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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nanny Share Request: Family would like to work with a family who already has a nanny

1. First name: Smitha
2. Contact information  sj2211@columbia.edu
3. Age of child - 8 months
4. Searching for a nanny and a nanny share
5. Days and hours needed - full time, M-F 8 am ? 6pm
6. Neighborhood you live in - UWS 112 street between Amsterdam and Bway
7. Are you willing to drop off your child at someone else's apt? Yes
If yes, what area are you willing to go to? UWS with a range of 10 blocks
8. Do you have any pets? No
9. Does your child have any allergies? No
10. Does your building have an elevator (think double stroller!)? Yes
11. Does your neighborhood have a playground, nice places to walk? You will want the nanny to be spend time outside with the children. Yes. There are two parks and lots of nice places to walk.
12. Would you be interested in signing up (and paying for) a "nanny and me" music class or gym class? May be
13. Does your household have any dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, kosher, etc)? Yes. My son eats only vegetarian food. But, we dont mind the diet of the other family.
14. When would you be able to start nanny share? April 1 2009. Can negotiate to an earlier date.
15. Any other relevant information you would like to share? Ideally I would like to find a family that already has a nanny. Another option would be to look for a nanny together.

contact: Smith sj2211@columbia.edu

Share Nanny on Mondays Only.

My nanny works for me Tuesday through Thursdays and is now looking for a Monday gig.  It can be just a few hours or all day. She has been with us for four months, since my son was 3 months old, and so far, she has been great. My son lights up when he sees her, and she seems to adore him too. They always seem to be having lots of fun when I come home. She also does light housework and rarely sits still.

Please email me if interested, and I will give you her cell phone #.

Lisa
lrberman@gmail.com

Family Seeking Family to Share Nanny with (nanny is already working for family)

1. First name-Kim
2. Contact information – Sharon at shareournannycom@gmail.com
3. Age of child-about 5 mos.
4. Already have a nanny- would like to find a family to share her with
5. Days and hours needed- Full time, M-F 8-5 or 6
6. Neighborhood you live in- upper east side York Ave/66th st.
7. Are you willing to drop off your child at someone else's apt? Yes. UWS ok. Work in Washington Heights, so drop-off in that neighborhood might also work.
8. Do you have any pets?-No.
9. Does your child have any allergies?-No.
10. Does your building have an elevator (think double stroller!)? Yes
11. Does your neighborhood have a playground, nice places to walk?- We're close to East River walk, playground on 1st/67th, 67th st. public library, lots of trees and sidewalks on the private grounds where we live
12. Would you be interested in signing up (and paying for) a "nanny and me" music class or gym class? possibly.
13. Does your household have any dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, kosher, etc)? No.
14. When would you be able to start nanny share? ASAP
15. Any other relevant information you would like to share? Ideally I would like to find a family who has a child about the same age as my daughter. Our apartment is a bit small to accommodate another child, although we could certainly make it work. Our nanny has been with us for a few weeks and I think she is great.


The only way this FREE nanny share referral service will work is by sharing this blog with as many families as possible. I will also do my best to get in touch with other NY Metro baby-related organizations, Web sites, (i.e. BabyBitesNYC, BigCity Moms, Urbanbaby etc) to make sure that they are are aware of this blog.

The success of this blog is in our hands – the more families are aware of it, the greater chance of finding another family that matches your nanny share needs.

Family looking for Nanny Share

Son is 7 months old

Full time - M-F 8 am - 6 pm

Location: east of Morningside Park

Has a spacious apt that can easily accommodate two children



Ideally would like to join a family who has a full time nanny already



Can pay about $300/week



Start: February 9, 2009





If interested, please email Sharon at shareournannycom@gmail.com to obtain contain information for the family.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

If a Nanny Share is right for you...

If it’s nanny share, please think about the following:



1. What kind of nanny share situation would be ideal for you?

*You would share a nanny with another family and the other family will always drop their child at your home (i.e. your apt becomes home base).



OR



*You will alternate with the other family the location of nanny share. Sometimes, the nanny will watch both children at your apartment and sometimes you will bring your child over to the other family’s apt.



2. How far you are willing to travel to share nanny (10 blocks, two stops on subway, etc)?

If you are going to do the traditional nanny share and switch homes every other week or so, I recommend a 10-block radius at the most. Think about really snowy days or really wet, rainy days – transport of child should be kept at a minimum.



3. You should also keep in mind that having a nanny watch two children at your home requires space – you need to store a double stroller, a pack and play of sorts for other baby to sleep, another high chair (more of all of these nanny share logistics later.).



It may actually make sense for the nanny share to take place exclusively at the home of the other apartment depending on space constraints.



Or perhaps you work from home and it would be distracting to have a nanny plus two babies at home with you.



You may realize that a nanny and just one child (your own!) may be too distracting so perhaps a nanny share at the other family's home may be right for you!



It's important to think about all of these issues and be creative about your child care solutions!



The only way this FREE nanny share referral service will work is by sharing this blog with as many families as possible. I will also do my best to get in touch with other NY Metro baby-related organizations, Web sites, (i.e. BabyBitesNYC, BigCity Moms, Urbanbaby etc) to make sure that they are are aware of this blog.



The success of this blog is in our hands – the more families are aware of it, the greater chance of finding another family that matches your nanny share needs.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Because figuring out child care sucks/Is a nanny share right for you and your family?

What am I doing writing this blog?

I’m not really into writing and frankly more interested in listening to the father-daughter convo to the right of me as they debate which liquor to buy for an anniversary party.

I look like a freakin' housewife right now, or what a housewife sometimes looks like on tv.
My black yoga/exercise pants are torn, my shirt is stained with formula kisses and my hair is half up/half down with a broken banana clip. I just looked down at my feet to make sure my shoes match. They do, for the record.

