Originally Posted by therdogg
I agree, nannies should have a thirty minute break at least. Daycare workers receive thirty minute unpaid breaks and do not make cell phone calls while watching children. Is this preferable?
I honestly do not understand the complaining about a parent preference for no personal phone calls while at work. MANY jobs have this rule. There is a difference between trusting someone's judgment and setting expectations. Most workplaces, for example, have some sort of dress code, they don't just leave it to the judgment of employees. Even if that code is very loosely defined, as in "professional" or "business casual" or "business formal" or "casual Fridays."
To set an expectation that goes: "my expectation is that this is a job like any other, that you will arrive by the start of your shift ready to begin working, that personal phone calls and errands will generally be refrained from, as will personal internet and television use. I expect that you will engage my children and you may take a thirty minute break while x is napping during which time I encourage you to relax and make phone calls if needed. During the rest of naptime, please use the time to organize the play area, plan art projects, read any books on child development you find interesting in our vast childrearing library, write an entry in our communication journal, or plan a playdate." I don't see why this is so controversial. Again, I was a professional nanny.
I'm a SAHM, and if I had to go back to work and we hired a nanny I would expect her to do all the things I would do if I were home. Is that what most nannies do, or is that expecting too much?
1. Now with that in mind, throughout the day my hubby will call me and we will talk for a few minutes, but if I'm busy I either don't answer the phone, you just pick it up really quickly and tell him I can't talk.
2. As far as running errands, wouldn't she be running the household errands, so an extra few minutes wouldn't bother me, as long as it didn't interfere with naps, feedings etc. but I wouldn't want them running the streets all day either.
I was just under the impression that a nanny's job was to do the "Moms' Job" when she can't. Basically a household manager of sorts I guess?
Because when I came home from work I would expect the house to be clean, and dinner started, so I could spend time with my son without running around like a mad woman.
Someone Clarify what they have their nanny do.