Many parents are stuck on the concept that as the parent, they alone should make all the rules. Yes, you will make the important decisions for your child, but it is beneficial to you if you are open to your childcare provider’s suggestions and thoughts on matters involving your kids.
Over the past four years, my nanny has taught me so much about being a parent and about raising kind, empathetic, confident children. She has been taking care of children far longer than I have and I welcome her knowledge about child development. Here are some of the best lessons I’ve learned from her over the past few years:
How to practice positive discipline
One of the reasons my nanny relationship works so well is because we share similar parenting philosophies. We didn’t discuss this during any interview, but I follow her lead and watch as she disciplines with respect, empathy and kindness. She never yells, punishes or gives a time-out.
I watch as she gives my son freedom within boundaries.
I listen as she tries to understand the meaning behind his behaviors.
I notice that she does not let her emotions get the best of her when she is frustrated.
I pay attention that she is consistent with her expectations of my children.
I see that she gives attention to positive behaviors and redirects negative behaviors.
Don’t say “no”
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