Nannies and Disabled Parents: It’s a Winning Combination
Parenting is one of the most challenging things you’ll ever do. Raising a baby through childhood isn’t easy, and it’s even harder for disabled parents. Especially those without a solid support system.
Disabled parents often have a harder time admitting when they need help. Every parent has days where they feel overwhelmed and in desperate need of respite, but disabled parents don’t always have the courage to stand up and ask for the help they need for fear of negativity from others like being seen as unfit to parent or unable to cope.
By welcoming a nanny into your family, you can gain the help you need without worrying about negativity – after all, it’s not like nannies are unheard of!
Here are our top reasons why a nanny is a perfect choice for disabled parents:
- Companionship – As a disabled parent, especially with a very young child or baby, it’s easy to feel isolated from the rest of the world, particularly from other adults. And as much as you love your child, it’s completely understandable to long for adult conversation. A nanny is there to support you as a parent, just as much as they support your child, and since most nannies also long for more adult conversation during the day, she’ll know exactly how you feel!
- Freedom – If you have regular hospital or doctor appointments where it’s difficult, or occasionally not at all possible, to take your child with you, you can rest assured that your child is safe at home with her nanny.
- Family Meals – As part of her daily routine, a nanny usual whips up the meals. This can be a perfect opportunity for you all to sit down together for a healthy, nutritious meal without you worrying about how to manage food preparation whilst also monitoring and entertaining your child.
- A different kind of care – If you already have an in-home carer, you might have already considered the possibility that they could also care for your child. Unfortunately, this isn’t typically permitted. Your carer’s primary focus is your health and wellbeing, so it’s understandable that they’re not able to also focus on the very demanding needs of a child. A nanny can give their sole focus to your child, leaving your carer free to do their job and take care of you.
- Flexibility – Remember that nannies don’t have to work full-time. A lot of nannies are available part-time or even as part of a nanny share with other households. Whatever your circumstances and requirements, there’s a nanny for you!
Being a disabled parent is challenging, but with the right support for you and for your child, you can rest assured that you have everything you need to raise a happy, healthy child.