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Published on Monday, December 2, 2013 by

Many working moms are taking advantage of changing technology and are working from home. This has obvious advantages. Your commute is nonexistent which allows you to spend more time with your children and pay less for your nanny. The challenge is developing a working relationship with your nanny which allows her to still maintain control of her work environment. This requires self-discipline, organization, flexibility and consistency.

The following tips may be helpful.

• Set up a separate space for your home office; ideally one with a door that can be closed so your child cannot interrupt you when you are working.

• Say goodbye in the morning – as if you are leaving the house.

• Talk to your children about your work schedule. Explain that you will be working while the nanny spends time with them and if they need anything they need to ask their nanny

• Set up a structured schedule. It will be much easier for children to adapt to a nanny if there is predictability and consistency.

• Encourage your nanny to take your children to the park, community centre, library or for a walk

• Resist the temptation to go to your child if they are crying or calling you. Even if they knock on your office door it is important for them to know that you are working and your nanny is in charge.

It is also important to communicate with your nanny on a regular basis about her working environment. If there are problems both you and your nanny need to feel comfortable about discussing these concerns so you can work together to come up with possible solutions.

Janet MacDonald is the owner of Optimum Nannies and Homecare Inc. (est.1989) If you would like more information regarding this article or services available please go to opti-mum.com or contact Janet directly at janet@opti-mum.com

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