Alice and I just returned from attending a weekend training led by Peter Van Ryder on the Essentials of Household Management.
For myself, I’ve been able to successfully transition to full charge household manager and personal assistant to a busy family with two teens, frequent travel, upcoming construction and a very active dog!
These few tips will help nannies when taking on this role or transition into the role of Household Manager.
Understand that you won’t be punching a time clock. While you may be used to starting when the parents leave in the morning and being done when they come home, the role of a Household Manager isn’t so black and white. An urgent repair may require a vendor call at 7 am, a delivery may have truck trouble or get stuck in traffic, and will now arrive at 8 pm. It all requires flexibility, lots of patience, and the ability to think quickly, problem solve and multitask.
Be Organized. Keeping an accurate and detailed calendar is a must. I keep a paper calendar for quick reference on my desk, as well as notes on what tasks were completed that day, follow ups to be done and general notes to self. I also utilize Gmail and their calendar is great as it syncs with my cell phone and I can color code vendors, school, work and personal appointments. The capability to keep notes on the appointment is a plus as well. Technology is your friend! Get to know the latest apps available to help with organization, time management, note taking, mileage tracking and more.
Clearly define your work agreement. If you will be wearing dual hats – Nanny and Household Manager – I highly recommend two work agreements. One for each role you will play in the household. Clearly define all of the responsibilities and to include which role plays a priority in special circumstances, such as sick child, vacations, and inclement weather.
Want more information on what it is to be a Household Manager? Read our five part series Household Management 101.
by Kellie Geres
Regarding Nannies Development Team