As PSP goes through the nanny survey results, we wanted to point out some issues related to pay and expectations that come up this time of year.
1. PAID TIME OFF—If you take off more time than you expected when you hired your nanny (e.g., you agreed on 2 paid time off but end up taking 3 weeks) you should pay your nanny unless you made other arrangements when s/he was hired. You can expect your nanny to come help do things like pet care or home care if it’s part of her job description, but don’t expect him/her to switch/add duties because you want more mileage out of her when you’re gone. Also, more times than not, hiring out your nanny for other jobs so you can get back your ‘investment’ (a term one nanny called, “pimping out your nanny”) is likely to lead to tension.
2. EXTRA DUTIES—sometimes summer can lead to extra work. Picking up extra kids from camp, having more frequent playdates because kids don’t have homework or watching cousins should lead to extra pay (or at least an offer of extra pay—some nannies won’t take it, but offering it is key).
3. REVIEW POLICIES—It’s always a good idea for you to review policies such as TV and computer use since a busy day at summer camp may want to make you want to give more or less downtime. Also review expectations for sunscreen, water intake, check-in policies for any older kids.
4. CAB FARE HOME—If you’re out late it’s standard to pay for a cab for your nanny. Some people will pay only if it’s dark so with summertime and later sunsets this should be an option only if you let your nanny know about it. Changing the cut off time can lead to tension if your nanny is expecting cab fare home when working later.
If you’re planning on saying goodbye to your nanny, check out:
Good luck and stay tuned for more Nanny Survey Results!
Join us of our first big fundraiser on June 6 from 7 – 10 pm!
Parents at Play, A Grown-Up Benefit for JJ Byrne Playground
Fabulous food & drink, photographer Marc Goldberg will be on hand taking candids, a funky Photo Booth and a great band, After School Special, featuring some of Park Slope’s own — Zach Bendiner, April Evans, Josh Matthews, Dave Miller, Dan Schrecker, Ashley Semrick, and Pierre Vilain.
This is a chance to have the playground to yourselves for an evening, and help OSH support your favorite park services like clean bathrooms, beautiful gardens and great events programming all year long.
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Parting is such sweet sorrow. These final weeks with your favorite Nanny, adored teacher, kind Nursery School aide are bittersweet. Want to show a small token thanks, but wondering what is appropriate? Over the years PSP Members have shared advice good bye gifts. Here is some useful reading:
Need more inspiration? Here are more PSP gift ideas:
Have you given gifts that were well received and have any suggestions to your fellow PSP members? Post it to the list!
"Evangelina always has a smile, a hello, and even a hug for the kids. Jules has adored her for years and we are so grateful for her work in rain, sun, sleet or snow!"
Friday, April 17th, was Crossing Guard Appreciation Day at the 78th Precinct! All the women were extremely thankful that their hard work was appreciated. It was a cold winter and they are out there braving all kinds of weather (like today) to help our kids/families stay safe.
If you filled out a Shout Out regarding your crossing guard outside the 78th, fear not-Brad Lander's office will be sending those appreciative messages out to the appropriate folks later this week.
Ask your school's admin if they can help the whole school appreciate your crossing guards!
A big thank you! to the crossing guards of the 78th Precinct for your work on the front lines keeping neighborhood kids safe.
Founder, Park Slope Parents
The Park Slope Street Safety Partnership
Dear PSP Members,
I wrote last week about stranger danger and it’s important to bring it up once again. There have been a few occurrences of strangers approaching kids in the last week. I’m in contact with Brad Lander’s office and the local police precincts to get more information to clarify what we know about the different incidents and the danger it may mean for our children. For what it’s worth, I was pleased to hear that children acted appropriately to the situations they faced such as going into a local business to report someone harassing them, reporting to school authorities when they were approached, etc.
Even if these situations don’t pan out to be legit (there is reason to believe that one story was not) it is a good reminder discuss how to educate and arm your kids with good tools IF it were to ever come up. Teaching children the ways to deal with situations will help them build confidence and act in ways that won’t make them a victim. Sheltering our kids and not giving them any freedom may make them think that the world is a scary place when in fact it’s filled with wonderful, interesting people and just a few “skeevy” people to avoid.
The information HERE came from a letter that went home to parents of PS 172. There is some great information here. Please take some time to discuss with your kids.
Here’s an article on the value of fostering a child’s independence and letting go of our kids. It also reminds us that we may need to put a little more trust in other parents that they know what they are doing before we call 9-11 and assume neglect if we see a kid walking alone.
And one statistic from the article worth noting: Kidnapping by strangers is wildly uncommon; in New York State, for instance, the Division of Criminal Justice Services announced that 20,309 children were reported missing statewide in 2011; exactly one of those children was confirmed abducted by a stranger.
Park Slope Parents