The Effects Of Nanny Services On A Family: Pros And Cons

April 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting

Raising children can be tough for a busy family lifestyle. Sometimes the mother and father are constantly away on business trips, or working long hours, or what have you. For these families, there are nanny services to help. They offer child care during times when the parents can’t, and their effect on a family is permanent.

The typical nanny works as a full time job. That means that they charge a full, 40 hour week and will do so for a year (per a typical contract). A nanny that makes $8 an hour would cost around $375/week, which means it can get costly. Because of this, they’re typically only used for desperate cases (or rich families).

Desperate cases refer to any number of things, but typically are for families where the parents don’t have the chance to see their kids all the time. The parents work long hours, or they both work during the times when the kids are home, or something like that. They are needed for anytime where the kids would need long-term supervision while the parents are unable to give it.

It’s because of this that a nanny will always have an effect on a family. That effect could be that the children will always have attention, care, and a friend that they’ll need that the parent’s can’t give. It could also mean a variety of other things as well, not all of them good.

Kids may become attached to the nanny more so than the parents, and therefore not listen to the parents. Parents may get too used to handing off the responsibility to the nanny and not discipline or care for their child like a parent should. It can affect everyone, so using a nanny means more than just having someone around for the children.

That’s not to say that nanny services are there to break up a family. They’re there as assistance, and that’s the thing a lot of families can forget. A nanny is a service that’s there to help. They aren’t there to replace parents, which every nanny-seeking parent needs to understand first. Kids do need care and attention and a nanny can provide that, but it’s important to make sure that parent’s do too.

Next, find more resources on nanny services, including online registries such as Sitterycity.com and Care.com.

Comments

2 Responses to “The Effects Of Nanny Services On A Family: Pros And Cons”
  1. You are so right! Some parents tend to forget that nannies are there to assist only, but not to totally replace the parents’ responsibilities in child rearing. I have a sister who is pretty well-off that she can afford a full-time live-in nanny. We call her Yah-yah. And while my sister works as a manager in a soft drinks firm with her husband, my brother-in-law, Yah-yah was there to care for the kids 24/7. When the kids were grown up, their birthday gifts to their Yah-yah were far more expensive than their gifts to their own mom. They have grown closer to their Yah-yah than to my sister, their own mom!

  2. Helen from Baby Shoes says:

    Its important that the parents don’t leave everything to the nanny and are still prepared to get involved in their children’s lives.

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