Let’s face it, dragging your kid to daycare five days a week gets old fast. They don’t want to go, you feel guilty about leaving them, but as a working parent you don’t really have a choice. Because of the hassle, many parents are skipping the daycare and instead hiring a nanny. Here are four convincing reasons to fire the daycare and hop on the nanny wagon.
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How much time do you spend getting the kids up, dressed, fed, and packed for daycare? Many busy moms and dads spend more time getting the kiddos ready then they do for themselves. After everyone is in the car, you still have to drive them across town, take them in, drop them off in their busy classroom, and pry them off your leg so you can try to make it to work on time.
Having a nanny means the childcare comes to you. You can let your little angel sleep longer, kiss them goodbye as they eat their breakfast, and make it to work without having to pack up diapers, wipes, formula, snacks, extra clothes, their favorite toys… Can you imagine how different your morning could be if you weren’t making the daily daycare trip?
Your Child is the Center of Attention
How many children are in your child’s daycare class? Every state or providence has a set amount of children that can be in a class for each adult, but sometimes even that number can feel overwhelming. Are there four kids per adult? If so, you’re lucky. Some classes or age groups have six, eight, or even more. With that many kids in one setting, it is easy for your kiddo to get lost in the crowd.
With a nanny, your child is a star. They get all of the adult’s attention, the atmosphere is less chaotic, and much quieter. When it comes to learning, your kid’s caregiver can work with them one on one. That doesn’t happen in a daycare setting. Your child will love the attention, and you may find them learning new skills, letters, shapes, and more much faster than they did in their previous childcare setting.
Not All Kiddos Fit the Daycare Mold
Some kiddos have a hard time fitting into the daycare mold. Your kiddo may be more energetic than the typical child, they may have a hard time adjusting to the busy classrooms, or they may be special needs. There are a million reasons kids may not fit into this setting, and some kiddos may even get the daycare boot.
Many moms and dads choose a nanny over daycare because they don’t want their kids to have to conform to traditional standards. Maybe they know their kiddo is hyper and they don’t want to have their child labeled as “bad” at the age of three.
A nanny can help your child’s care fit their needs. Everything can be personalized to your kiddo. Having a nanny means your kiddo can be themselves. If they need a quiet place, your home provides that. If your child is a bundle of energy, your nanny can wear them out through play and let them be their fun little selves without labels and unfair time-outs.
A Dollar Saved is a Dollar Earned
One sneaky secret is that a nanny can cost the same or even less than traditional daycare, especially if you have multiple children. How much do you spend on daycare? Some parents report paying more than $550 PER WEEK for infant care. If you have an infant and a toddler, you may be going in the hole. Check with your state or providence to find out the wage for household employee or nanny, it’s probably less then you imagine. If your child’s caregiver resides in your home, you may also be able to deduct set amounts for room and board plus meals.
About the Author:
Deborah Shure is the owner and founder of NannyTax, the premier nanny payroll service in Canada. With over 25 years of combined financial experience, Deborah and her team are the most trusted source of nanny payroll information. When she isn’t busy providing “nanny tax frustration relief”, Deborah is spending time with her 3 kids doing all the things that supermoms do!
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