Be thoughtful and sensitive

You will want to have a warm relationship with anyone who plays such an important role in your family. You are hiring a person, not a robot. You may want to remember her family as well as her with small gifts for the holidays. Be willing to contribute positively to the relationship. Provide adequate time off, and encourage your caregiver to do things that are important to her - for example, make friends, take classes, have hobbies, and exercise. In-home industry professional organizations, such as the International Nanny Association (INA) and the National Association of Nannies (NAN), provide support and networking for interested caregivers on a national, regional, and local level. Homesickness and loneliness are the two major reasons caregivers leave their positions.

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