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If your nanny knows how to be a good nanny, your child will look forward to seeing her every day.

If being a nanny isn’t exactly something that comes naturally to her, your child will probably dread seeing her.

What does a nanny do when a child doesn’t like her?

If she’s good at her job, she steps up her game. It’s always extremely important for parents to make sure their youngsters enjoy the presence of their nannies. Otherwise, they could end up with some very unhappy little ones on their hands. If you want to make sure your child likes her nanny, paying close attention can help a lot. No one understands your child like you do, after all.

Here is what to watch for:

1. Monitor their dealings with each other

Watch your child and nanny when they’re together, preferably when they’re not paying much attention to you. Ask yourself if your child seems happy. Assess the situation and determine whether or not it seems natural and laid-back. If the interaction appears forced and uncomfortable, then that isn’t a good sign. If your child appears to be having fun and appears to be 100 percent comfortable, then that probably means she loves her nanny. Young children aren’t exactly the best at hiding their emotions.

2. Get the answer straight from your child

It can never hurt to ask your child directly what she thinks of her nanny. Children tend to be the most honest and blunt individuals around, so you’ll likely get a truthful response from her. If she tells you she likes her nanny, she probably really does. If she says that she doesn’t, that’s means you should start looking for a better and more appropriate replacement without a second of delay.

3. Go with your gut

Parents are extremely protective of their children. If your child isn’t happy, you’ll probably be able to feel it in your gut. It isn’t exactly easy to fool a protective parent. If you for whatever reason don’t feel totally comfortable with your nanny and don’t truly believe that your child likes her, that means that she just isn’t a good match for you. Parental instincts don’t lie. If you find the presence of your nanny unsettling, that means that it’s time to move on and head for greener pastures. There are so many talented, experienced and wonderful nannies out there, and that’s why there’s never any reason to settle for anyone who isn’t great.

4. Assess your child’s mood

If your child seems to be in a great mood after your nanny leaves, that means that she probably likes her a lot. If her mood is always cranky and unpleasant after the nanny goes home, that probably means the exact opposite.

5. Have a conversation with the nanny

Make a point to have a conversation with the nanny yourself. If you find her personality engaging and pleasant, there’s a good chance your youngster does too. If you find her demeanor off-putting and unappealing for any reason, your child may share your feelings.

Do you have any experiences with nannies? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • Very wise tips, I haven’t used a nanny before.

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  • Great tips. Ive never used a nanny and lucky to be able to stay home until youngest starts school but I always find it really difficult leaving my kids with anyone other than our immediate family and when there at school.

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  • I never had a nanny but the only experience with one was rather negative im afraid.
    She was 24 and posted many personal details of the family that she worked for online. It was very disturbing some of the things she would say and at one stage even posted that she was employed to look after the daughter but couldnt stand her and didnt want to leave because she had formed a strong bond with the young teenage son. Was enough to make me feel very concerned for the poor girl she was caring for and made me very thankful that I was the one that looked after my kids.

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  • No, we never had nannies. Good tips though.

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  • Good tips for the modern mother. Never needed one in my day.

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