Reasonable expectations of nannies and caregivers

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I was a nanny before I became a mom. So when I have my first child I thought I would know everything. I had spent so much time with kids including doing overnight and taking them to places. And then when I had my child I was like, they take naps? I don't remember giving naps. There were so many things I didn't remember. So this is my perspective now that I hire babysitters. I realized you have to be very specific. Tell them everything you want. They don't know that your child sleeps with the light's half on or the door a little bit ajar. If you want them to clear the dinner table and wash those dishes and put them away, spell it all out because when you come at the end of the night and you pay someone you don't want to feel disappointed that they didn't do all these things that you never told them to do to begin with because you'll just blame yourself for not having shared exactly what you expect. So you really have to make a list and re-use it every time you hire the babysitter. What do you want them to have for dinner and what should they do afterwards. Spell it all out so you won't be disappointed.

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Whitney Moss

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Upon becoming a mom, Whitney Moss joined forces with her BFF Heather Gibbs, and they began writing down hundreds ideas for fun things to do – with babies in tow. The result was their book, The Rookie Mom's Handbook: 250 Activities To Do With (and Without!) Your Baby and website, RookieMoms.com, which has been on Babble.com's list of Top 50 Mom Blogs twice. Whitney has been a contributor on BabyCenter.com and spoken at the MamaBear family tech conference.  Whitney lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children: Julian, eight and Scarlett, five. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA and attended Barnard College.

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