For many moms, the idea of working from home is attractive because it allows them to blend being a stay-at-home mom while having a career and being able to provide or supplement the family’s income. However, merging family and work isn’t always as seamless in reality as it is in conception.
Work-at-home moms can find themselves overwhelmed with the prospect of caring for their children and keeping up with their careers, despite being in the home all day. Hiring a nanny to help out can offer the perfect solution to this conundrum, and affords work-from-home moms many benefits.
By hiring a nanny, work-from-home moms can:
1. Dedicate a few uninterrupted hours to work
Kids can be very demanding of attention, which can turn into a big problem when you’re working on a deadline or need to take a conference call. By having a nanny at your home during the day – even if it’s only for a few hours – you can give your undivided attention to your job because you know your children are under a trained and watchful eye.
2. Develop a close relationship with the nanny
Working from home gives you a unique opportunity to develop a very close working relationship with your nanny. Most parents only see their nannies at the beginning and end of each day, which can prolong the process of building a trusting relationship with their child’s caregiver. When you are working from home, however, you have much more interaction with your nanny and can solidify both a working and personal relationship with her much more quickly.
3. Keep an eye on the quality of care your child is receiving
One of the reasons that many parents are initially wary of hiring a nanny is that you are essentially letting a stranger into your home to care for your child. This can be unnerving for parents who have never left their child in a stranger’s care before and can leave them questioning if their child is actually receiving the care they need. By working from home and employing a nanny, you can observe the care that your child is receiving, leaving you more comfortable with what happens when you aren’t around.
4. Run errands or attend meetings child-free
Getting out the door to attend meetings, go to the gym, or run errands can be stressful, and even impossible some days. However, you can walk out the door and tackle your to-do list child-free when you have a nanny at home to watch over the kids. This can drastically cut back on the time you spend knocking out your to-do list and give you some much-needed alone time for a few hours at a time.
5. Spend less on childcare
Many parents are turned off by the idea of childcare because sending kids to daycare or hiring a full-time nanny can be expensive and unnecessary if you have a parent that works from home and don’t need a full day’s services. However, if you hire a part-time nanny to help watch over your children for a couple of hours a day, then you can drastically cut back on the amount you’re spending on childcare.
There is a stigma with parents who work-from-home hiring a nanny, and some critics view it as laziness on the part of the parent who is at home all day; however, the idea isn’t really as far-fetched as some people might initially think. Employing a nanny can be a huge relief for parents who work from home and are trying to juggle a career and kids. Even if it’s only for a few hours a day, having an extra set of hands to help with the kids can be a lifesaver.
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Nancy Parker was a professional nanny, and she loves to write about a wide range of subjects like health, parenting, childcare, babysitting, hiring a nanny at eNannySource.com. You can reach her at [email protected].