Giving Thanks

It is the time of the year to remember what we are thankful for. If you are looking for fun and creative ways to thank your nanny for her committment and dedication to your family, look no further!

A few kind words, a moment of your time, or a handmade gift will go a long way in showing your nanny that you genuinely care for and appreciate her. A great way to make this meaningful is to figure out how you can include the kids in the project.

One fun idea is a handmade scrapbook with photos of the nanny and children together. Kids participation can vary based on their age- whether its gluing some things, picking pictures out, or putting the format together. Older children can also make or decorate frames that can hold a favorite photo of them with the nanny, maybe doing their favorite activity. They can also write letters to their nanny to thank her for helping to care for them. The family can collectively cook a meal or bake some cookies for the nanny. The project can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

If you don’t have time to tackle a huge project, consider doing what’s called  a “thank you jar.”  Take a clear jar and put a slit in the cover. Each time you think of something your nanny has done that you appreciate, write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.  Once the jar is filled up, give her your collection of thanks. Children can also add contributions and help to decorate the jar with paint or stickers.

When nannies feel like their work is appreciated, they become more vested in their position. Since nannies work independently most of the time, there’s typically noone to give daily feedback or to notice the level of care she puts into completing even the smallest tasks, like loading the dishwasher or folding the kids laundry.

Showing appreciation just because you are grateful for the important role she plays in your family will go a long way to boost confidence, morale, job commitment, and performance of your nanny.

We wish you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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