Heather - posted on 02/06/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )
I interviewed 2 nannies over the last week for my 3.5yr and 20 month old and I'm totally torn. Both have had a lot of experience and both had great interaction with my girls. Both are fine watching the girls while my husband works from home, good with pets, flexible, will do light housekeeping, and seem to have a lot of ideas for keeping them occupied, good with watching the kid even if they are sick, and both brought resumes and references.
The first nanny, her primary language is Spanish- her English is really good but some things she misunderstood what I was asking.
Pros:I liked her the minute I saw her. She loves art, worked at daycare prior to being a nanny, has taken various classes in the past for childcare (required for daycare workers), she drives and has car seats, her references said she was great. Very friendly, easy interaction.
Con: She charges $17/hr, English is good but not fluent.
The second nanny: Pros-from Germany but speaks fluent English (has lived in the US for 4 years), likes taking the kids out to do stuff, open for a nanny share situation, LOVED her interactions with the kids, willing to take $12-15/hr
Cons: Our meeting was a little awkward -could have been that my girls were being needy , I hadn't had coffee yet, and she had a little girl that she has been watching for a couple weeks (she okay'd it with the mom,) but I felt a little out of sorts when talking with her. She does not drive- she's planning on busing it or riding her bike, very new to the area (moved to Seattle 3 wks ago), she has 2 lips piercings, and tattoos all over her hands and fingers (I know this sounds SO shallow- it honestly doesn't bother ME but I don't know if I want my kids asking or wanting to imitate.), I have not called her references yet.
After meeting the first, I thought we had our nanny but felt I should check out other options. I was surprised that I was torn after the second interview. I think I'm leaning towards the Spanish speaking nanny but the second was more interactive with the girls, talking, asking questions, playful with them....could've been that they were having "a good day" as they both warmed up to the first nanny at the end of the interview. We don't have the luxury of seeing how things go with each before deciding- Both me and my husband work full time and need to get something soon as we'll have burned up our "back up" plan while figuring this out- we were doing a new daycare that went bad fast.
First impression-what do u think????