Sunday, November 10, 2013


My Perspective

Through the years as a Nanny and Babysitter, I have received monetary gifts, along with a present which included a day at the spa, a designer purse, things that I mentioned in passing that I liked, wine, just to name a few.  I've had a family give me nothing.  And when you give nothing, the long term commitment of your Nanny or Babysitter may soon disappear.  So, I don't advise you give nothing.  (Believe me.  When you work your butt off to make sure the family and children are happy and well taken care of, it's a slap in the face to not receive anything.)  Parents would be surprised at how much the bonus impacts the long term success of your Babysitter or Nanny continuing to work with you.   It's huge...and I'm not just saying that.  

First things first, you should always give your Nanny or Babysitter a monetary bonus.  (I will get into how much per each category.) This part of the bonus shows how much you appreciate her/him.  Do they clean up your dirty dishes in the sink?  Do they go above and beyond to make your life easier?  Does your Babysitter do things that weren't "in the job description."  So, now is the time to show them how much you love your Nanny/Sitter and appreciate all they do.  

Typically, most families take a vacation during Christmas time.  Come January 2nd when everyone is back at work, it's up to you, the Parents, to determine whether your Nanny/Sitter will be happy for 2014.  
Ok, I still can't get through my head what happened yesterday.  I was walking up Washington.  Naturally, lots of tantrums because Parents don't know how to handle their kids.  One kid in particular didn't want to wear his coat.  He was in tears.  While normally I would say "who cares," this time I wouldn't.  But then if you don't make your kid wear his coat, then when it's 20 degrees, he'll pull the same crap.  So, sorry kid, Hoboken Nanny says you wear the coat.  

But that wasn't the bad part.  

Get ready for this one...

There was a family of 4.  One kid who was about 5 years old, another was about 1 in a stroller.  While the Parents were looking at a menu in the window of a restaurant, they were paying no attention to the 1 year old.  So what happened you ask?  The 1 year old decided to lean out of the stroller and I kid you not, FELL OUT RIGHT ON HIS HEAD.   Like are you f'ing kidding me?  I ran right over to help, but he was "fine."  So on my way I went.  But seriously, Parents!!!  What is wrong with you!  You always keep an eye on your kid in a stroller!!!

But this brings up some thoughts in my head.  If a Nanny were with the kid at the time of that happening, the Nanny would be arrested for negligence.  But somehow, when a Parent fails, it's written off as "it's their kid, they can do what they want."  No...those Parents failed to watch the safety of their children.  THEY should be arrested.  

What do you think of this?  

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