If you’re a working mother who can afford a nanny, then by all means, get a nanny. There’s no reason to be a hero and run yourself ragged doing morning school drop-offs, afternoon pickups, lunch packing, carpool, and soccer practice snack-making in addition to an eight to 10-hour work day. There’s no shame in getting a little help. And, actually, when parents are too proud to admit that they can’t do it all on their own is exactly when kids can begin to be neglected. If you’re just extremely busy, then getting professional childcare can actually be the responsible thing to do. It means you want to make sure that your children’s needs are always met. It doesn’t mean that you are stepping back entirely on personally meeting those needs—it just means there won’t be any gaps in their care. You just need to do the balancing act of having a nanny, and still bonding with your kids. Here’s how to have a nanny and stay close with your kids.
Be part of the morning routine
Participate in some of the morning routine, even if that just means sitting down and having breakfast with them. Be a little comfort, support, and burst of positivity for them before they go off to tackle a day at school. If you sit out the morning routine completely, then your kids can easily go 16 to 18 hours without really interacting with you.