A few months back, I wrote an article for Parenting about how to hire a nanny and what not to do. The article went live on their web site a few weeks back and I wanted to share that here as well. It's a super informative story, but it also kind of funny since it shares the mistakes Mike and I made early on when hiring our first nanny.
How to Hire a Nanny and What Not to Do
Mom shares nanny horror story and what she learned to do—and not to do—when hiring a caregiver
After the birth of my second baby—a sweet little boy—my husband and I decided to hire a nanny to help with him and our 5-year-old daughter. I was returning to work full-time, and my job included a great deal of travel.
We scoured caregiver websites without luck, and friends and family referrals yielded no candidates. In desperation, we placed a Craigslist ad and found Holly in short order.
She had a college degree, childcare experience and was well spoken. She aced our very brief interview and seemed to have a rock-solid resume. She was a mom herself, which in my mind meant she had to be loving and kind. Within a day of meeting her, we had hired her to care for our children.