Nanny Knows Best

Although Mary Poppins may have saved the day with "a spoon full of sugar", Nanny V employs a more pragmatic approach. No magic, just simple love, attention and consistency. And a healthy dose of humour.

THE GOOD-ENOUGH NANNY

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on Monday, 30 September 2013
It’s one of those days.

All the reasons you started out in child care are not working for you. The passion is a distant memory. The knowledge and skills have abandoned you. And your brain, it’s as grubby as a toddler’s smile post self-feeding of chocolate cake.

It’s not the end of the world. And hopefully, all is not lost. I recently heard a comedian describe herself as a “good-enough” parent. No mother of the year awards adorned the family room mantle, and yet home life functioned perfectly fine. Even if her mother-in-law wore a certain expression of braced disdain at every visit.

When her son asked mum to peel an orange, she told him to grab a biscuit because she was too tired, consumed by domestic chores, or something like that.

Some readers may squeal “child neglect”. Others consider it regular behaviour. But so much more is expected of the nanny.

After all, you are employed to perform a job. And like every other role in society, duty of care and excellence are expected.

In my experience, if your approach and perspective aims for the ideal, then more often than not, you’ll reach the goal you set.

It’s not life threateningly detrimental to give a child a sweet (allergies withstanding), as we all need treats and special moments in life to find balance. It’s what you do most of the time that matters. Though the message you convey is what is important.

And it’s not just about the food either. It might be a favourite play time or toy. Anything to occupy a young mind while you find your groove.

So once you’ve cleaned up the chocolate mess, get some fresh air, hydrate, get your own chocolate fix, employ whatever you need to get back on track and on to your best game. Just know it will happen again, although next time you will recognise the signs earlier and kick into high gear without too much disruption. Well, that’s the theory.




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