Nannies Can Help Kids Be Better People
Nurturing a child’s success in life is an incredibly big responsibility as a parent. Nannies can come alongside parents to help put in the effort to develop a child to be a human that grows up to be kind, compassionate, and generous. Here are some tips on how nannies can help the kids they work with be better people that can in turn, help do their part to change the world.
#1: Nurture empathy.
Empathy is a key part of someone who relates well to people and offers kindness on a regular basis. Teach the kids you work with to put themselves in other people’s shoes. Talk to them about what other’s feelings or thoughts might be. Point them out and talk about what feelings that evokes in them. Helping kids identify their emotions and understand them is the first step to understanding other people’s emotions. Then, encourage children to talk about their feelings. When they do that, make sure you are clear that you are listening to them and that you care about what they’re saying.
#2: Encourage kindness.
Modeling good behavior, especially kindness, is important. Kids see what we do and how we talk, then they want to model that. So, if you want a kind and generous child, show them what it means to be kind and generous. Take them with you to help other people that may be struggling or less fortunate, encourage them to initiate conversation with someone in their circle that may be feeling left out, or write letters or volunteer at an organization that helps others. Then talk to them about how that made them feel. Let them feel proud of themselves for making a difference in other people’s lives.
#3: Model good manners.
Parents are likely working with their kids to practice the fundamentals of good manners. As a nanny, you can also do this while you are working in the home with the children. Remind them to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ Help them with basic table manners and how to greet people with respect. These are lifelong skills that will be instilled in them and play a key role in shaping how they act later in life.
#4: Give them responsibilities.
Age-appropriate chores and other responsibilities around the house is important. This allows them to experience what it means to be responsible and then accomplish something. It also makes them feel like they are contributing to the household, which is important.
Children are an amazing gift to the world. Teaching them how to make a difference in it is an incredibly rewarding job. If you are a nanny looking for your next job, let our team at Household Staffing help you find the right family for you to work with. Contact us today for information!