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How do I tell my child we’re hiring a nanny?

At Happy Nest we sympathise with the roller coaster of parenting and we know it can be challenging (to say the least!). It’s good to reach out and ask for help and that’s why we offer unbiased support with a process that’s as smooth as possible.

Some parents struggle with how to tell their child – or children – that they are hiring a nanny to help with childcare. It can be a sensitive topic, especially if they are used to having their parents’ full attention. So, sit tight – coming up are some tips on how to approach this conversation with your children in a positive and reassuring way.

It’s important to approach the topic of hiring a nanny with sensitivity and care.

1. Be honest: Explain to them why you need a nanny and how it will benefit the family. Be sure to emphasise that you will still be there for them and that the nanny is there to help. Avoid blaming yourself or your children for the decision. Emphasise the benefits of having a nanny, such as learning new skills or making new friends because let’s face it – having a nanny is fun!

2. Reassure your children: Tell your children that hiring a nanny does not mean that you love them less or that you will be absent from their lives. Remind them that you will always be there for them.

3. Involve your child: Ask your children for their opinion and involve them in the process. This will help them feel more comfortable with the idea of having someone new in their lives who will soon become part of the family.

4. Set expectations: Let your children know what to expect from the nanny and what is expected of them. This will help establish clear boundaries and ensure that everyone is on the same page.

5. Be patient: Your children may have mixed feelings about having a nanny. They may be excited, curious, anxious or even jealous. Validate their emotions and listen to their concerns. Don’t force them to like the nanny or to behave in a certain way. Encourage them to express themselves and to share their thoughts and feelings with you and the nanny. It may take some time for your children to adjust to having a nanny. Be patient and understanding and give your children time to get to know the nanny and build a relationship with them.

We always try our best to help you find the perfect nanny. We will be there as your new nanny starts their journey with you for help and advice throughout the whole of the placement so enquire today.

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