Do Your Teenagers Need a Nanny?
Optimum has been placing Nannies for almost 24 years. Throughout this period we have worked with many families who have used our services several times. As your children mature and your family dynamic changes so do your needs.
Finding a Nanny for teenagers can be a daunting task. As a mother of two young adults I understand the challenges parents encounter. Teenagers are asserting their independent and the last thing they feel they need is a babysitter. In fact as a parent you may wonder if your child needs this kind of supervision (especially if they are old enough to babysit.).
When I speak to parents regarding this issue I ask them if they feel their child can manage their schedule and if they need assistance with organization, supervision and transportation to various after school activities. The following suggestions may be of some assistance if you are thinking of hiring a Nanny for your teenagers.
1. The first step in this process is to re-think the job description and job title. I am sure your teenagers would feel better and less embarrassed about having a Household Manager than a Nanny. If this person is working for you full time there is plenty of time for house cleaning, running errands and helping with meal prep and laundry. Also, Household managers are sometimes asked to tutor, assist children with homework and teach another language.
2. Talk to your teenage children about the role this individual will play in your family and stress the importance of the support she will provide them and you as a working parent. It is important to emphasize that having a Household Manager that drives will allow them to participate in after school activities
3. Tell your teens that you are not engaging the services of a Household Manager because you don’t trust them or need someone to police their activities.
It is important to evaluate the maturity and personality of your teens to determine a good fit with a Household Manager. This person should act as a peer counselor, have a good sense of humour, excellent organizational skills and allow your children some age appropriate independence. They can also provide emotional support and act as an adult role model. Your children should feel they can communicate openly to ensure a balanced and respectful relationship.