Hiring a nanny

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Hiring a nanny

Hiring a nanny, the most important thing you have to take into account is what your immediate needs are. So you really need to sit down and figure out, "What do I need this person to do?" When I have a newborn, whether you work in the house, out of the house, part-time, whatever, you need somebody really to focus on taking care of the baby, helping you with the baby. As your children get older that person changes and your needs change, so it's important not to get too attached or be willing to say, "This is not working anymore," even if they become part of your family, sometimes it just doesn't work anymore. When your kids are in preschool, you don't really need somebody all day long who's not going to be able to do some cleaning maybe, or help you get dinner ready if you're working out of the house, so you need to be able to say at each stage of your child's life, "Maybe this is not working anymore." And instead of going and starting to hire a bunch of people to do that job, maybe you can hire one person to do the right job that you need. And so... and when you're... let's say, you have another baby, then that's a whole another thing. And I've seen so many people fall on this situation where they'll just start staffing up instead of figuring out what's not working with the person that they have.

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Linda Meadow is the founder and editor of gurumommy.com and is also the author of the City Baby L.A. series, which already is in its 3rd edition.  Linda started her career as an attorney, and after having her 3 children decided to recharge her career as an author and 'expert' mommy, advising parents in Los Angeles and beyond!  Linda has been featured as a style, parenting and travel contributor in InStyle, US Weekly, Cookie, People Magazine and online at modernmom.com, havefamilywilltravel.com, momlogic.com, jenandbarbmomslife.com and mommytracked.com. Linda is also a marketing consultant specializing in social media, mobile applications and e-commerce for several online sale sites.  

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