Being Flexible Vs. Job Creep

28d87-boundariesRespecting Professional Boundaries

Being flexible and having an attitude of helpfulness is essential to being a successful nanny. But, when pitching-in becomes expected and nannies do more and more chores increasing their job duties, without extra compensation, they often burn-out and become resentful.

When employers commonly require increasing amounts of work, relative to the normal requirements of a nanny position, it’s popularly called job creep.

Needs of children and families are often fast-paced and constantly changing. So, nannies are indispensable to busy parents when they chip-in to help in ways that might not be included in their work agreement. Running an extra errand, staying late when the train is delayed, cleaning up after the parents and kids, or filling-in to help a parent out when they can’t make an appointment makes nannies vital in their employers eyes.

But once child care providers start feeling resentful they need to respectfully discuss their job description as its presented in their work agreement to respect professional boundaries with their employers.

Lora Brawley of Nanny Care Hub recommends nannies speak up as soon as possible when they has reached their “favor threshold” at their job. She writes, “Remember that at some point, every nanny does tasks outside of her job description. That’s a real world part of the job. Setting healthy boundaries doesn’t mean there’s no need to be flexible. It simply means you know and respectfully communicate your limits around your flexibility.”

For example, she gives the following sample of how to discuss this with employers:

“I understand that it’s really tough to get to the grocery store over the weekend when you’re staring down the deadline for a big work project like you were this weekend. I was happy to do the shopping Monday afternoon. However grocery shopping isn’t part of my regular job description so if you feel this may come up again, I’d like to work out an alternative way of making sure this gets done or talk about possibly adding it to my job description and what that will look like.”

There is a fine line between being flexible and job creep. If employees are willing to take on the extra duties for more compensation then both parties can negotiate appropriate reimbursement for the additional work.

But if the employee doesn’t want to continue doing specific tasks, she should come to the discussion with possible solutions so she won’t have to do the work outside her job description any longer.


Lora Brawely, Nanny Care Hub

Fishing for Rhymes

Fishing for Rhymes Best Nanny NewsletterCreative Card Game

Use index cards to create a deck of rhyming cards. The deck should be made up of at least 15 rhyming pairs (see our list below). Write one word per card. When the deck is complete, pass out four cards to each player. Explain that the object of the game is to make the most pairs of rhyming cards.

Begin the game by asking the child for a card that rhymes with a card in your hand, For example, if you have a card that has the word “bat” on it, you would ask, “Do you have a card that rhymes with “hat?” if the child has a card that rhymes, he or she must give you the card. If not, they will say, “Go fish,” and you may draw a new card from the deck.

You Will Need:

30 Index Cards

List of Possible Rhyming Pairs:

bat, cat
fun, sun
hot, got
cub, sub
band, hand
king, ring
ball, fall
fair, pair
well, bell
fail, sail
date, gate
sack, back
mound, hound
blow, glow
crow, grow
quit, skit

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Happy Grandparents Day Tree

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Creative Wednesdays National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would […]

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Baby Shusher


Products Nannies Love The Baby Shusher uses the ancient and Doctor-tested technique to help soothe a fussy baby. The Baby Shusher uses the parenting technique made popular by Dr. Harbey Karp in The Happiest Baby on the Block book called shushing. It is actually very noisy in the womb. The rhythmic shush of the Baby Shusher makes them […]

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Want to Help You Nanny Kids Read Better?

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7 Ways to Encourage Kids to Pitch-In

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