What Are Some Things Parents Should Do To Prepare Their Children When Introducing A Nanny Or Manny Into The Family?
- Prepare them with excitement! Let them know that this person is going to love them; play with them; teach them; and create wonderful, magical moments!
- Put the emphasis on the kids - make sure they know that this is not a punishment, or because you don't love them enough to spend time with them. Children can sense the guilt the parent might be feeling, and though that is hard for the parent to work through, remember to keep things positive for your children. A stranger might be scary to them - make sure they know you want to hear how they feel, and will help them talk through their concerns. Let them be involved in the interview process, as well. They will feel like they have more control over the situation.
- Remember that you are doing the right thing for your children by giving them another person to love them; protect them; and make their world joyful and fulfilling. A Nanny will never replace you; it is not a competition. Giving your children love, in the endless forms it can manifest, is the best gift you can ever give!
Florence Ann Romano, Nanny Magic (www.florenceannromano.com ), is a dedicated philanthropist and former nanny who has always had a special place in her heart for children. Romano worked for over 15 years as a nanny, beginning as a 'Mommy's helper' at the age of 11. She shares her experiences in Nanny and Me (Mascot Books, May 2015), her beautifully illustrated debut book for children making the transition from being cared for solely by their parents to having a nanny in their home.
Born and raised just outside Chicago, Romano earned a degree in performance theatre at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She is the owner of Trinity, LLC - a 100% woman owned and new family company that runs the Original Six Media production company. Romano also serves as President and Founder of a junior board for young professionals that support Autism awareness for children and adults.