There are many pros and cons to hiring a live-in nanny, especially if you need care for your children that are not on a set schedule. Most live in nannies work when they are needed, although they do appreciate some kind of set hours. Live in nannies are generally there when you need them. A live-in nanny generally receives free room and board as well as the use of the family car. They are usually paid a weekly salary of around $500/wk for 40-50 hours. Live in nannies are usually willing to help with housework and cooking. They are great for families that need someone that can lend a hand with whatever is needed. Families do need to be careful not to overwork the live-in nanny. Just because she lives there does not mean that she is supposed to work 24/7. They will still need breaks and time off. Most live in nannies request 2 days off per week. You will also need to be careful not to put too much on the nanny’s plate. If you expect her to do everything (childcare, housekeeping, cooking, pets etc.) she may feel tired, overwhelmed, unappreciated and quit.
There is also the issue of privacy to consider. If you like to have family time and do not like having another person around, it is wise to think twice about hiring a live-in nanny. Although it might be financially easier for you, you may find that you dislike having a non-family member around all the time. Most live in nannies do not leave on the weekends and will be around when they are not working. You will be seeing this person daily. If you like your space and are used to living alone, hiring a live-in nanny is not recommended.
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