Nanny sharing pros and cons

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Nanny sharing pros and cons

There are pros and cons to having a nanny share. The biggest pro, I'd say, is the financial benefit. In that situation, there are two families paying for 40 hours a week for one nanny, but they split the cost. So one family can pay for 20 hours a week and have full-time care. It's a big pro. Secondly, you have a situation where there are two children coming together. Then you have the opportunity for children to be able to have more social opportunities than they would if it's just a single nanny with one child. You can imagine, during the day they are going to be going to the park together. They are going to play together. They are going to be learning social skills along with the nanny during the day. As far as cons go, I would definitely start thinking about the fact that your nanny now has to answer to four parents versus the two. Communication can become very confusing if it's not clear. In that situation, there might be different parenting styles. Different ways of responding to discipline situations. Different ways of responding to eating habits, sleeping habits. Now the nanny is trying to cater to both families needs. It can be really difficult, especially if she is managing two children at the same time.

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Lindsay Heller, PsyD

Psychologist, The Nanny Doctor

Lindsay, known as The Nanny Doctor, has been working with families and their nannies for more than a decade. In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, Lindsay was a well-respected nanny for over 10 years in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Now, through her nanny consulting services, Lindsay works in conjunction with families and their agencies to provide a unique specialized service to help each family in finding the best possible match for their family. She aids, not only in the interview and hiring process, but also with the important transition of introducing a new person into the household. She stands firmly beside each of her clients throughout their journey and custom tailors a plan of action for each individual family. No nanny issue is too big or small! Her team is excited to be working with her and are happy to offer every family they work with a complimentary hour of her services!


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