Coming home into a crystal clean house everyday may seem too ambitious, particularly when raising a toddler and always chasing the clock yourself. I remember one of the ladies in my antenatal class telling us that when she told her mother she was pregnant the first thing she said was “my darling you‘re going to need a dish washer “we all laughed because our babies weren’t even born yet we were all still day dreaming of the baby smells and cute cuddles. hhmmmm….
It takes a village to raise a child, the people that are ready to support your family with anything, are definitely the people worth all the spoils of gratitude. Let me briefly share my support structure with you, Mama. I personally don’t have a full time nanny, because Sama goes to crèche and she has amazing teachers who absolutely find her to be a joy to have around all day from when she was only 8 months old. However, I do have a helper who assists me only domestically, she is the bomb.com I mean she makes me question if I’d ever be able to shine my wine glasses that well lol… let alone sort Sama’s toys so neatly because Mama just throws the toys to pile in a box, those things don’t break she can dig inside to find whatever she wants if she really needs it lol… Then there is my mother (Gogo) and my sister (who works from home) who both adore my child so much that they get mad at me for skipping too many weekends without bringing her over, I never complain, I just ESCAPE *wink* I won’t count my husband, he pretty much shares the same zombie struggles as mine.
While we should show gratitude throughout the year and maintain open and honest communication relationships with our nannies, I think unexpected gestures make things extra special.
Here are some of the ideas to help you and your family make your nanny feel as special as she is. Make sure the kids are fully involved in this task.
1. Get crafty
This is a cost effective yet very personal way to makes someone feel special. Let the kids take a photo or do some print stamping and make a card, the older kids can even write her a thank you poem. This can be nicely frames and signed by everyone.
2. Prepare some spoils
Get the kids to help you prepare a breakfast in bed for your nanny and spend the morning reflecting on the funny family moments experienced over the year. You could also treat her to a lunch out with the kids at her choice of restaurant, or keep things extra special with a family dinner shared around the table with your finest cutlery.
3. Give her time off
Book a day spa just for her to relax and recharge (she needs it just as much as you do) she has been stepping on that Lego all year long the foot massage is long overdue hahaha… this can be followed by a nice lunch with beautiful views and soft music in the background all by herself and later a salon visit for a hairdo and manicure. Remember it’s her day off so stop her from washing the dishes after dinner at home. She may look at you funny and insist, do not give in.