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Top 7 Tips For Hiring A Nanny Or Babysitter

Top 7 Tips For Hiring A Nanny Or Babysitter

Having a nanny has become important for the working women to reduce stress and workload. Nannies can be living with you full time or even come during the day and leave by night. I know the thought of leaving your kid with a complete stranger can freak you out.

The first question to arise in your mind would be, “Why should I hire a nanny?” You can handle both work and family, but in reality it gets hectic to balance both worlds. Working the whole day and having sleepless nights can affect your work, as well as your family life. A couple of thoughts cross your mind, like how will you be able to find a nanny, and how trustworthy would she be with your baby.

Here are a handful of tips to keep in mind before you allow a stranger to care for your kids.

1. Know your search

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    Understand the need of your child and know what kind of a nanny you are looking for. Do you want a nanny to stay with your family? Are you looking for a part-time nanny or a night-time nanny? The criteria needs to be clear. You do not want a person walking in expecting to work part-time and you offer them a full-time nanny job. This way you are clear. It also saves a lot of time during the interview.

    2. Know your budget

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      Knowing your budget is one of the most important points while hiring a nanny. A little flexibility in the offered price is okay. Do not over-budget yourself with hiring a nanny. A live-in nanny actually charges less. Remember, you are providing the nanny with a room and board, but a live-in nanny will also have full access to your family. You will be adding a complete stranger as a family member, so make sure you are ready for it. Also remember that a nanny needs privacy if she stays with your family.

      3. Background check

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        You are allowing a person to have access to your personal life. A nanny will have the right to enter your family, your home, and your baby’s life. You need to know the background of the person you are letting into your life. A personal one-on-one interview isn’t enough to know the person. You need to have thorough knowledge of where she worked earlier. Why did she quit? Where does she live? You should also contact their previous employers to know what she was like while she was working with them. Most importantly, you want to find out how she treated the children? This will give you an idea of how exactly she deals with kids.

        4. Talk with your family

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          Sit and have a discussion about your decision to your family. You do not want an awkward situation later. Listen to the suggestions they give you. What kind of questions would you want to ask? Is your family ready to have a live-in nanny or would they prefer a nanny who comes in the morning and leaves by night? It is necessary to have a discussion because a person entering your home will require some adjustments. Knowing whether your family is ready for such a big adjustment is needed before hiring a nanny. Also, put the pros and cons in front of your family about having a live-in nanny and a nanny coming in the morning and leaving by night.

          5. Contract

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            Start drafting a contract once you get approval from the family. The contract should have be nice and clear. How much are you going to pay? Will you take care of her food and travel allowance if she comes by day and leaves by night? Can she have guests overnight? Can she use the appliances at your place? What are the number of hours you want her to work for you? This will help her get a better understanding of your needs.

            6. Word of mouth

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              While hiring nannies, word of mouth is the best publicity. People refer you nannies they know of. They might have had a personal contact with her or might have seen them work for people they know. This way you know where to knock on the door to do a check on her. Also, people will refer you with the names they think are good at their work. It will save time for you interviewing several other candidates for the job.

              7. Trial period

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                A trial period is compulsory before hiring. During this trial period you’ll get to observe the way she works. It will also give you time to get to know her and get comfortable with her. Another point to keep in mind is to stay back during the trial period of your nanny. Let your children get comfortable before you leave them alone with this stranger.

                Conclusion

                Who would have thought that hiring a nanny would be so hectic? We thought all it took to finish the job would be contacting a local nanny providing firm. However, when it comes to letting your baby be with a stranger, a little extra effort and stress up front will be well worth it in the long run.

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                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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