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The first person you recommended met my needs perfectly.Carolyn Goodrich, Stay at home mom
Morningside Nannies blew the others away!Myron Morris, O.R. Business Manager and Dr. Audrey Winer, Pediatrician
I am delighted with the outcome, and enjoyed the process.Dr. Rick Smalley, Professor Rice University, Nobel Peace Prize Honoree
I trust Morningside Nannies & their research into their nannies more than any of the other seven agencies we talked with. The checks are reliable and the quality of nannies was superb. The process of finding a nanny was handled quite professionally.Dr. Kim Burgess, Pediatrician
During our search for our current nanny I used several well-known services in Houston. I found that Morningside Nannies had the highest- quality applicants in town.Dr. Katherine Tiwari
Morningside Nannies was outstanding. The process was stress free and the caliber of applicants was far superior to that of other agencies. Morningside Nannies was thorough in their review and timely presentation of candidates.Susan Sherman, CPA
In a time crunch you provided me with two excellent applicants within hours!Dr. Anita Tonking
Quality of applicants was way above what we had hoped for. Thoroughly enjoyed working with your agency – we will highly recommend you to friends.Kim McMillan
As a new mom I was nervous about hiring a nanny, but now I couldn’t be more pleased. I’ve sung your praises to everyone I know.Tarala Rybacki
We’ve placed ads in newspapers on two occasions and have gone through an Au Pair program twice. This has been our best experience by far!James Wilt, Houston Symphony

Choosing the Right Family

When it comes to choosing nanny families, even the sweetest set of parents aren’t the right parents for every nanny to work for. Nannies and parents work closely together in an intimate environment. They spend extended periods of time together and naturally become entwined in each other’s lives.

When seeking it’s a new position, finding the right position with the right family is essential.

Connection

At the most basic level, you must be able to connect with your potential employers. You’ll need to ask yourself if you can relate to these people on more than a superficial level.  As their employee, you’ll need to be able to carry on a conversation with them and develop a relationship with them. You’ll want to genuinely feel that they’re people you could grow to trust and respect. Likewise, you’ll want to be sure you connect with the children, but that’s typically never an issue.  Most nannies connect with children much easier than with adults.

Compatibility

When considering families you’ll also want to choose a family that you’re compatible with. If you don’t like dogs and they have three, you likely won’t be a good match. If you’re not a fan of attachment parenting but the parents are diehard attachment parents, you’re probably not the best person to take their job.  When interviewing with families, you’ll want to consider your childrearing philosophies, what you consider to be your role as a nanny and what duties and responsibilities you’re willing to take on. Your ideal family will share a similar childrearing philosophy, be looking for a nanny to fill the role you envision and will expect you to take on the responsibilities you wish to take on. If a family matches in two of these areas, but not three, don’t write them off just yet. If you don’t want to prepare meals for the family but they were hoping you would, share your thoughts and concerns and see if there is room for a compromise.

Comfort

When working as a nanny, you’ll need to be comfortable around your employers and in their home. You’ll want to consider how you feel about their lifestyle, their parenting choices and their family’s priorities. If you’re a committed vegan and the family has a butcher on speed dial and expects you to cook up burgers, you may not be comfortable doing so. If you’re super organized but the family thrives in organized chaos, the job may cause you more stress than it’s worth. Consider how you genuinely feel about the family, their living environment and their lifestyle before committing to accepting a new position.

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