So back to my original question, why start this blog?

Because figuring out which childcare option is best for you and your family SUCKS.

I don’t know anyone who has enjoyed the process, yet we all live to tell about it so it can’t be that bad.
What doesn’t kill you does make you stronger and lots of coffee loaded with Splenda helps as well.
First, you have to decide whether you are going back to work.
I always knew I would, but I know that some moms (and dads) really aren’t sure, and that’s okay.
When the time comes and you have to make a decision, you will.
And if you realize it’s not the best decision for you, then you have every right to change your mind. Nothing is set in stone.
Then if you do return to work, will you return full time?

It is helpful to know the answers to these questions because you first need to figure out what hours you need childcare for.

Full time childcare is usually Monday-Friday 8 am – 6 pm (for a total of 50 hours or more/week).
Part time childcare can range from anywhere between 15-20 hours a week or more.
Obviously, days and times will vary.

Process outlined in steps:
Figure out your child care needs.
Decide between nanny or day care.
Nanny or nanny share.

If it’s nanny share, please think about the following:

1. What kind of nanny share situation would be ideal for you?
*You would share a nanny with another family and the other family will always drop their child at your home (i.e. your apt becomes home base).

OR

*You will alternate with the other family the location of nanny share.
Sometimes, the nanny will watch both children at your apartment and sometimes you will bring your child over to the other family’s apt.

2. How far you are willing to travel to share nanny (10 blocks, two stops on subway, etc)?
If you are going to do the traditional nanny share and switch homes every other week or so, I recommend a 10-block radius at the most. Think about really snowy days or really wet, rainy days – transport of child should be kept at a minimum.

3. You should also keep in mind that having a nanny watch two children at your home requires space – you need to store a double stroller, a pack and play of sorts for other baby to sleep, another high chair (more of all of these nanny share logistics later.).

It may actually make sense for the nanny share to take place exclusively at the home of the other apartment depending on space constraints.

Or perhaps you work from home and it would be distracting to have a nanny plus two babies at home with you. You may realize that a nanny and just one child (your own!) may be too distracting so perhaps a nanny share at the other family's home may be right for you!

It's important to think about all of these issues and be creative about your child care solutions!

PLEASE NOTE.

DISCLAIMER:
The "shareournanny" blogspot and shareournanny.com blog do not endorse or recommend any of the families or nannies mentioned on this blog, nor have any of such families or nannies been interviewed or otherwise investigated by "shareournanny" blogspot and shareournanny.com blog. It is highly recommended that you complete your own due diligence in selecting a nanny as well as families to share a nanny with. Users of the "shareournanny" blogspot and shareournanny.com blog are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness and/or suitability of all information.

Why a Nanny Share? & Where Do I Begin?

Why a nanny share?

Why not?

Are you looking for affordable childcare in the NYC area?

Has everyone you've talked to about this topic scared the living daylights out of you?

Let me guess - You attempted to look at day cares in Manhattan and it turns out you were supposed to place your child on the waiting list prior to conception?
You find out that day care isn't necessarily cheaper than having a nanny.
You decide, alright, I'm going to find a nanny and then you don't know where to start and you don't know if you can swing the cash output every week (between $500-$650 each week, rain or shine).

Well, you've come to the right blog.

My hope is that this blog will answer all your nanny share questions, as well as help you find another family to share a nanny with.

Here's how this nanny share match finder will work (and please remember I am still ironing out the details).

Email me, Sharon, the creator/administrator of this blog at shareournanny.com@gmail.com with the type of nanny share you are looking for.

Your email should include the following information:
1. First name
2. Contact information – email address or phone or both
3. Age of child
4. Already have a nanny
OR
Searching for a nanny and a nanny share
5. Days and hours needed
For example, full time, M-F 8 am – 6pm
OR
Monday, Tu, Wed 8 am – 2pm
6. Neighborhood you live in
7. Are you willing to drop off your child at someone else's apt?
If yes, what area are you willing to go to?
For example, you live in Washington Heights but work in mid-town. You are happy to drop off your child somewhere on the UWS providing it's off the 1 subway line.
8. Do you have any pets?
9. Does your child have any allergies?
10. Does your building have an elevator (think double stroller!)?
11. Does your neighborhood have a playground, nice places to walk? You will want the nanny to be spend time outside with the children.
12. Would you be interested in signing up (and paying for) a "nanny and me" music class or gym class?
13. Does your household have any dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, kosher, etc)?
14. When would you be able to start nanny share?
ASAP or beginning of the month, etc.
15. Any other relevant information you would like to share?

I will post your nanny share ad on the blog. If someone is interested in getting in touch with you, she/he can simply respond to your ad by posting a comment.

If you feel comfortable sharing e-mail addresses, then you may do so through the blog (keep in mind it is public).

If you are NOT comfortable sharing your information this way, email me at shareournanny.com@gmail.com and I will contact both parties via email.

If you are looking to see what nanny share situations are currently available, scroll through the blog.

The only way this FREE nanny share referral service will work is by sharing this blog with as many families as possible. I will also do my best to get in touch with other NY Metro baby-related organizations, Web sites, (i.e. BabyBitesNYC, BigCity Moms, Urbanbaby etc) to make sure that they are are aware of this blog. In addition, I would like to create a PDF of a flyer advertising this service blog so that parents like you can download the pdf and post it at your pediatrician's office, dentist office, ob/gyn, library, local bagel store, synagogues, churches, etc etc.

The success of this blog is in our hands – the more families are aware of it, the greater chance of finding another family that matches your nanny share needs.