It’s important to arrive to work on time in every profession, but for nannies parents rely on caregivers to be on time (or a few minutes early) so they can arrive at their jobs on time too. Being early to work gives caregivers a chance to take off their coats and shoes and have breakfast ready when the parents hand-off their kids as they run out the door.
Nannies are also responsible for creating a stress-free environment for the children left in their care. Nannies often complain that the morning routine with the kids is stressful. That’s often because running late creates stress. When adults feel rushed they are more likely to “snap” at kids or yell at them to hurry up, which is a horrible way to start any day.
This month see if being early helps make your job and life easier and more stress-free. Here are some tips to help you try to be early this month:
Pretend you have to be at work 15-minutes earlier than you need to be at your job. That way even if there is a traffic jam you won’t be late to work because you allowed enough time for the unexpected. It may not take you 15-minutes to travel to preschool to pick up your charge just a mile or two away, but you won’t have to worry like when waiting to leave at the last possible minute. Just keep a book in the car or chat with the other parents and nannies to plan playdates with the few extra minutes.
Getting enough sleep is essential for everyone’s mental and physical health.
We have all heard “the early bird gets the worm.” Well, even if the extra 15-minutes doesn’t allow much time for eating, reading, or productive work at least you will feel less rushed for having a few more minutes to get ready in the morning.
Trick yourself into thinking it’s later than it is.
Always consider how long it may take kids to eat, get dressed, and go to the potty when scheduling your day. For example, when going to the grocery store you have to consider how long it will take to get the children in their car seats, to drive to and from the store, shopping, checking out, loading the car, unloading the car, and putting the groceries away.
Kids must arrive to school and be picked up from school on time. But, if you are running a little late getting to soccer practice, it is okay just resign yourself to the fact that you are going to be late. Don’t stress out and yell at the kids. Raising your voice at children just makes things worse for everyone. Screaming just ensures hurt feelings, tantrums, and meltdowns. Sometimes it’s okay to be a little bit late and go with the flow.