Mountain View & Via Lista: This busy professional returning family with 3 active boys is seeking a mature, firm, structured nanny / educator to care for, teach and keep their sons organized. Typical schedule is M-F, from 8-4 or 8:30 – 4:30, with flexibility. Both parents are still working from home due to Covid. Their sons are 10 years old, 7 years old, and 4 years old. Their family has been completely isolated for months and not socializing or taking any risks whatsoever. Mom works completely from home and will continue to do so. Dad sells medical devices to the OR and is currently working from home and if he needs to go into a hospital down the road, he will quarantine in an airbnb before returning home. The upcoming school year for the 10 year old and the 7 year old is still uncertain – whether they will do online schooling the entire school year, return to school at a later time or do a combination of online and home schooling is still to be determined. If the 10 year old and 7 year old continue with online schooling, the nanny will be responsible for supervising them and keeping them on task and organized with their school work but the primary focus will be on the 4 year old. The 4 year old is planning to start kindergarten at Basis for the 2021 – 2022 school year so the nanny’s primary focus this year will be on preparing the 4 year old for kindergarten and teaching him how to read and write so he is prepared for the advanced curriculum. The 2 older boys have been completing the homework packet for the summer and will be returning in 3 weeks to the virtual classroom, from 8AM-4PM. The 10 year old is extremely responsible , listens well and is a straight A student. He is friendly to everyone, and doesn’t like to be rough and tumble. He’s artsy and expressive and he’s a helper so he’s an asset and will be the right hand man to the nanny. The 7 year old is your boy’s boy and has a lot of energy and likes to engage in activities. It’s a struggle with him with online learning and he is rowdy and needs to get up and walk around and move in between classes to get work done. He likes to verbalize himself a lot, and he can get under people’s skin when he’s bored. He needs structure to stay on task. For the 4 year old boy, everything is no, he’s described as being super head strong, stubborn, and a challenge. This family has been with us for years and we’ve placed nannies in their household and both the nannies and the parents are very honest in saying that the 3 boys are not easy to care for. A strong structured nanny is needed to enforce rules and discipline and to keep the boys in line. Mom said they need a “drill sergeant and not a timid nanny.” Must be comfortable with both parents working from home. An ideal nanny would share the family’s philosophy that she is a care provider but also an educator. The best fit is going to be a nanny who will consistently implement a daily schedule that ensures their kids are meeting or exceeding their milestones.  They also value a nanny who can keep up with the needs of the household – kids laundry and meal prep, for example, time permitting. Pets: 2 cats and a dog. Compensation: $20-$22/hr. Starts ASAP (REF#MMSC)


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What is the difference between a Nanny and a Babysitter? The easiest way to tell the difference between a nanny and a babysitter is to give some examples. If two children are fighting over a riding toy, a babysitter will simply swoop it up and distract the children with another activity.

But a Nanny will see this as a learning opportunity and will as questions, like: “What did you do?” or “What was wrong with that?” or “What would have been a better way to handle that situation?” or “Can you tell your brother you’re sorry and ask him to forgive you?” to get the children thinking about their behavior and how they could have done things differently. She is thinking about the whole child, their character, manners, and values.

A Nanny comes in with a plan. She’s thinking about small muscle, large muscle development, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development. She’s thinking about the age the child is now and what to expect three months out, and how to accelerate development through art and crafts, books, asking questions, outdoor activities, finger plays, music, books and field trips. Her main priority is the child’s character, especially to develop qualities like creativity, attentiveness, kindness, honesty, courage, self-discipline resilience and a joy in living, all foundational to success.

A Nanny uses the entire day as a learning opportunity. If a two year old discovers an earthworm under some new sod, the Nanny may start a worm farm in a quart jar, get a library book about worms, do art projects about worms and do music and movement and talk about how important worms are to us. (There would be no food on the earth without the hard work worms do for us!)

If a toddler is eating blueberries, she may ask him to count them, and count agin when one is eaten. If he can cut a banana slice in half, she’ll be talking about halves and quarters.

A Nanny has years of professional experience and possibly an educational background and sees herself as a teacher. She usually becomes a part of the family and is considered almost a third parent. She may have more experience than the parents and can give parents insights about ages and stages. She may spend more time with the child than the parents and keeps a log or reports about the child’s day. She works full or part time, but has a regular salary or hourly pay, and gets paid 52 weeks per year. She usually gets paid holidays and vacations and has a written working agreement with her family. This is a career for her.

babysitter usually comes when needed, is on call, and keeps the child safe, fed and puts them to bed. She is paid hourly.

If you are mostly an at-home parent and only work 10-15 hour per week, a babysitter may be a good option for your household. But if parents are both in demanding full-time positions, a nanny can be an essential element of your child-rearing strategy.

One more difference. A Nanny oftentimes has down time during naps or when a child is in preschool. She may throw in a load of laundry or get dinner started. She will often grocery shop or pick up a gift for the weekend birthday party. This way, the family has more quality time to capture those fleeting cherished relationships.

Beth Weise

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