4 Bonus Nanny Skills That Can Help Your Kids Get Ahead
Many parents never think to ask their nanny if they have any extra skills or strengths that could come in handy on the job. They make sure their nanny is CPR certified, that she can swim, and that her references are impeccable, but they usually miss things like musical abilities, additional languages, tutoring skills for older children, and athletic skills.
Does your nanny play an instrument? Give your kiddo a head start by asking her to introduce your little one to the instrument she plays. You just may discover that you have a budding Mozart in the family. Learning and playing an instrument can be fun, and is a great activity for your nanny and child to do together on a rainy day.
A Second (or Third) Language
Does your nanny speak a language that isn’t typically spoken in your home? If so, ask her to start introducing new words and phrases in the second (or third) language to your child. Studies show that the sooner a language is introduced into a child’s life the easier it is for them to learn it. Writing and speaking a second language fluently looks amazing on both university entrance applications and on job resumes.
Did you ask your nanny if they have any academic strengths or college credit? Maybe they are a math whiz or perhaps they excelled in Biology. With schools starting advanced math and Algebra earlier than ever, having a nanny who can tutor your older kids can be a homework lifesaver.
Does your little one play t-ball or soccer? Your nanny may not have listed sports on her resume, but she may be able to bend it like Beckham. Even if she doesn’t consider herself athletic, she may still be able to help your little sports star practice.
If your nanny doesn’t have any of the skills listed above, that perfectly fine too. Everyone has their own strengths and talents, and these four are just the most often overlooked.
About the Author:
Deborah Shure is the owner and founder of NannyTax, the premier nanny payroll service in Canada. With over 25 years of combined financial experience, Deborah and her team are the most trusted source of nanny payroll information. When she isn’t busy providing “nanny tax frustration relief”, Deborah is spending time with her 3 kids doing all the things that supermoms do!