When it comes to looking for household help, we all want a Mrs. Doubtfire. I think most of us are lucky enough to have found our own version of Mrs. Doubtfire but some has nothing but horror stories to tell. I myself have a story of my own.
So I’ve decided to pool suggestions, ideas and tips on dealing with our nannies.
I grew up surrounded by help because my parents offered stay in option for all our helpers (including the ones from my parents’ businesses). I grew up close to most of them because I see that my parents treat them like family. And one of the many things I learned from my Mom is to treat helpers properly.
We eat with them, we let them watch movies with us, we go to the beach with them and their families, we celebrate Christmas with them, we give them proper salary, we give them proper insurance, etc. These are the reasons why our helpers stay long with us. There’s also few who are with my parents long before I was even born.
My parents told me to give the helpers what is due and just and leave them no reason to treat us badly in return. At that time, it didn’t make sense to me but now it does– it absolutely does.
My husband and I gained confidence on Ate M (Peaches’ nanny) because we truly saw her concern for Peaches and we feel that she loves Peaches like her own.
But there were times when I sense that Ate’s mind is somewhere else and it could be dangerous for both her and Peaches. Troy and I talked and came to conclusion that Ate might be distracted on worrying too much about her son that she left at home with Ate’s ailing sister. So we lend Ate our old cellphone so she can have immediate contact with her son (they share one cellphone). I also give her salary weekly so she can manage it well (Ate’s a single Mom).
These are just few of the things I do to make Ate feel comfortable and feel that she’s treated right. In return, she gives us peace of mind when Troy and I need to leave her and Peaches at home.
How about you do you have any tips or suggestions? Feel free to share it with us 🙂