One of the great things about the company that I work with is the different communities that were created to cater to different hobbies or common interests of the employees. One of these communities is the Working Mom Organization where, you guessed it, all mommies join forces to share knowledge and experiences with other mommies.
Last week, we had this so-called Nanny TSI session during lunch. In our company, we have TSIs or Technical Skills Interviews with prospective employees and I found it amusing that we called this session a “TSI” because our main topic was how and what to do when looking for a nanny. It is rather timely to have this since we’ve been semi-actively looking for a nanny the past few weeks.
It was really nice to meet and mingle with fellow mommies in the office and share different stories and issues that are related to what I experience. We even use office jargons and apply them to our family lives and nanny talks. Really fun. 🙂
I’ve summarized what I learned from the session in a few items:
There is never an outage of horror stories and even horror nanny stories is no exception. From nannies having non-GP experiences with their tots to stealing, lies, deception and negligence. Just remember that we should know when a scenario is forgivable and when it is time to let go of a nanny.
We should know our requirements when hiring for a nanny. Identify our negotiables and non-negotiables so that we can set expectations with the nanny right away. We should also know our budget since they differ depending on experience too.
We’ve also discussed the Kasambahay Bill particularly the minimum wage, vacation policies, SSS, Philhealth and other perks that you give your helpers. It helps to see how the rates are with other families for comparison and what perks they give their nannies.
Despite the horror stories, there are also a lot of success stories. Those that will make you feel ensured that your child is in good hands while you’re at work. One mom even said that her current nanny exceeds her expectations and that she’s very happy with how the nanny adjusted well with their family’s way of child rearing.
So it is possible to have a successful relationship with your nanny. Sometimes it just takes a bit of a trial and error to get the right one for your family. I hope that we will able to have our own success stories in the near future too. 🙂