THE KEY TO A PERFECT MATCH!
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At Real Nannies, we know that no matter how good things look on paper, it’s essential that the nanny and family are a good fit. While a solid work agreement, a defined job description and clear expectations all help a match work out, long term successful matches share some common factors...
Communication: Nannies and parents must be able to communicate for the relationship to succeed. Difficult topics often arise and if there isn’t a strong communication foundation in place, those tough conversations can be impossible to have. The ability to engage in open and honest communication, being open minded and always remaining approachable are key in determining the successfulness of a match.
Mutual Respect: Respect is a major factor in any successful relationship. Nannies and parents must have a mutual respect for each other or the relationship will certainly fail. By understanding each other’s ideas, behaviours and beliefs mutual respect will be earnt and the relationship will flourish.
Shared Principles. Now although either party doesn’t need to be a philosophical clone of the other, being on the same page when it comes to raising children will certainly encourage a more solid relationship between a nanny and the parents. When there is shared common ground, it makes for an easier match. Sharing views on things such as routines, positive reinforcement techniques and how you’d like a child to view the world will ultimately create a positive match.
Personality Match. If a family prefers a slow morning routine that consists of breakfast with their kids in their pyjamas, then a nanny who comes rushing in like a storm, flapping about the day ahead, isn’t going to kick the day off to the right start. If a family is so busy with work that they can’t bear to even think about what to put in their children’s lunchboxes, are then placed with a nanny who prefers to be micromanaged, there’s going to be a lot of frustration.