I was a full-time stay at home mum for over 8 years. I wanted to be there for my babies more than anything and felt like for our family it was the best arrangement. When Cola started school I decided it was time to go back to work and do something for me. I have always wanted to work and have a career of my own, but while the little ones were preschoolers I put it all on hold to be there for them.
It was a huge wrench leaving them in childcare to go to work and whilst I love my job and am much more fulfilled in life now, I don’t think it would have been possible without the two nannies the children have had. It was scary to employ a nanny, especially because we had a temporary one first before the permanent one started. Fortunately the arrangement suited everyone involved. I was nervous choosing to use a nanny over other forms of childcare, I didn’t really know anyone else who had gone down this route so couldn’t get advice and recommendations easily.
However, I cannot stress enough how lucky I have been to find our nanny. She is brilliant with the kids, helps around the house (even though I would never ask or expect her too), is totally reliable, helps out when the kids are sick and is generally a total angel. Going out to work is hard enough when you have children, but if I was worried about the care the children were getting I wouldn’t be able to enjoy my job as much as I do and my stress levels would be through the roof. I so often hear horror stories from people, but rarely do childcarers get the recognition that they deserve. So here’s to all the childcarers who, like ours, makes being a working parent a million times easier!