I have recently come across the phrase ‘unicorn family’. At first I wasn’t sure what this meant so I’ve been asking around. What is a unicorn family?
Of course, I googled ‘unicorn family’ first. Which told me that a unicorn family is a family that is, simple put, too good to be true. So what attributes does a ‘unicorn family’ need?
I then went to my various nanny forums to ask, what other nannies think make the perfect nanny family?
- Having your nanny family parents value and respect you. To acknowledge the importance of your role and your knowledge and professionalism.
- To have your back and work together. To support you! These are their children after all and they employ you to help them care and raise their children. Our job as nannies is also to teach and guide their children down the right path. This path includes manners and respect. It’s important for the parents to have your back in these circumstances.
- Obviously to have the professional relationship, but also to genuinely get along with each other. The parents must be kind and thoughtful.
- To include you. Some nannies. like myself, are invited to the children’s birthday parties. Some nannies are invited to other occasions and dinners out – or invited over for dinner. Some nannies are actually included as part of the family. Some nannies are included in family photos. A lot of nannies have told me that they feel part of the family and love it.
- Being appreciated. Being thanked. Your hard work is recognised!
Looking over these answers, they’re not difficult things to achieve. If you have a nanny, if you do all these things already, fantastic! If not, it’s not too late to do these things! It’s not too late to become a unicorn family!
Harrypottermous. No, this isn’t the name of one of my nanny children. This is the name of their family pet cat.
He is a gorgeous cat. But this morning he was just determined to make us late!
I arrived at work and all three children had just woken up and in their pjs. I got everything ready. Battled with all three children to get them dressed – trust me this morning it was difficult. The parents had just left and the twins were upset. Then when I asked them to get dressed, their reaction was to scream and shout at me. This finally resulted in me having to seperate them to get ready.
Once I had finally won the battle of getting them get dressed, we had breakfast, brushed teeth and decided on a hairstyle we were finally out the door. Just with an extra guest. Harry.
Everytime I put one of the children in their car seat, opened a door or put bags and coats into the boot, in jumped Harry. After the 5th or 6th time of removing Harry from the car we were ready to leave.
Harry decided that wasn’t the end.
Harry jumped on the car bonnet in a protest of joining us on the school run.
Thanks for that Harrypottermous. 👍
I have been thinking recently about how nannying can be a little daunting in case of an emergency. I don’t mean for the child because you should be first aid trained, I mean for yourself.
Many nannies work small children such as babies and toddlers. What happens if you have a fall and injure yourself or become unconcious? Then what?! The children you care could be too small to help you. It’s quite a scary thought, laying unconcious when there’s a small child next to you feeling scared and alone.
Today I decided to take my 3 year old to the park while his brother was at school. We were happily kicking leaves and testing out the climbing frames. Even testing out the gym equipment and assault course for the older children. Of course I supported him throughout and held his hand. I wouldn’t let him put himself in harms way.
However, during the assault course I was holding his hand while he was on the balance beam and as I decided to switch sides so he was more supported, I slipped in the mud and fell. On the way wacking my head on a wooden beam. My 3 year old was fine. He jumped down and pulled me back up. But for the rest of the day I haven’t been feeling too good. What if I couldn’t get back up? We were alone in that park.
When we got back after the school run I decided to sit down with my 5 year old and teach him what to do in an emergency! He now knows to call 999 if I really hurt myself and can’t wake up.
I would strongly reccomend all nannies/parents/guardians if possible to teach their children about what to do in an emergency. It could save your life at the end of the day.
Who knew by doing something so quick and simple are sometimes the best activities?
I arrived at work today to my mum boss showing me their new kitchen food processor with a blender attached. She told me that the 5 year old was eager to test it out. So my younger nanny boy and I popped to the supermarket while the 5 year old was at school to pick out some fruit. We decided to pick up some bananas and strawberries!
During school pick up my nanny child couldn’t wait to share his news with me and explain he has a surprise at home! So I replied “I have one too!”
He was ecstatic that I had gone out that day to buy some fruit and even more overjoyed about showing me the new gadget.
Anyway, the five year old took charge and chopped up the strawberries and bananas and even set up the food processor. He made smoothies all by himself. I wasn’t even needed! Professional cook in the making?
Safe to say, I definately recommend it!
I have just started a new nanny position part time to slot in well with the boys. The role is with 5 year old girl twins and an almost 3 year old boy.
I havent’t had a lot of luck over the past few months finding the right family. Something has always been wrong whether its been I didn’t click well with the parents (or children), not the right hours or pay, I’ve been taken advantage of in regards of house chores even down to myself being hurt from a previous nanny child. It has been a tough search to say the least to find the right family for me. But I think I have finally found one.
Firstly, eventhough the children are being challenging – to be fair I am a new person in their lives and they are going to push boundaries and test me, the parents have been 100% supportive. They have backed me up completely, defended me and have made sure the children know that I am now in charge and not to mess with me.
The children are sweet and fun to be with so I am looking forward to blogging about our new adventures!