they seem sparse these days.  On the other hand, I am grateful for them.  They are kind. 

 Parents, how much is your Nanny worth to you?  If she asks for a raise, do you give it?  How much is too much for a yearly raise?   

Nannies, how often do you ask for a raise?  What's the average amount that you ask for?

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