The 411 on Nanny Shares- Managing the Relationships

Written by: Jessica Minahan

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

(Check out Part 1 on finding a partner family in case you missed it!)

Part 2 of 3: Managing the Relationships

Woohoo! You’ve found a great family to share with. Now, your nanny will have FOUR bosses?? How do you manage this?

It can already be intimidating to have a husband and wife combo to work for…then, add in another set of parents and things can get down right tough! Here are some tips on managing your nanny share relationships to keep things smooth and as easy as possible for everyone involved.

  • Communication
    • Strong, open communication is key in making this relationship work.  Have a game plan on how you’ll approach managing your nanny. For example, I recommend that if you have something that needs to be discussed with your nanny, meet with the other parents first to talk through the situation. That way, you’ll all be on the same page and your nanny won’t feel like everyone is coming at her from different directions at once.
  • Logistics
    • Get the logistical arrangements down before your nanny is on board. Figure out you and your share family want things to work and make sure you’re all clear on expectations. Then, when you sit down with your nanny, everyone will be in agreement and have a clear understanding on how things will work.
  • Compensation
    • While you should discuss the nanny’s compensation with the other family, there isn’t much else you need to do together when it comes to paying your nanny.  Make sure you keep payments separate and each family involved will be responsible for their own taxes, etc. Of course, you can go in together on special things like bonuses, gifts or other ways you can show your appreciation.
  • Respect
    • Respect EVERYONE involved in your nanny share.  Refrain from talking about the other child or family with your nanny.  Keep the relationship very professional. If something should arise between the families involved, talk to each other and don’t drag the nanny into it.

Need more tips from Sarah? Check out her third blog with tips on how to keep things organized in your nanny share- coming soon…

Still looking for a family to share with? Find the perfect nanny share family at NannyShare Chicago Hurry- registration and services are FREE until July 1st, so start looking today!

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM