When deciding to hire a live-in nanny, parents have to be aware of both the pros and cons and to carefully consider whether this arrangement would be suited to you and your family.
Pros of a Live-In Nanny
- The nanny becomes part of the family, providing support to the family when parents have to work and need an extra pair of hands
- Children are secure in having the same caregiver on a consistent basis
- Live-in nannies have a more flexible schedule and can be there should you work late or need to leave early or watch the kids overnight
- No need to rush the kids off to daycare before work early in the morning
- You have someone you can use for babysitting (at an extra cost)
- Live-in nannies often help with light housekeeping and run light errands
- Live-in nanny salaries are more cost effective as you are providing the food and accommodation
- There is some anecdotal evidence that the retention rate of a live-in nanny is better than their live-out counterparts
Cons of a Live-In Nanny
- Monthly food and utility expenses will increase but this is evened out with the lower salary cost of a live-in nanny
- Space needed in home to provide accommodation for the nanny
- Less privacy as you are in essence sharing your private space with another person
- May need to provide use of a car to the nanny
- When you have a dispute can make things more awkward
Is a live-in nanny suited to your family?
- Do you mind having someone’s dirty socks lying around besides your family members?
- Can you deal with conflict constructively? Would you ignore the nanny in a conflict situation or communicate and resolve the issue openly?
- If your nanny comes home from a late night out, knocking over the pot plant on her way in, how would you react?
- Are you happy to have your nanny watch tv with you with her running commentaries?
What I’m trying to say here in a light hearted way is that hiring a live-in nanny is like accepting a new member into your family and that even though the family and nanny’s new lifestyle may need some adjustment, the pros outweigh the cons and can be the start to a long, mutually beneficial collaboration