Hiring a nanny has advantages and disadvantages, as we have discussed. Hiring a live-in nanny adds an entirely new of pros and cons.
- Nanny won’t “miss the bus” or get stuck in traffic
- Evening “babysitter” (on occasion, usually if you swap hours or pay overtime)
- Less expensive (because you’re providing room and board)
- Lack of space (challenges if you have a smaller home)
- Giving up privacy
- Nanny can’t “leave work behind”
- Personal issues
- Figuring out who disciplines the child when parents and the nanny are home
- Kids might play favorites (“Mom, I want the nanny to put me to bed”!)
Weigh the pros and cons before you make the leap. Discuss them thoroughly with your family. And make a decision that’s right for you and your children.