Nanny Share Children: A Built in Buddy
Icing on the cake! Nanny share children have so much fun!
We have already discussed what nanny sharing offers parents and nannies in Nanny Sharing: An Innovative Option. Now let’s focus attention on the most important part of a nanny share, the children.
Our neighbor’s little girl was absolutely terrified being left with babysitters and other unfamiliar child care providers. So on the first day of our nanny share, we expected she might feel a bit uneasy being dropped off at our house with our nanny. But not at all! She barely gave her mom a wave goodbye before running off to play with our daughter, so excited to play with different toys.
More often than not, kids love being around other kids. Why wouldn’t they? Kids are more fun than adults! Nanny shares provide that social interaction with another child that both makes their day more enjoyable and they learn to get along with others. Parents who intend to have only one child often find nanny shares especially appealing for providing their child with social interaction with other children early on.
Of course, a nanny’s day can be more challenging working with more children. However, nannies also often report their day is also more enjoyable watching the children have fun together. And sometimes they even describe it as easier as the children entertain one another.
So nanny share children share fun, share toys, share snacks, but they also share germs, right? Well, maybe somewhat true. But one of the benefits of a nanny share setting is that the children get social interaction but with less germs than other settings such as a daycare.
Even if they do share a few germs, current research suggests that exposure to a little germ can help build immunity and prevent allergies and asthma later in life.
Many nanny share children become fast friends and enjoy an ongoing friendship, even after the nanny share ends. But say the share kids do not get along? Then what? Well, then they learn early on how to “get along”. A valuable capability to possess in life. We all know a few adults that could have benefitted from practicing “playing well with others”. Haha.
You are really setting your child up for success if you foster socialization. If nanny shares don’t seem like a good fit for you, an alternative consideration may be hiring a nanny who brings their own child along with them to work. This setup can also enjoy many of the same benefits, described more in So You Want To Bring Your Child To Work With You: A Guide for Nannies Who Are Moms.
So come on! Let’s get on to setting up a nanny share!