Tricky Parent/Caregiver Situations and How to Navigate Them

Tricky Parent/Caregiver Situations

When it comes to building the relationship and bond with your caregiver be it your babysitter, tutor, house help, pet sitter or senior assistance. You have to approach every situation carefully especially when delegating duties as well as ensuring that boundaries are kept and respect maintained.

The key is always communication, listening, maintain a professional stance as well as remaining calm and in control. Caregivers are also people and sometimes they may react to your words in a different way than expected. So, always ensure that you are on the same page on everything before you hire them.

It is not always that easy.  Parents often find themselves in difficult situations with their caregivers. As much as communication is essential you must approach every situation individually.  Let’s take a look at some of the difficulties parent and caregiver often go through together and how you as a parent can solve it without compromising the bond and respect you have with each other.

  1. Your caregiver is not following your wishes

As much as caregivers have the experience and qualifications to work, they must also do what you as a parent want for your kids and home. Always state what you expect from them. Do not assume that every caregiver possesses the same skill sets and ideals. Some may prefer to incorporate their ideas and some want very direct instruction from you.  You need to know which style meets your needs.   Always be very clear about your expectations and provide frequent meaningful feedback. Keeping the lines of communication open will reduce frustrations for both parties.

  1. The issue of a raise

This is always a very sensitive topic as it can sound unprofessional on the caregiver’s part since you already had an agreement on the pay rate.  This should be handled in a professional manor and handled as it would be in any business.  Regular performance reviews will help you determine if the raise is valid and if the caregiver truly deserves it.  You can also rate them in terms of duties and expectations as well as the progress they have made with your kids and home in general. It is the easiest way to solve the situation amicably without ruining the working relationship you have or your name.

  1. Work schedule

Routines are a key factor in your families’ success and productivity.  Take some time to sit down with your care provider and lay out a detailed schedule.  This draws a very clear picture of your expectations and prevents things from getting missed. Consistency will make this transition much smoother and will ease everyone’s anxiety.

Working as a team with your care provider to make the daily schedules/routines allows for a fantastic communication opportunity.  Be open to hearing some ideas and thoughts about what is working well in the plan and what is a struggle and make the necessary adjustments.

Remember that a schedule also determines how your kids behave, grow up, perform at school and even relate to you. It can also give you time as a parent to engage with your kids no matter how busy you are with work.

  1. Setting boundaries

Building an open relationship with your provider is key to the success of the relationship.  With that you also need to be cautious to maintain the relationship as a professional one.  It is very easy to cross that line when someone is in your home every day.  You should have the expectation of privacy and professionalism from your care provider as you would your doctor.

Trust is important in any relationship and the foundation to building this trust is instillation of very clear boundaries.

Conclusion

At the need of it all, it is all about constant communication even with the guidelines in place. Do not assume that everything is going on well at home. You can also double check so that your role as a parent is not also delegated to the caregiver.

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