I know I’ve already blogged more than enough on how blessed we are for having Tita Eva in our lives. In four years, we’ve been through high and lows, and she never thought of living us, more so, we never thought of replacing her. I’ve shared mostly the traits we love about her. My friends envy me for having such a faithful, honest, loving and trusted yaya for our little tot. In these hard times, it really is very difficult to leave your child to people you barely know.
For parents like us who spend almost 70% of our times in the office, choosing and hiring a yaya is really a hard task. Aside from what we already know – medical history, employment history, skills, capabilities, expected salary, criminal records (Oh Lord!), let me share what we’ve learned / appreciated through the years with Tita Eva.
Hope this article helps those who are sourcing, or planning to replace their existing nannies 😀
- A NANNY WITH A FAMILY OF HER OWN, esp KIDS OF HER OWN
Pros: Most probably, the yaya is already accustomed to how a household is managed; you just need to do a little reinforcement of your own rules and regulations. In our case, since Tita Eva still has 2 high school students, she makes sure to keep herself updated with news re school suspensions, new DepEd policies, etc. Also, she sees to it that my daughter still feels our presence even we’re busy at work. I, personally never worried that she might handle my kid the wrong way, feed her incorrectly, or even starve her. Sanay na sya, eh!
Cons: Since she has a family of her own, issues and concerns on her own, family issues arise, and she has to prioritize them. All it takes is an honest relationship between you and your nanny.
- A NANNY WHO SHARES THE SAME BELIEF AS YOURS, RELIGIOUSLY and SPIRITUALLY, I MEAN
Pros: You’re rest assured that in your absence, somebody else is reinforcing whatever you’re sharing with your kid. Saves time and effort!
Cons: I can’t think of anything here 😀
- A NANNY WHO IS EDUCATED
Okay, okay, don’t take this against me. I am not discriminating or being too harsh, okay.
Pros: Our Tita Eva is a college undergraduate. She finished her entire 2nd year in college. Yaya na, tutor pa. Imagine my amusement and amazement when I once heard her say, “Enzo, you’re not supposed to go there, come back here!” Hahaha! She could simply say, “Come here” or “Go back!” Yes?
Cons: Repeat cons on item no. 2 😀
- A STAY – OUT NANNY
Pros: We need not worry the additional space for her room. Once my tot is in deep slumber, husband and I are ‘freer’ to do our stuff
Cons: We can’t simply go out, stay late outside, or accept invites from friends, we always, always have to do a ‘recon’ meeting with our yaya to make sure our schedules meet.
- A NANNY WHO LIVES NEARBY
Pros: We can easily ask her to drop by, during her RD 😉
Cons: Repeat cons on items no. 1 & 2
There. Some may not apply to everyone, or some may have longer list.
Remember, they are in charge of looking after our most valuable possession, so we better treat them the way we want them to treat our kids. ❤