|By Michelle LaRowe 2004 INA Nanny of the Year and parenting author
Her fourth book, A Mom’s Ultimate Book of Lists: 100+ Lists to Save You Time, Money and Sanity will be released January 1.
The results of a 2007 government report have made headlines again, ranking those who “change diapers” and provide personal care and service as the leaders in holding the most depressing jobs.
1. Get involved with a local nanny support group. Connecting with other nannies provides a great opportunity to make new friends, form playgroups and get valuable advice from seasoned nannies. Click here to view a current list of nanny support groups across the US.2. Take care of yourself. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you aren’t able to provide optimal care for your charges. If you don’t have health insurance, be prepared to negotiate for partial of full premium payment during your next review. Routine medical care is essential in identifying underlying medical conditions that can affect mental and physical health.
At the end of the day, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of someone else. If you are struggling with feelings of depression, it’s important that you speak to someone immediately. Contact your health care provider, local nanny placement agency counselor or your nanny support groups for mental health resources in your area.