For most working parents, paid childcare is part of the game. Even families with a stay-at-home parent will need the occasional date night sitter or someone to cover the stay-at-home parent’s commitments. So how can you find caregivers, keep them happy, and deal with any trouble spots?
Today’s episode of Best of Both Worlds covers our listeners’ tips. From asking references what they wish the person had done differently, to maintaining a spreadsheet of potential sitters and their availabilities, this episode has it all!
In the question portion we tackle a sticky situation: A listener with one baby writes that her nanny doesn’t do any household tasks. We’re not talking scrubbing the floors, which would be understandable, we’re talking putting away groceries if the grocery order arrives, or emptying the dishwasher if it’s finished while she’s there. The child takes two long naps during work hours, so the listener is unhappy that she comes home to all these tasks. We discussed the importance of setting expectations at the beginning of an employment agreement, because people don’t all assume the same things are part of a job description. Certainly this could be negotiated later on if need be; a list of tasks with a raise attached. But ultimately, you do want to feel like you are all part of the same team. In all employment situations — not just caregiving ones — it’s great to work with people who are looking to be helpful, vs. looking to do the bare minimum. If the listener does need to move on, we note that changing childcare isn’t the end of the world. Kids get new teachers each year and do OK with that.
Please give the episode a listen and share your tips!