Unfortunately, having the title of “nanny” has gotten a bad reputation over the years due to infidelities in celebrity relationships and marriages as well as the depictions portrayed on reality TV. Even with those instances, there are still nannies out there that truly have a love for children and take pride in having “nanny” as their career title. Now, that’s just the bad reputation that’s been placed on individuals who have taken on a career as a nanny… Do you know where the really bad reputation lies? The truly bad reputation falls on the mothers who actually hire nannies to help take care of their children.
The stigma of being a “bad mom” has fallen upon housewives who hire nannies, especially if they’re a full-time mom but even with that, full-time moms still need “me time!” The real question is, why is there such a negative attitude towards mothers hiring for help with their children? There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting that you need help taking care of your children… in fact, it actually shows strength in knowing that you can’t do it all, all the time. People didn’t come up with the saying “it takes a village” for nothing…
Hiring a full-time or part-time nanny is not only added enforcement in the home and a great parenting move but it also can make children feel more comfortable overall in the sense that they won’t be lacking any type of parental guidance. It’s been said that mothers who hire nannies are lazy or too self-absorbed to handle the responsibilities of such a responsibility when that’s not the case at all. Hiring a nanny has many benefits that improve the daily lives of moms everywhere, without the reality TV drama.
Here are the top five reasons why there is no shame in hiring a nanny to help you out.
You’re Able to Put More Focus On Yourself
Being a mom is hard work and it’s very easy to get trapped in the dimension of losing yourself and settling into the role of being just a mom. There will be those who will turn their nose up at focusing on yourself claiming it’s a selfish move but you have to look at focusing on yourself from a health standpoint. How can you take care of your children when you’re not in good enough condition to even take care of yourself?
The Huffington Post states that being a parent means putting your needs last but all too often parents end up not tending to their needs at all. Putting more focus on yourself will allow you to recharge and give yourself a mental and emotional break away from the mental rigors of daily life and parenting (because being a parent is not easy). The time that the nanny has with your children will allow you to recharge and come back to parenting feeling like a mom who’s better able to handle the challenges that come with parenting.
You’re Able to Count on Their Dependability
As a mom, the thought of entrusting someone to watch your children is a pretty terrifying thought but once you’ve gotten to know your nanny and observed their behavior and dependability, it’s a calming feeling to know that you are able to know that your children are in safe hands. The nanny is not only going to be there for your children but they’re going to be there for you as well.
There’s No Rule That Says You Have to Parent Alone
Whether you’re a single parent who works, stay-at-home mom, or if your spouse works, there’s no rule that says you have to raise your children by yourself. You, of course, have family and friends that would be there for you but what if you relocated and don’t have family and friends that live close by? Outside of family, your next best option would be to hire a nanny. If there’s nothing wrong with having your family and friends help out, why is it so wrong to hire help?
You Might Just Need a Temporary Stress Reliever
Just because you hire a nanny, that doesn’t mean that you’re hiring the nanny to take care of your children forever. Sometimes as busy parents, you just need a break every now and then and it’s nice to have a reliable person that will be there to help you in your time of need. Maybe work has you working long hours and you need someone to watch your children until you get home. Maybe you have family and friends coming into town and you need help keeping the children entertained while entertaining the guests in your home…
There are so many stressors that could be negatively impacting your life and it takes a strong person to be able to realize when you need help. Don’t feel bad about hiring a nanny. It is an important part of self-care and taking care of your mental health!