Nanny 911: Managing Disciplinarian Differences

Nanny 911: Managing Disciplinarian Differences

It’s about time for you to leave for the day. The parents are home from work early. You just got finished quelling a tantrum one of the children had over watching TV. You finally distracted the child with something else, but then the parents walk in and the tantrum for the television starts all over again. The child appeals to Mommy and Daddy for the television time because they know their parents are likely to bend for them more easily. You explain to the parents why the child wasn’t watching television in the first place, but they end up appeasing the child while you are still on the clock. Situations like this happen. Most likely, we have all been in a similar scenario at some point in our career where our rules cross with the parents’ rules. No one is perfect. Even if you work as a team 90% of the time, there may still be that 10% of the time that the parents just don’t feel like battling their child and will give in to them just to make their own lives easier. A situation like this can be extremely frustrating to the nanny. HOW DO YOU COPE? Stewing about it can make the situation worse. The best way to deal with the disciplinary issue is to discuss it with your bosses. Also, by taking the best measures possible ahead of time, you can ensure that these sticky situations are few and far between and so you can try to circumvent any issues before they arise. PREVENTIVE MEASURES It is important, when interviewing for a new family, that... Read More