Yes, it’s great to do it all on your own however, this is not always an option. Getting a secondary caregiver for your little one may just be the best thing for both you and your family.
There are many advantages to getting a secondary caregiver such as a nanny or au-pair. Here we touch on just a few of the many benefits.
- A nanny is based in your home; therefore it is very convenient and allows your child to feel safe in a familiar environment. This will also ensure that your mind is at ease, as you know the whereabouts of your little darling.
- It is critical at a certain age that your little one sticks to certain routines. Having a caregiver in the comfort of your home, ensure that routines are met with accuracy and the caregiver is able to plan the day and certain activities around your kid’s routines. This helps to keep them happy and settled.
- If you have more than one child, it may be cheaper to hire one nanny to attend to them all rather than pay for each child to attend a day-care. This can be a huge expense, when we know how many other daily expenses we have.
- Working moms are able to focus all their attention on their job at hand, with the peace of mind that their little one is in good hands and getting the attention, love and affection that they require. This is especially great if your little one has a minor illness. It is the peace of mind that you will not need to rush out of the office to pick them up from day-care and spens days at home ensuring that they are happy and comfortable.
- The above step can also work the other way around. When you are sick in bed with flu, you don’t have to worry about drop-off and pick-up times. Your secondary caregiver will the at home with your little one and occupy them in their daily routine, allowing you to get the proper rest you require.
- School holidays don’t become a dreaded time. School holidays don’t need to break the routine that has been set in place. You don’t need to stress about how much leave you have of feel guilty leaving them in the care of someone they do not know. With a caregiver, nothing changes when day-care closes. Your little one will continue their day as they do every day. This will certainly make your life a little less stressful.
- A nanny will soon be integrated into your family and will be able to pick up on things like when your little one is feeling slightly off or something is bothering them, and when you are running low on essentials.
- A nanny can assist with little things you may not have time to attend to such as bath time, preparing dinner, hanging the washing. Although they are not your personal chef or cleaner, they are generally happy to assist where they can. This is all part of their integration into the family.
- Secondary caregivers are usually with the same family for many years, allowing the child or children to build up close bonds and confide in them. The caregiver is not seen as a “parent” and therefore children usually speak more openly to them.
- Most importantly they are trained for the job at hand. Nothing your little one can do, could not be handled by a trained and qualified caregiver. This will once again put your mind at ease and ensure that your bundle of joy is receiving the best care possible.
There is no need to feel guilty about being a working mom, so you love your job or maybe you don’t but the income is much needed. It is OK. With the help of secondary caregivers there is no need to feel guilty of ashamed. Remember you are not alone.