10 simple questions to always ask yourself before you hire your next nanny

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10 simple questions to always ask yourself before you hire your next nanny
The thought of my baby been kidnapped and a ransom to be paid to get her back had never crossed my mind when I hired 25-year-old meek Evelyn who looked too simple to plan such an evil and wicked act! Evelyn has been my nanny for only two weeks but seemed to be doing well on the job. My only concern was that her phone was always buzzing with text messages and weird ringtones. My agent had sent her as a replacement for my previous nanny. However, when I came home to find my home void of both my nanny and child my first reaction was anger – how dare can Evelyn take my child out without my permission...!

The loss of a child is every parents’ worse fear and the thought of losing a child by theft or death makes parents very protective of their children. However, in our desire to provide the best for our children we are sometimes forced to trust the well-being of these precious souls into the hands of strangers. Today, child-snatching is becoming frequent news. As the days of community living vanish and we build higher fences to buy our privacy from our neighbors and community we must find a way to ensure that we hire the right people to look after our children and inhabit our homes while we are out-earning the best lives for our children and self.

So before you hire your next nanny always ask yourself these simple questions:

1. What level of accountability can be placed on my nanny’s reference/referral?

Do you know where to find the agent or person who referred the nanny to you? Ensure you have both their home and office address and let them know that you will find them responsible for the nanny’s conduct.

2. What do I know about my nanny’s last employer?

Make sure you get in touch with your nanny’s previous employer and find out why she is no longer in their employment before you decide if you are happy to have the nanny take care of your child.

3. Do I know for certain where my Nanny lives?

Insist on a current home address for the nanny and find a reason to visit and confirm her address.

4. Does my nanny have any ‘roots’ I can trace her back to if need be?

Make it your business to find out who your nanny’s friends, relatives and hang out joints are. Just in case you need to track her down one day.

5. What’s my nanny’s STD and other contagious disease status?

Make it your policy to know the health stays of anyone who works in your home to ensure the safety of your child and family.

6. Is my nanny’s telephone number registered?

Check that your nanny’s telephone number is registered with the telephone company to ensure easy tracking if need be.

7. Does my nanny have a bank account?

Insist on not paying your staff cash. Open bank accounts for them or insists that they must have bank accounts to work for you. Truth is, if where you find a man’s moneybox soon find him. Spending habits are very revealing of one’s whereabouts.

8. Frequently, make unannounced visits home.

Make sure you disrupt your routine and check on the nanny unexpectedly. You’ll be amazed what you find and also the nanny will tow the line if you keep things unpredictable.

In addition to these basic questions, you could also do the following to improve the safety of your child.

9. Techno poof your home:-

Its 21-century ladies you can watch what’s going on online and even from your phone wherever you are. All you have to do us install a CCTV system at home. Most of them are affordable and there are different systems at different prices. No matter which one you go for its sure to be cheaper than your child ransom.

Also depending on your level of trust and suspicions, you can clone your nanny’s phone to keep track of her correspondence. Remember every evil act starts with a phone call.

10. Security checkmate:-

Ask your home and street security to keep an eye on the nanny and never let her out of the house with your kid until they verify with you. Not all kidnapping happens at home. Do the same with driver and put a tracker on your car just in case your driver and nanny collaborate. Some cars have voice calls in so that you can listen to conversations in your car while you are not there too.

As human beings, we need to strike the balance between being careful and imprisoning ourselves with fear. Try and find a balance between what is reasonable and what’s not. Above all trust your instincts and never ignore that nagging feeling that tells you to go home now!

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