So now that we've got 4 days under our belt with our new nanny, I can say that things are SO much better already! The energy in our home is better and I think it's a much better fit. The new nanny came prepared with crafts (Yes, crafts for a 5.5 month old. The fridge is covered with baby paintings already) and has all sorts of daily developmental activities they do together. As we can only learn from our past, I've been thinking about our last experience and this is what I've learned:
1. Trust my instinct. We know what's best for our family and need to make sure that comes first.
2. It has to be a good fit and if it's not (see #1) cut our losses and move on. I spent a lot of time and energy trying to make our last relationship work and bottom line was it didn't. Next time, I'll call it sooner and take steps to move on.
3. Don't be afraid to speak up about instructions and expectations up front. I've created a "House Rules" list that we now use for everyone that watches H. At the end of the day, Henry (and the dogs and our home) our OUR responsibility and we, as parents, should fully be able to expect our rules and guidelines to be followed.
I'm sure this is just the first of many challenges of being a working mom :). To those of you who have great help, be thankful and show appreciation!
If you have child-care, what are some things that work for your family? Any "House Rules" we should add to the list?