View Full Version : Do you text your nanny durung the day--what is the usual topic du jour??
04-12-2012, 01:10 PM
So I came to realize that the one thing that I consistently ask our nanny about in my text messages is what/how DS ate for breakfast and lunch...we actually have several nannies who watch him full-time M-F....this is probably due to the fact that DS used to be a very picky eater and we are always trying to encourage him to be more adventurous and eat larger portions...:)
When DS was in daycare for a few months, thinking back, I did the same thing when I would pick him up...largely discuss how well he ate for his meals and snacks....
Just trying to figure out how common this is...if you text with your nanny during the day, do you also ask for similar reports how your DC ate or is there some other topic that you consistently ask about every day??
We have a full time nanny. DS is in preschool from 9am-3pm and spends the remainder of the day with the nanny; DD spends the entire day (from 7:30am - 6:30pm) with the nanny. I do NOT routinely text/call the nanny during the day - only for important things/changes to the schedule. We do a quick check-in before I leave in the morning - discuss the day and what the kids will be doing - and then when I get home. Some times it's been a routine day and there is nothing exciting to report, in which case she tells me that. I did the same thing with the only other nanny we have had (before DD was born).
My reasoning is two-fold. From my perspective, when I am at work, I want to focus on work. I trust my nanny completely and we are very much in synch on the important things/rules/schedules. From her perspective, I know that she doesn't want to be interrupted while she is working (however, a text is certainly less intrusive than a phone call would be). When something great has happened (e.g., DD climbed something in gym class that she hasn't done before) or if I am out of town on work, she sends me a pictures of the kids from her phone. I love that:)
ETA: knock on wood, my kids are great eaters. But, I would definitely want to know about that if there was any cause for concern.
04-12-2012, 01:25 PM
we have a PT nanny to watch DD and DS a few mornings a week (she feeds them lunch, sometimes breakfast if they wake up late) and i very rarely text her when she is with them (i usually go out of the house and run errands, grocery shop, go to my dr appts). i assume she fed the kids, they did ok....if there is anything up she will let me know. i only text if i am going to be late or something like that. i trust my nanny though...if there is anything up (DS didn't want to eat, or he had diarrhea, or something) she usually lets me know in person after i get back.
04-12-2012, 01:44 PM
About the only contact I have with our part-time nanny when I'm at work is if there is a question or a problem. And then there is a good chance that I won't even see the text or missed call for quite a while because I can't always hear/feel my phone when it is in the pocket of my scrubs. Occasionally though, she will send cute pictures of something the girls are doing and I always like to get those even if I'm walking out the door when I finally get a chance to see them.
04-12-2012, 03:21 PM
I do not text (actually we use kik) my nanny unless there is an emergency/problem. I also do not ask what the kids ate every day. She's been with us for 5 years and I think she would be really irritated if I asked her those kind of questions every day!
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