By Anja van den Berg
One of the toughest decisions any parent must make, is choosing a suitable caretaker for their child.
With so many viral videos out there of nannies abusing infants, it is only healthy for moms and dads to be concerned.
Below are some of the warning signs you should look out for:
- The nanny seems secretive about the daily routine
How your child and her caregiver spend their time shouldn’t be a secret. When you come home, you’re probably eager to hear about your child’s day. If your caregiver isn’t forthcoming about it, warning signs should go off. Even a caregiver with limited English should be able to convey the ups and downs of your child’s day and will understand why you want to know.
- Your child has been in one too many easily avoidable mishaps
A nanny must always keep her eye on your child and know what he’s doing to prevent injury. She may be leaving your child unattended as he plays. Or, even worse, she may be abusing him and pretend that he accidentally hurt himself.
- Your child is consistently hungry and tired
If your infant or toddler is often famished when you get home or is so exhausted that he can’t keep his eyes open, you should be cautious. The caregiver may not be following regular mealtimes or nap times or could be generally neglecting the child’s needs.
- She seems critical of your parenting
Don’t dismiss constructive suggestions from your child’s caregiver out of hand. But if you get the sense that the two of you aren’t on the same page when it comes to fundamental issues like nutrition, sleep, and safety, the relationship might not work out in the long run. If you notice she isn’t following your requests, alarm bells should go off.
- You get a bad feeling about the caregiver
When in doubt, trust your gut. Your intuition is likely to be on target, so if a caregiver doesn’t feel right to you, there is probably a reason that you just haven’t pinpointed yet.
Signs that a young child is being maltreated in your absence include sudden withdrawal, abruptly behaving differently, anxiousness, clinginess, constant crying, aggression, sleeping problems, eating disorders, regressing to bed wetting and soiling his clothes. Take note of little things such as if the child is persistently afraid to go home or to engage with the nanny.
East Coast Radio: https://www.ecr.co.za/lifestyle/family/looking-hire-nanny-warning-signs-you-must-consider/