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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 December 9, 2019

                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                The result: no more mental stress.

                2. Unplug

                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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