Does the age of your nanny mean anything to you? Have you ever had the young.vs.older nanny debate? Does it make a difference? Is the age an important criteria for you?
Let’s have a look at the complexities:
An older nanny:
The big pro’s with an older nanny is that she comes with vast experience, bearing in mind that she has probably raised children of her own.
She adds value and brings some peace of mind (due to her experience).
She could be more loyal and committed, since she is more settled and has already raised her own children.
She may not have the energy to run around after young toddlers.
Considering our African culture and the imperative to always respect elders, it may be more difficult to give instructions to her, or she may struggle to take direction from you.
Once again, because of our culture, she may want to lead and discipline you in your own home, as she would her own children.
A younger nanny:
She is most likely to be more energetic and flexible when looking after an infant or toddler.
Again, our African dynamics may come into play here, and she may show more respect to you as “her elder” or “employer”.
She may not remain with your family for a long time, due to better career opportunities or wanting to settle down and start a family of her own.
She may not have extensive experience with children.
I think that it’s difficult to “qualify” someone based on their age. Personally, experience and genuine love for children is key! Catch my tips on choosing a care-giver for your child here.
What has your experience been?
Modern Zulu Mom