monday nanny hacks
As I write this, it’s 10am on a sunny Monday morning. Both babies are sleeping, the toddler is entertaining herself in the playroom, the classical radio station is playing Ravel and I’m sitting in the kitchen with coffee and my bullet journal. Believe it or not, this is a typical Monday for us. Because many kids struggle with the transition from spending the weekend with parents to the weekdays with nanny, I’ve put some guidelines in place to smooth that transition and set us off on a good start to the week.
Keep expectations low. I never schedule activities, play dates, or plan to go far from home on Mondays. We might venture over to the playground down the street, but otherwise we just stay home and keep things low-key.
Quiet time. For toddlers who have trouble saying goodbye to Mom and Dad come Monday morning, it can be helpful to give them some space and independence if they’re not ready for happy bonding time with nanny just yet. My oldest nanny kid is definitely an introvert and will often go up to her room alone and look at books for awhile before she’s ready to join everyone else at play. Of course, you shouldn’t make an upset child go to their room alone, but you can honor that this transition is hard for them and let them warm up at their own pace.
Plan easy activities. Mondays are a great day to pull out those magical activities that kids love and don’t make a huge mess for nanny to clean up. Some of our current favorites are paint sticks, MagnaTiles, water play, and farm animals. If you rotate toys, being able to pull old favorites out of storage can be a lifesaver!
Extra zzz’s. Even babies’ and toddlers’ weekends seem packed with activities, errands, outings, and visiting family, and naps can be the first thing to go out the window. I expect that my nanny kids will need to nap earlier and for longer than average on Mondays - another good reason to stay close to home.