Candi Wingate says her two boys' nanny is both a role model and
a lifesaver. "She helps simplify our life," says Wingate, who
shares some tricks of the trade she has learned in her a new book,
The Nanny Factor.
Some think nannies are used only by the wealthiest
families, but Wingate says rising day care costs have made this a
viable option, especially for parents with two or more
We asked her to share three of her best tips.
Before you even start looking for a nanny, narrow down what
you're looking for. Start with hours-full-time or just part-time
helping out during certain hours. Do you want a live-in or a
live-out? What are the responsibilities and duties going to be?
For the first meeting, Wingate suggests doing an interview at a
neutral place like a coffee shop. If you like the nanny, bring her
home for a second meeting with the children. Be sure to give her a
few common situations that tend to come up in your household to see
how she'd deal with them.
If the interview goes well, do a background check, call her
references and draw up a contract. If time allows, do a test run or
even a trial period. Leave a notebook handy for her to write
questions that you can answer later.
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