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15 Mar 2013

How to Know If You Need a Weekend Nanny

These days there are more and more families hiring a weekend nanny to help them juggle busy schedules, pitch in with multiples or help care for a child who has special needs. Some of those families have a regular nanny who works full or part time during the week. Others don’t. But all have found that having extra help over the weekend makes their lives easier. Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding if a weekend nanny is a good choice for your family.

Do you have busy kids going in opposite directions over the weekend?
Once kids get busy with sports, classes and friends, the weekend schedule can get out of control. If you find yourself stressed out because your son has soccer practice, your daughter has a softball game and your oldest needs to be taken to the mall for a haircut, all at the same time, a weekend nanny might be the perfect option for you. A nanny will not only provide supervision for the kids, she can also provide safe, reliable transportation to wherever your child needs to go. And she’s there to handle whatever problems may come up. That means if the practice is rained out or the game runs late, your child won’t be stranded.

Are you a new parent of multiples?
More babies mean more work. If you have infant twins or triplets, chances are you need weekend help just to keep up. Having an extra set of hands can help you handle all the basics, like diapering, bathing, dressing, feeding and cuddling with your babies. A weekend nanny can also help you catch up on laundry, organizing supplies, shopping and all of the many other tasks that come with being a new parent. Having the support of an experienced and energetic caregiver can also help you sneak in some down time during your weekend off. That little bit of extra help will get you ready to tackle the upcoming week.

Would you like to spend one on one time with your child?
If you have more than one child, it can be hard to set aside a block of time on a regular basis to devote to each child. However the benefits are worth the effort. That special parent and child time can deepen and strengthen your relationship. Kids who know they’re going to have special time with Mom or Dad often act out less often and feel more valued within the family unit. Having a regular weekend nanny can make it easy to spend time with each child individually. She can free up your time and attention and make sure your other kids are well cared for.

Do you want to carve out some “me time” during your weekend?
When you’re a parent, it often seems that there just aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the week to get everything done. In fact, you may feel like your focus is constantly on trying to successfully juggle your responsibilities at work and at home. You spend your weekends trying to catch up with what you missed during the week. That doesn’t leave much time, if any, to do what you want to do. Imagine being able to take a pottery class, spend a few hours pursuing your photography hobby, attend a university lecture or simply take a nap in the middle of the afternoon.  A weekend nanny can give you the coverage you need to take some time for self-care; an essential element to a healthy life balance. Because your nanny can plan fun things for your kids to do during that time, you can enjoy your pursuits guilt-free.

Do you often have to work during weekend hours?
 There aren’t a lot of childcare options for parents that need extra coverage on Saturday or Sunday. That leaves many harried parents scrambling for quality, flexible childcare. Because nanny care can be tailored to fit your individual needs, it’s the perfect option for you if you’re required to work or be on call over the weekend. Having a nanny over the weekend also allows your kids to enjoy the simple weekend pleasures, like being able to sleep in on Saturday mornings or have friends over for the afternoon. A weekend nanny can also make sure your child is able to keep up his normal schedule while you’re at work.

Having a weekend nanny is becoming a popular option for many parents. The additional childcare coverage on Saturday and Sunday can help with busy schedules and hectic lives, which makes for happy parents and kids.

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