Ask the Nanny

April 10, 2012

Ask the Nanny: What do you mean the Nanny isn’t coming in?

What happens when the Nanny isn’t there?  How do we handle vacation time?  What if she/we get sick?

Holiday/Vacation: This only really is important if you have a full time nanny…this works best if it is known far in advance. Do you take same vacation every year? If you let her know far out in advance that you won’t need her for 4th of July or the week before Christmas and you know now, tell her!   Please remember these are days you are choosing for her not to work,  see these as paid vacation days for you and the Nanny (unless you want her to come with…but that is for another time with a whole other set of stories). If you can’t live without one week’s pay…neither can your nanny!  There are about a million variations to this, as everyone’s situation is different.  Do you want her to come by and take in the mail/paper, water the plants, rotate the lights?  Then ask! She might *gasp* also want to take a vacation in that time as well so be prepared for her to say “no”, but within reason I am sure she won’t mind pitching in if you ask her in advance!

Sick Days:Will you give her a few sick days? Keep in mind that if she does get sick, it is most likely that your kiddo provided her with all the germs! (Two Words: Stomach Flu). When I was a Nanny, the entire family except Mom got the worst stomach flu I have ever been a party to, there was no possible way I could drag myself into work.  Tell your Nanny to call/text you ASAP if she will not be in that day.  Be understanding, if she is physically incapable of caring for your child it is not doing anyone any good at all for her to be there.  Now, if the parents are the ones who are sick…what can you expect of her?  If you are taking a sick day, asking the Nanny to take everyone out for the day is probably the best idea.  Contain yourself to the bedroom-no use in everyone else getting sick as well!  (Sidenote for nannies:  If you know your nanny-kiddos are sick, bring a change of clothes! There is no horror like being covered in puke and not being able to change!!!)

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About the Author

Sadie Horan
Sadie is a full time Grad Student and Virtual Intern extraordinaire. She has two teaching certificates and is in pursuit of a Masters in Learning Systems Design and Technology. She also spent her post-collegiate years as a full time Nanny for a professional couple in Chicago, IL. Ask the Nanny is a marriage of her favorite things: social media and telling other people what to do!




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